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Kailasanathar Temple

#Temple in Kanchipuram

One of the oldest structures of Kanchipuram, the Kailasanathar Temple has a number of megalith rock kovils present. This ancient place of worship is an interesting specimen of the Pallava architecture with the presiding deity's sanctum having a flight of 7 steps and narrow passages for the devotees to crawl through.

The temple was constructed to honour the great Lord Shiva with it housing sculptures of Shiva in his 64 different poses of Hindu mythology. The interiors of the temple are adorned with beautiful paintings of instances from the Hindu religion. The holy place is an architectural wonder with exquisite sculptures and a well detailed edifice of Lord Shiva in the main sanctum. This holy abode in the temple town is a marvel for art lovers and pilgrims.

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Tamil Nadu, India
Best time to visit Kanchipuram: 
Ticket / Cost / Expenses
Time people usually spend here:
1.5 hours
Latitude / Longitude:
12.8422628°N, 79.6891660°E
Distance from Kanchipuram city center to Kailasanathar Temple
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Opening and Closing Timings:

Monday: 5:30 AM – 12:00 PM, 4:00 – 9:00 PM

Tuesday: 5:30 AM – 12:00 PM, 4:00 – 9:00 PM

Wednesday: 5:30 AM – 12:00 PM, 4:00 – 9:00 PM

Thursday: 5:30 AM – 12:00 PM, 4:00 – 9:00 PM

Friday: 5:30 AM – 12:00 PM, 4:00 – 9:00 PM

Saturday: 5:30 AM – 12:00 PM, 4:00 – 9:00 PM

Sunday: 5:30 AM – 12:00 PM, 4:00 – 9:00 PM

Read traveller's reviews about Kailasanathar Temple..

Overall Rating:4.7

  '5' out of 5
"A pallava period lord Shiva temple...there is a connection between this temple and thiruninravur Sri hiruthayaleswarar ...lord Shiva attended this temple consecration after Thiruninravur temple built in his heart by Poosalar one of the 63 nayanmar..."
  '5' out of 5
"Oldest temple... old sculptures... better preserved recently... u will love d architecture n sculptures...a must visit place... visited on 26th March 2016"
  '5' out of 5
"The kanchi Kailasanathar temple is the oldest structure in Kanchipuram. Located in Tamil Nadu, India, it is a Hindu temple in theDravidian architectural style. It is dedicated to the Lord Shiva, and is known for its historical importance. The temple was built from 685-705AD by a Rajasimha ruler of the Pallava Dynasty. "
  '5' out of 5
"Excellent Carvings. Most of the temple is in dangerous state, ASI should atleast try to recarve them or restore them as done in other temples like darasuram etc. Dont forget to visit circumambulatory passage."
  '5' out of 5
"This is a beautiful small temple, retaining the original Pallava style and one can can spend from around 30 mins to 1 hr at the temple. The nandis placed around here and the huge mythical lions surrounding the sculptures add to the beauty!! "

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