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Kailasanathar Temple

Kailasanathar Temple in Kanchipuram

It means the temple of the Lord of Mt.Kailash dedicated to Shiva. Lord Shiva, the supreme ascetic and god of the Hindu pantheon, is worshipped all across India. His temples can be located in every part of the country but nowhere more than Tamil Nadu would you get a chance to see them in number. The land of temples, Tamil Nadu boasts of housing around 2,500 Shiv Temples that hold great importance for the Hindus.
Amongst all the ancient temples of Tamil Nadu, Kailasanathar temple in Kanchipuram is the oldest one. The stone carvings with intricate and dedicated workings present here are beyond words and will surpass all your expectations.

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Tamil Nadu, India
Best time to visit Kanchipuram: 
Time Needed:
1.5 hours
79.6891660°N, 12.8422628°E
Distance from Kanchipuram to Kailasanathar Temple
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Opening 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

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Read what travellers has say..

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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Content of this page was last updated at Sep 24, 2016