Arulmigu Ekambreswarar Temple, Kanchipuram (Earth)


Ekambareswarar temple is one of the largest of the temples in this sacred city of Tamil Nadu. The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and considered one of the oldest Shiva Temples in India. History says that the Ekambareswarar Temple was built before 600 A.D. Thought in the beginning the temple was nothing but a small fane, but over the years, it grew to be one of the largest temples, with gopurams and tanks , shrines and mandapans.

This vast temple with high rising Gopurams dominates the skyline of Kanchipuram the historic capital of the Pallavas. Kanchipuram - a temple town is considered to be the foremost among the seven prime pilgrimage centers in India. Along with Mamallapuram and Tirukkalunkunram, this town attracts the attention of several tourists in Chennai. Also in Kanchipuram is the grand Varadarajar temple along with several other temples revered by the tamil hymns of the Alwars of the 1st millennium. The Pallavas, Cholas and the Vijayanagar Kings especially Krishna Deva Raya have contributed to this temple. Second century AD Tamil poetry speaks of Kamakottam, and the Kumarakottam (currently the Kamakashi Amman temple and the Subramanya temple). Tiruvacakam, Tirukkovaiyaar, Kanchipuranam, Manimekalai etc. speak of the glory of Kanchi the city.The existing structure then, was pulled down and rebuilt by the Pallava Kings. The Cholas who came in later also made several contributions to the temple.

Architecture:

The temple covers an area of over 40 acres. The Raja Gopuram or the entrance tower to the temple which rises to a height of 172 feet was built by the Vijayanagar Monarch Krishnadevaraya. The pillared hall in front of the sanctum was also built by the Vijayanagar Kings.

Pooja Timing

Pooja Timings
Koo Pooja
6.00 a.m.
Ukshakala Pooja
6.30 a.m. To 7.30 a.m
Kala santhi Pooja
7.30 a.m. To 8.30 a.m
Uchikala Pooja
11.30 a.m. To 12.00 Noon
Pradhosa Kaalam
5.00 p.m. To 5.30 p.m
Sayaratchai Pooja
6.00 p.m. To 7.00 p.m
Arthajama Pooja
8.30 p.m.

Temple Opening Time

Morning :   06.00 AM To 12.30 P.M

Evening :   04.00 PM To 08.30 P.M

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