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Sri Kailasanathar Temple


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Sri Kailasanathar Temple Overview

Ranked 5 of 25 sightseeing in Kanchipuram

Sri Kailasanathar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the main shrine is surrounded by some 58 smaller shrines. It is considered one of the simplest temples of Kanchipuram as it lacks any such ornamentation.

The temple is constructed in red sandstone and its walls are adorned with fresco-style paintings and sculptures of lions; Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva and Shiva in various postures and forms.

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
6:00 AM -7:00 PM
6:00 AM -7:00 PM
6:00 AM -7:00 PM
Public Holidays:
6:00 AM -7:00 PM

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Rizwanuddin Rafiq5.0/5

3023 reviews

The oldest and the grandest, Lord Shiva Temple

The Kailasanatha Temple, close to the Bus Stand, is the oldest and the grandest structure in the town, built by last Pallava King Rajasimha in 8th century and dedicated to Lord Shiva. This Lord Shiva Temple is surrounded by 58 small shrines, each with splendid carvings of the various representations of Lord Shiva. The recently discovered frescoes here are the earliest in South India. The Garbhagriha means sanctum has a circumambulatory passage with great symbolic meaning, as seven steps indicating seven births and a dark passage indicates the journey of life and a narrow outlet indicates the death. This is a great attraction among the devotees and tourists.

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Jagdish Raval4.3/5

415 reviews

Oldest temple of Lord Shiva

2nd time got blessing of Lord Shiva in the year 2015 at the oldest temple of Lord Shiva in Kanchipuram on 25. 11. 2015. The temple is of 7th Century i. E. 1400 years old and still in almost in same position with some changes needed essential by Archaeology Survey of India. Temple remains open from 6 a. M to 6 p. M. In the temple there is a huge Shivalinga in a shining black stone. There are more than 50 Shivlinga surrounding main temple. Hundreds of idols of various God/Goddess/Devi/Devata are there in sand stone on outer wall of Main temple. If you are interested to see in details, please come with at-least one hour in your pocket.

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Arkathrva bhattacharya5.0/5

5 reviews

Can spend hours

Very beautiful temple. Clean, quiet and peaceful. Mesmerizing Dravidian architecture from Pallavas. Can spend some hours observing the stone carvings.

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Sri Kailasanathar Temple, Kanchipuram

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