Kailasanathar Temple, Adayalacheri, Koovathur, Kanchipuram
Kailasanathar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Adayalacheri in Lathur Taluk of Kanchipuram District. Presiding deity is called as Kailasanathar and Mother is called as Thiripura Sundari. It is believed that there was an Adhishtanam of a sacred person here. There are sculptures of a Sage with his Sishyas and Kama sutra. There is also another Shiva linga in open space under a neem tree on the northern side at about half a km distance. The sacred name of this Iswara is unknown.
Adayalacheri which means “identity town” in tamil is a hamlet, situated 7 km from Kalpakkam, where Tamilnadu`s first atomic power plant is operating, with around a thousand population. The temple of yore is still intact except the Rajagopuram, the main entrance, where the top portion is dilapidated and wears a pathetic look.
Daily poojas are performed twice a day with at most punctuality. The temple has its own sacred tank. Very strangely a map of the temple is sculpted at the entrance of the Shrine. A tomb, called `Adhistanam` can be seen inside the temple. A great saint might have been buried here. His name and the period when he lived are unknown. The Lingam, which usually remains at the top of the tomb, is conspicuous by its absence. The Lingam is installed some distance away from the tomb.
The figures sculpted on the pillars depict finest form of art and showcase the skill of the artisans. During circumambulation you can see five deities, called parivara deities, in well carved niches.
Every year following four important festivals are celebrated in this temple;
· Karthigai Deepam
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Adayalacheri is a Village in Lathur Taluk in Kanchipuram District of Tamilnadu State, India. It is located 61 Kms towards South from District headquarters Kanchipuram and 81 Kms from State capital Chennai. This village is situated on ECR road to Pondicherry. One can take Chennai- Pondicherry bus via ECR and get down at Koovathur stop. From there this village is about 2 km.