Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Anekadhangavadeswarar Temple, Kanchipuram – The Temple

Anekadhangavadeswarar Temple, Kanchipuram – The Temple
The temple is located in Kanchipuram, on the way from the town to the Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple. Anekadhangavadeswarar temple complex has a single prakaram (outer courtyard) and a small Rajagopuram (gateway tower) facing North. The central shrine faces east and holds the image of Anekadhangavadeswarar (Shiva) in the form of lingam made of granite. As in other temples in Kanchipuram, there is no separate shrine of Parvathi as it is believed that Kamakshi of Kanchipuram is the common Parvathi shrine for all Shiva temples.

The granite image of Nandi (the bull and vehicle of Shiva) is located axial to the sanctum.  As in other Shiva temples of Tamilnadu, the first precinct or the walls around the sanctum of Anekadhangavadeswarar have images of Dakshinamurthy (Shiva as the Teacher), Durga (warrior-goddess) and Chandikeswarar (a saint and devotee of Shiva). There is a separate shrine for Periya Vinayaga. The temple precinct is surrounded by granite walls. This is a small temple with the sanctum sanctorum with one corridor-prakara.  

Main entrance is in northern side.  Lord Vinayaka graces in a big form from a separate shrine in the name of Peria (big) Vinayaka. Installed by Lord Vinayaka, Lord Shiva is praised in the name of Anekadhangavdha Easwarar.  Lord Vinayaka also is known as Anekadhangavadhar.

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