Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Nagareeswarar Temple, Kanchipuram

Nagareeswarar Temple, Kanchipuram

Nagareeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Kanchipuram City in Kanchipuram District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Nagareeswarar and Mother is called as Kamakshi. This Temple is also called as Nagareesam. This temple is situated in Mettu Theru (Street). The temple is believed to be built by Cholas.



As per legend, it is believed that Lord Shiva of this temple is responsible for the creation of Kanchipuram Nagaram (town). Hence, Lord Shiva came to be called as Nagareeswarar.

Indra worshipped Lord Shiva here:

It is believed that Lord Indra installed Shiva Linga at this place and worshipped Lord Shiva to get relief from his sin.

The Temple

This temple is facing towards east with an entrance arch. The entrance arch has stucco image of Somaskanda. Nandi and Balipeedam can be found immediately after the entrance arch, facing the sanctum. The Sanctum Sanctorum consists of Sanctum, Ardha Mandapam and Maha Mandapam. Presiding Deity is called as Nagareeswarar and is facing east. He is housed in the sanctum in the form of Lingam. Vinayaga, Dakshinamoorthy, Vishnu, Brahma and Durga are the Koshta idols located around the sanctum walls.

Chandikeswarar Shrine can be seen in his usual location. As in other temples in Kanchipuram, there is no separate shrine of Parvathi as it is believed that Kamakshi of Kanchipuram Kamakshi Temple is the common Parvathi shrine for all Shiva temples. There are shrines for Vallabha Vinayagar, Maha Vishnu, Anjaneya, Lord Murugan with his consorts Valli & Deivanai, Kala Bhairava and Suryan in the temple premises.

Temple Opening Time

The Temple remains open from 07.00 am to 11.00 am and 05.30 pm to 08.30 pm.


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