Saturday, February 20, 2021

Thavaleswarar Temple, Kanchipuram

Thavaleswarar Temple, Kanchipuram

Thavaleswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Kanchipuram City in Kanchipuram District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Thavaleswarar / Thavalagireeswarar / Laguleeswarar and Mother is called as Kamakshi. This Temple is considered as one of the 108 Shiva temples mentioned in Kanchi Puranam. The Temple is also called as Lagulisam, Thavaleswaram, Laguleeswarar Temple and Thavalagireeswarar Temple. This Temple is situated on northern banks of Sarva Theertham Tank.



Rudras like Sweta, Sudhakaran, Sweta Ketu, Swetaseega, Swetasuva, Swetalogitha, Sundara and Thunthuni headed by Lagula installed Shiva Lingas all over Kanchipuram and worshipped Lord Shiva. The Linga in this Temple is believed to be worshipped by Lagula. Hence, Lord Shiva came to be called as Laguleeswarar.


It is believed that a frog (Thavalai) worshipped Lord Shiva here. Hence, Lord Shiva came to be called as Thavaleswarar / Thavalagireeswarar.


The Temple is believed to be built by Pallavas in 8th Century CE.

The Temple

This Temple is facing towards east with three tiered Rajagopuram on the southern side. The Sanctum Sanctorum consists of Sanctum, Ardha Mandapam and Mukha Mandapam. Balipeedam and Nandi can be found in the Mukha Mandapam facing the sanctum. Presiding Deity is called as Thavaleswarar / Thavalagireeswarar / Laguleeswarar and is facing east. He is housed in the sanctum in the form of Lingam.

Somaskanda Panel can be seen behind the Lingam. Vinayaga, Dakshinamoorthy, Vishnu, Brahma and Durga are the Koshta idols located around the sanctum walls. The Vimana over the sanctum is of three tiers. 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.

Temple Opening Time

The Temple remains open from 07.00 AM to 10.00 AM and 05.00 PM to 07.00 PM.


Aippasi Annabishekam is the famous festival celebrated here. Monthly Pradoshams are also observed here.


Thavaleswarar Temple,


Kanchipuram District – 631 502

Mobile: +91 94432 22853 / 93633 19279

Mobile: +91 91506 06828 / 93643 23884


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