Kailasanathar Temple, Kanchipuram

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Admire the exquisitely carved sandstone at Kailasanathar Temple, an ancient Hindu temple and the oldest structure in Kanchipuram. Built in the seventh century CE by King Rajasimha, this modestly scaled temple has an air of intimacy enhanced by the warm color of its masterfully arranged and adorned stones. Pyramidal shikhara, gopuram, and plastered walls feature throughout the temple, serving as examples for many later architects and stonemasons in South India. Known for individual worship, the complex features a sanctuary so small that only one devotee at a time can enter through a tight tunnel. Enter this "puja" and feel the sanctity of the ancient gods. Our Kanchipuram trip itinerary planner makes visiting Kailasanathar Temple and other Kanchipuram attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • It's a historic place where we see lord Shiva here its 1000 + years old . It's the place where we will realise that our lifes...  more »
  • The temple is the oldest in Kanchipuram and was constructed during the seventh century by the pallava kings. Going around the main sanctum is believed to stop the rebirth. What ever it is, it is a...  more »
  • Such a beautiful place..! Historical art ๐ŸŽจ! My friend introduced this place to me and I loved it. This historic place is great experience for me. It deserves a lot more attention than other places. ...! I'm waiting for next meet. Yeah! Missing you my dear friend. Get ready for the trip. ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰
  • What an amazing temple. This one is lesser known as it is a bit far from the Kanchipuram temple. Also, it's less religious than the rest of the bigger ones. But the architectural magnificence will enthrall you once you are in. A photographer's delight.

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