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About Kanchi Kamakshi Temple

A historic and spiritual centre in South India, Kanchipuram is the seat of Goddess Kamakshi. It is one of the seven Mokshapuris (Ayodhya Mathura Maya Kashi Kanchi Avantika Puri Dwarakavati caiva saptaide moksha dayika) and fifty one Shakti Peethas.The Goddess Kamakshi is in a sitting posture resembling a Lotus, and hence called the Padmasana. The Goddess holds a Sugarcane bow in her left arm and LotusĀ and Parrot in her right, in addition to Pasha-Ankusha.
A Chandra Prabhai (Crescent shape of the moon) on the forehead is also present. The Ambal Sannadhi is in the Gayatri Mandapam.

Important Sannadhis

  • Sri Kamakshi Amman Sannadhi
  • Varahi, Arupa lakshmi, Ganapati, Kalvar Perumal (one of the 108 Divya Deshas) inside the Gayatri Mandapam.
  • Ayyappan (Sasta), Saraswathi, Annapoorani and Adi Shankaracharya in the prakaram.
  • Kala Bhairavar and Mahishasura Mardhini, Kashi Viswanathar in the outer prakaram

The Temple Precincts

The temple complex is dotted with Sannadhis, Mandapas, the pushkarini(temple tank), all rich in architectural splendour and with intricate carvings.

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Gopurams

Pinnacles of Glory

The majestic towers of the temple.

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Temple Tank

Pushkarini

Home to The Teppotsavams
(float-festivals)

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Mandapams

Pillared Halls of Divinity

Each Mandapam is host to a different utsavam spread throughout the year.

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