Ekambaranath Temple, The Massive Shiva temple of the Sixth Century
The Ekambaranath Temple also called ‘Ekambareswarar temple’ of Lord Shiva in Kanchipuram is the most famous temples in terms of architectural art. This is the largest and unique amongst the various temples located in Kanchipuram, Tamilnadu. Spread over 40 acres, this temple was built by the Pallavas in the seventh century and then after it is also renovated by kings of Chola & Vijaynagar dynasty. This temple has 11 stories and it is one of the tallest temples in South India. At the entry point of this temple, its 59-meter gigantic Gopuram (Entry Gate) welcomes the devotees that had been built by King of Vijay Nagar, Krishnadev Rai. There are many attractive statues mounted in Ekambaranath temple. A huge corridor welcomes you when you enter the main square of the temple. There are five such corridors in the temple.
The Sand Shivalinga
Lord Shiva is sitting in the main pavilion of Ekambaranath temple. The 2.5 feet long Shivalinga is made of sand and not allowed to pouring water, it is anointed by oil. Pilgrims are not allowed to go to Shivalinga. Ekambaranath temple has also a small statue of Lord Vishnu, which is called Vamana Murthy here. There is no temple of Mother Parvati in temple premises because the Kamakshi temple of the Kanchipuram represents her separately.
The Thousand column
One of the main attractions of Ekambaranath temple is the “Aviram Kaal Mandapam”, which has one thousand columns. There are 1008 Shivalinga are mounted along with the internal boundary of this temple. The temple premises have also a splendid pond where a statue of Lord Ganesha mounts centrally.
The Ancient Mango Tree
There is a mango tree in the temple premises which is supposed to be 3500 years old. It believes that mother Parvati did tenacity under this tree and Lord Shiva appeared in this mango tree, thus he named ‘Ekambareswarar’ (the deity of the mango tree). The stem of this tree has been kept safely in the temple as a heritage. This 6th-century temple has amongst one in five holy Shiva temples of the five elements and it represents to the mother Earth.
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