Kailasanathar Temple - Tamilnadu
The Kailasanathar temple, also referred to as the Kailasanatha temple, is a Pallava-era historic Hindu temple in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India. Dedicated to Shiva, it is one of the oldest surviving monuments in Kanchipuram.
One of the most ancient temples of South India. Built by the Pallava King Rajasimha 1300 years ago, still stands as a testimony to the architectural excellence of the yesteryears’ dynasty. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kailasanathar temple attracts the spiritual seekers and tourists all through the year.
Specialty of Kailasanathar Temple :
The Kailasanathar temple is more than two thousand years old. The architectural elegance is the specialty of this temple. The mythological lions facing different directions, the idol of Lord Shiva holding an unusual style of the musical instrument Veena, the narrow circumambulatory passage around the sanctum are the key highlights of this ancient temple.
History of Kailasanathar Temple :
The temple has been existing since 705 AD . Being one of the oldest temples in South India, Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple is being preserved by the Archeological Survey of India.
The architect of this temple remains unknown in the history, but the temple was commissioned by the Pallava King Rajasimha. Historians acclaim that the Kanchi Kailasanathar temple has been the trend setter the temple architecture of South India for its unique architecture, huge facades, grand towers and unusual style of sculptures and figurines.
Kailasanathar Temple Timings : The temple is kept open from 5.30AM to 12 Noon and from 4PM to 7.30PM
Dress code Kailasanathar Temple :
No specific dress code is recommended to visit the Kailasanathar temple in kanchipuram. Still, costumes like pant-shirt, Dhoti-Shirt, Pyjama-Kurtha, Sarees, Salwars and other dresses covering the upper arm and legs are suggested as a mark of respect to the temple customs.
Kailasanathar Temple Festivals :
Thriukarthigai during November – December when approximately one lakh lamps are lighted in the temple premises, Maha Shivarathri during February-March are the festivals celebrated in Kanchi Kailasanathar temple in a grand manner. Other than these, the monthly Pradosham days and full moon days are celebrated with poojas and rituals.