Kanchipuram Ekambareswarar Temple

Language : English | Temple | Audios

General Information

Timings :

6:00 am to 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm on all days

Tickets :

No tickets. Entry is free.

Facilities

Toilets :

There are Paid Public Toilets outside the bigger temples like Kamakshi Amman temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, Varadaraja Temple, – though not very clean – will serve the purpose.

The idea is to go into the hotels like Saravana Bhavan, have coffee and also use the restroom. They maintain it pretty clean.

Cloak Room :

There is no facility for keeping things. You can carry your backpack to keep your things with you.

Footwear stand :

There is no footwear stand here.

You can leave your footwear just before you enter the main complex.

Parking :

Parking can be done around the temple streets. No specific parking spots.

At times the local Panchayat will charge parking fees, but that ticket is valid for all temples. Keep the ticket.

Food

Regular hotels :

  • Hotel Saravana Bhavan (South Indian pure vegetarian)
  • Dakshin Restaurant

North Indian :

Domino’s

Checklist

  • Best to carry an Umbrella /Cap / Hat: The place is all open air. This area being tropical weather, it tends to get very warm during the day and is very hot during the summers as there is practically no shade anywhere in the temple.
  • Carry a pair of socks with you. It’s useful, especially when walking on the hard granite surface.
  • Carry your earphones/headphones
  • Power bank / Battery pack for your phone
  • Data network – you will have longer battery time if you are off the mobile data network. So when you are using the audio guide, you may want to get off the network.

The Basics

It is good to refresh our memory on these basics. In South India, almost all of the key monuments will have references to gods, goddesses, and mythological tales. Knowing these will help one appreciate the work by artists.

History

Ekambaranathar Temple (Ekambareswarar Temple) is a Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Shiva, located in the town of Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu, India. It is significant to the Hindu sect of Saivism as one of the temples associated with the five elements, the Pancha Bhoota Stalas, and specifically the element of earth, or Prithvi. Shiva is worshiped as Ekambareswarar or Ekambaranathar, and is represented by the lingam, with his idol referred to as Prithvi lingam. His consort Parvati is depicted as Gowridevi Amman. The temple also houses Nilathingal Thundam Perumal temple, a Divyadesam, the 108 temples revered in the Vaishnava canon Nalayira Divya Prabhandam.