Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple
Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple-Kanchipuram

The kanchi Kailasanathar temple is in Kanchipuram located in Tamil Nadu. It is dedicated to the Lord Shiva, and is known for its historical importance. Kanji kailasanathar temple is a oldest structurel temple built by the Pallavas in their capital town of Kanchipuram. The temple is located on the banks of the Vedavathi River at the western limits of the Kanchipuram, facing east. The temple is located in a rustic suburb away from the madness of the city crowd. The temple complex is complete in all respects as it has garbagriha (sanctum sanctorum), antarala (inner enclosure), mandapa, a high compound wall, and an entrance gate, the gopuram. The mandapa, which was initially detached, was made part of the main shrine by interposing an ardhamantapa (smaller hall). The pillars of the mandapa have the repetitive features of mythical lion mounts.

The temple also has the earliest stone inscription records of the twenty eight Saivagamas (Shaiva saints) in which the Pallava King Rajasimhavarman states his faith in Shaivism. The murals on the inner walls [citation needed] are well preserved.


The Kailasanathar temple was constructed by the Pallava 650 AD -705 AD.  This is the first construction temple in south India built by Rajasimma Palleswaran. Later the son Mahendra Varma Pallava was completed. Therefore, the city was built by the Pallavas as their capital of Kanchipuram. Then the Cholas conquered Kanchipuram after the pallavas. It is a popular belief that during wars this temple served as a safe haven for the rulers. There was a tunnel built by the kings as an escape route which can be seen even today. The Kailasanathar temple is currently being observed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) because it is slightly worse since the old age.


One of the unique features of this temple is the 16 sided Shiva lingam made up of black granite at the main shrine.

Opening time

Morning 6.00 am – 12.00 pm

Evening 4.00 pm – 7.00 pm


Two times a daily pooja.


Maha Shivratri is the most popular festival celebrated here. This is when devotees of Lord Shiva flock the temple complex to pay tributes and offer prayers.

By Bus  

Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple about 2kms from Thanjavur New Bus Station.

By Train

You can easily get regular trains to Thanjavur from other major cities of the country.

By Air      

The nearest airport to Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple is Tiruchirapalli Airport. Distance between Thanjavur to Tiruchirapalli Airport is 55 km away.

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