275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thirukachiyekambam - Sri Ekambareswarar Temple !! Kanchi !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!


Thirukatchiyekambam is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva situated in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu.  This is one of the oldest temples built by the Kings of Pallava and Chola Dynasty, Emperor of  Vijayanagara Sri Krishna Devaraya also have made abundance of contributions to this temple. The majestic Rajagopuram of the temple with the height of 172ft built in the year 1509 and the 540 pillared halls in front of the Sanctum Sanctorum of the temple was also built by Sri Krishna Devaraya. It is one of the Pancha Bootha Sthalam of Lord Shiva represents the Earth. The presiding deity Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of Prithvi Linga. There is a Somaskanda panel featuring Lord Shiva, Parvati and Skanda in the main shrine and 1008 Shivalingas in a row are the stunning revelation of craftsmanship.

Presiding Diety - Sri Ekambareswarar/Ekambaranathar, one of the Panchabootha Sthal of Lord Shiva represents Earth also known as Prithvi Linga Kshetram.

Sannidhis - Sri Ekambareswarar, Goddess Parvati with Lord Muruga – Somaskandha Murthy, Goddess Kamakshi /Elavarkuzhali, Sri Nilaathungal Thunnda Perumal

Mangalasasanam - Appar, Thiru Gnana Sambadhar and Sri Sundaramurthy Nayanar sung praising the glories of Lord.  Sundaramurthy Nayanar got his eye sight back after worshipping Lord Ekambaranathar in this temple.

Sthala Vruksham - Mango Tree bears fruits of four different flavors which represent four Vedas - Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva Veda

Theertham - Kamba Nadi Theertham

Festivals - Ani Tirumanjanam, Adi Kritikai, Avani Moolam , Navaratri, Kartikai Deepam, Thai Poosam, Panguni Uthiram, Chitra Pournami  and Vaikashi Vishakam  


The legend has that while Lord Shiva engrossed in meditation Goddess Parvathi mischievously covered his eyes which resulted the entire Universe doomed into darkness.  The most infuriated Lord cursed Goddess Parvati to be born on Earth.  Goddess Parvati took birth on earth and underwent severe penance to attain Lord Shiva as her husband.  She continued her severe austerities, she formed a Linga out of sand and immersed in meditation under the Mango Tree in this place.   The neighboring River Vegavathi threatened to engulf the Linga, Goddess Parvati embraced the Linga in order to protect from its danger. Lord Shiva was profoundly convinced by Goddess Parvati’s truthful gesture and married her. 


 Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Jai Sriman Narayana!!!

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