Legend has it that Parvati devi did a penance under the temple's ancient Mango tree near Vegavathi river. In order to test her, Shiva first send fire. Hearing Parvati's prayers Vishnu helped cool down the tree and Parvathi. Shiva then send Ganga. On Parvati's request, Ganga did not disturb her penance and Parvati made a Shiva Linga out of sand to get united with Shiva. Thus the God here came to be known as Ekambareswarar or "Lord of Mango Tree".
According to another legend, it is believed that Parvati worshipped Shiva in the form of a Prithivi Lingam (or a Lingam made out of sand), under a mango tree. The overflowing waters of the neighboring Vegavati river threatened to engulf the Shiva Lingam. Parvati embraced the Lingam to protect it. Shiva touched by the gesture came in person and married her.
This temple is part of
Kanchipuram Divya Desam Yatra.
Pancha Bootha Stalam Yatra
One of the ancient temples in India, the architectural marvel of Ekambareswar Temple epitomises the skills of the bygone era of Pallavas, Cholas and Vijayanagars. One of the tallest gopurams in India, the 59m thigh temple gate way is adorned with exquisite carvings. The hallway with a thousand pillars and the 1008 lingams that adorn the inner walls are sights to behold. There is a small shrine for Vishnu named Thiru Nilaaththingal Thundathan inside the temple complex, which is one of the 108 divya desams. The temple tree is a 3,500-year-old mango tree whose branches are said to yield four different types of mangoes from its branches.
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Ekambareswarar Temple timings : 6:00 AM - 12:30 PM and 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
There is no separate shrine for the female deity as is customary in all the Shiva Temples found in Kancheepuram. Heavy crowds can be expected on new moon, full moon and pradosha days.
Darsan Dresscode: Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire while visiting Ekambareswarar Temple.
Kanchipuram, in the state of Tamil Nadu is one of the important religious places in India and a holy pilgrimage site for both Saivites and Vaishnavites. Historically, it was a centre for education and popular for the architectural beauty of its temples. Silk saree weaving is a major industry and Kanchipuram pattu(silk) is famous all around the country.
Language Spoken: Tamil
Car St, Periya, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu 631502Contact Number : +91 4427222084, +91 4427232083
Devotees can reach Ekambareswarar or Ekambaranathar Temple-
Chennai, the nearest international airport, is situated around 75 km away from Kanchipuram.
Kanchipuram is the nearest railway station and Chennai, a major rail head. Local trains run between Kanchipuram and Chennai at specified intervals.
The city of Kanchipuram is well connected with the other part of the states. There are frequent services, state buses as well as Chennai Metropolitan buses from Chennai.
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Six worship services are offered in the temple of Sri Ekambareshwar every day.
It is a local belief that if a childless woman takes the fruit of the tree at the Ekambareswarar Temple, she is blessed with children.
Ekambaranathar Temple timings : 6:00 AM - 12:30 PM and 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Ukshakala Pooja: 6.30 AM
Kala santhi Pooja :7.30 AM
Uchikala Pooja: 11.30 AM
Pradhosa Kaalam: 5.00 PM
Sayaratchai Pooja: 6.00 PM
Arthajama Pooja: 8.30 PM
Flowers, Garlands are the common offerings offered to Ekambaranathar.
April - Panguni Uthiram festival
November - Diwali, Kartikai Deepam
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