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Kanchipuram Kachabeswarar temple

TamilNadu, Kanchipuram

Where Lord Shiva was worshipped by the 'Koorma'(tortoise) incarnation of Lord Vishnu is the temple of Kachabeswarar. In this temple in the small village of Thirukkachur in Kancheepuram resides Lord Shiva as Kachabeswarar and Goddess Soundarambikai. The idol is considered to be 'swayambhu'. Mythology describes that Lord Brahma and Saraswathi also worshipped Kachabeswarar in this temple. It is also believed that asura guru Sukracharya worshipped here to get Mruthsanjeevini and Vajrayakkai. Another story associated with the temple describes how the Lord himself, in disguise of a Brahmin, performed Bhiksha to feed his devotee Sri Sundaramurthy Naayanaar who was tired and hungry due to the long walk to the temple.


Kachab means tortoise and the legend regarding the temple is associated with the Koorma(tortoise) incarnation of Lord Vishnu which he took to lift the mountain on his back during the churning of the milky ocean. The power increased the arrogance of Koorma which prompted Lord Shiva to destroy the tortoise and string its shell on the sacred garland on his neck. Later, Lord Vishnu regretted his act and came here to get blessings of Lord Shiva.


The temple of Kachabeswarar has a wide array of sculptures and stone carved idols. The stone mandapam with 27 exquisitely carved pillars, the beautifully constructed stone pillars of the Maha mandapam, sculpted gopurams are all examples of the architectural beauty of the shrine. The main deity Sri Kachabeswarar is in the form of Shiva Lingam, which is said to be 'Swayambhu'. Goddess Anjanakshi Ambaal faces south, her idol tall and beautiful with ...View more

Darsan Info

Timings : Temple timings : 5.00 AM to 12.00 PM and 5.00 PM to 8.00 PM.
Annadanam is conducted every day at 12.00 PM.

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Darsan Dresscode

Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire.


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.

Location and Contact

Nellukara Street, Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu 631502

+91 4427233384

Devotees can travel to Kachabeswarar Temple-
By Air
Chennai, the nearest international airport, is situated around 75 km away from Kanchipuram.
By Train
Kanchipuram is the nearest railway station and Chennai, a major rail head. Local trains run between Kanchipuram and Chennai at specified intervals.
By Road
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.

Additional Info

  1. Accomodation available near Kanchipuram Kachabeswarar
    Fortune Select Grand +91 4467414243
    Hotel Vassi Palaze +91 4467496949
    Highnest Bed & Breakfast +91 9840059095
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Temple Rituals

The priests perform regular rituals like puja, aarti, abhisheka etc to Sri Kachabeswarar. Some light ghee lamps for prosperity.

Regular Offerings

Flowers, garlands, vastra and abhisheka are the common offerings to Kachabeswarar.

Special Rituals

At Kachabeswarar Temple, special pooja is conducted on Sundays during Karthigai month

Famous Festival

April - Chithirai Brahammotsavam (April/May)
May - Chitra Poornima (April/May)
November - Diwali

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