Kamakshi Amman Temple is dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi, a divine form of Parvati. It is located in the historic city Kanchipuram, near Chennai. Madurai Meenakshi, Thiruvanaikaval Akilandeswari, Vishalakshi Varanasi and Kamakshi Amman Temple are the important places of worship of Parvati. It is also one of the 51 Shakti Peeth.
Legend has it that Kamakshi prayed to a Shivalingam made out of mud, here under a mango tree and attained Shiva's hand in marriage. It also believed that Mahalakshmi was cursed by Lord Vishnu to be born as Aarupam and she came here to pray and was eventually liberated from the curse. Aarupa Lakshmi has a shrine here. There are also, legends that tell of King Dashratha to have offered prayers here for a daughter and his wish was fulfilled.This tem...View more
le is part of Saptapuri Yatra, Kanchipuram Divya Desam Yatra.and Shaktipeethas.
The outer prakaram houses the temple tank and several mandapams, out of which, one 100 pillared hall is exquisite. Golden vimanam is a visual splendour and can be cherished from the outer prakaram. Images to Vishnu (Ninraan, Irundaan, Kidandaan) are seen near the temple tank. Golden overlay Gopurams have stood the test of time and present one of the most marvellous examples of the early Dravidian Architecture.
Local transport (Cycle rickshaws, auto rickshaws or city buses) is easily available from the Railway station & Bus Stand. From chennai Airport, you can get a taxi/cab or local trains to Kanchipuram.
Being one of the "Shakti Peeth", the cosmic feminine energy is held in high regards here. Also, the culture here follows the principles and ideologies established by Adi Shankracharya. Like most historical shrines in India, long held tradition like Rath Yatra and Annual Fairs are celebrated with a lot of fanfare.
Language Spoken:Tamil and English
Abhishek & Archana, Kumkum Offering to Aarupa Lakshmi by people who want to get married.
Coconuts are compulsory for Archana. Kumkum is offered to Aarupa Lakshmi