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
onderful grace on her face. Many smaller shrines of Ganesha, Karthikeya, Saraswathi, Bhairava etc are on the outer parikarma path. There is also a beautiful pond for this temple called 'Koorma Theertham'.Picture courtesy: indiancolumbus.blogspot.com
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.
Devotees can travel to Kachabeswarar 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.
The priests perform regular rituals like puja, aarti, abhisheka etc to Sri Kachabeswarar. Some light ghee lamps for prosperity.
Flowers, garlands, vastra and abhisheka are the common offerings to Kachabeswarar.