Friday, December 18, 2009

Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple- Kanchipuram

Kamakshi Amman temple is very near to the Ekambareshwar temple . This is one of the sacred Shakti peetams and the only Amman temple in Kanchipuram . The deity here is enshrined in a sitting posture with sugar cane in one hand, parrot, lotus and chakra in other. The deity here is the Parabrahama Swaroopini. A Sree Chakra has been installed in front of the deity by Adi Shankaracharya. In the inner prakarm there are many shrines dedicated to Varahi, Ayyapan, Anna poorni, and Adi Shankaracharya.

Near the main entrance , on either side are deities of Kalabhairavar and Mahishasura Mardhini. The dwajasthambham is also near to this and there is a lion, the vehicle of Amman in front of this.The sanctum sanctorum of Amman is plated with gold and the temple tank is very attractive. There is also a shrine dedicated to Vishnu inside the temple. This temple is under the control of the Kanchi Shankara Mutt.

Temple timings: 5.30 a.m-12.30 p.m , 4 p.m-8.30 p.m

20 comments:

Traci said...

Again, I am in love. I especially love the statues by the water.

You are quite accomplished with your camera.
:-)

....Petty Witter said...

As always, a most informative and interesting post - especially the information regarding the articles held in the hands of the deity, what exactly do they symbolise?

Wonderful photos as well. The sculptures by the tank I particularly like.

chitra said...

Traci
Thank you so much, I need all the appreciation I feel good.

chitra said...

Petty Witter,
The sugarcane bow, yes it is a bow and lotus are symbols of love , they are actually the weapons of Kama- the God of love. She wants to engage everyone with the language of love.

The chakra is for protecting her devotees.

Nisha said...

Never been to this temple. I particularly liked the sculptures by the tank !

Keep posting.

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Nisha
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chitra said...

Thanks Nisha for visiting and posting comment.

I shall do that and shall visit your site too

Mridula said...

The temple elephant also looks quite grand!

Susie said...

Gosh! Everything I see on your blog is so breathtaking!!

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season:-)

chitra said...

Mridula,
Pilgrims were queuing up to get the blessings of the elephant.But I was afraid to go near!

chitra said...

Thank you Susie
Loved your comment too. Visiting temples...it's a passion for me.

Naveen Prabhu said...

our temple architecture is really gr8 .... needs to be appreciated much more ...

chitra said...

Naveen,
thank you for your comment !

chitra said...

Naveen visited your blog too .See the comment. following you.

Monu Awalla said...

yes I heard the name of this temple, though I've never been to south but my father once told me about this temple. It is a famous temple right??

chitra said...

Monu,
Its a very famous temple. Kanchi Kamakshi is as famous as Madurai Meenakshi and kashi Vishalakshi.

Senthil Kumar said...

ஓம் காமாட்சி தாயே சரணம்..

chitra said...

Senthil
Hope you enjoyed a tour of the Kamakshi Amman temple.

Gyanada Brahmamurthy said...

The Kamakshi Amman temple located in Kanchipuram, Tamilnadu is one of the ancient Sakthi peethas. The presiding deity Kamakshi Amman gives darshan to devotees with a lasso and a goad in the upper two hands hand and a bunch of flowers in the lower two arms along with a parrot perched on the flower bunch and a sugarcane bow.
http://www.ishtadevata.com/blog/kamakshi-amman-temple-vishnu-amman-temple.html

chitra said...

Thanks a lot. Thanks for sharing this information. I appreciate.

akhil pattamatta said...

The sugarcane bow symbolises our manas, our mind . She is the power who directs our mind towards the worldly things and she is also capable of directing towards Brahman, the eternal bliss. Next the five flowers symbolise the five senses, which as said above can be directed in any way according to her blessings.She also holds an ankusa a goad which symbolises anger which can be the bloody anger which frustrates us often on the divine anger against the bad feelings in us . The rope or pasha symbolises the bonds which can bond us to the world or to herself the eternal Brahman ! Thus she symbolises the Parabrahman the true swaroopa of consciousness. Her darshan is the greatest fortune for one born on earth and gives the phala of having darshan of all other temples.