Kamakshi Amman Temple
The Kamakshi Amman Temple is the biggest attraction of this city that depicts the original tradition of Hindu region. It is believed that this temple is purely dedicated to the Goddess Paravati. Dating back to the 7th century, this shrine was built by the Pallava kings. It is again renovated again during the 14th Century by the Cholas. The most emphasized part of this temple is that it is directly located in the main city of kanchipuram. The temple expands over an area of about 5 acres in which the sanctum of this shrine is decorated with a gold plated vimanam.
It is said that Kamakshi was known as the Parabhrama Swarupini who were enshrined in a seated posture in the sanctum with Bhrama Vishnu Rudra Eswara and Sadasiva.
It is a common believe of all the people that Kamakshi was initially considered as Ugra Swaroopini during the days of Adi Sankara. Adi Shankaracharya put ‘a chakra’ before her and the goddess got alive as Shanta Swaroopini (Kind form of Shakti). The location comprises of temples that have ruthless features of the Goddess, However Kamakshi Temple is an exception as it represents the image of the deity which is taken out in procession at the time of festivals. The image shows Goddess taking leave from Shankaracharya, at his temple in the inside prakaram. One day, the Ugra Swaroopini was felt out the boundary of temple and Sankaracharya had appealed her not to go away from the temple complex.
The layout of the temple is quite intricate. The outer prakaram of this temple has a tank where many mandapams such as the 100 pillared halls, the dwajaarohana mandapam are constructed. Tourists can also see the picture image of Vishnu near this temple tank.