Saturday, May 20, 2006

Kailasanathar Temple, Kanchipuram

Like I had mentioned last week, here are a few details of the carvings at the Kailasanathar Temple, Kanchipuram. This pic is a view of the walkway, `prakaram,' surrounding the temple. It is lined with niches each with it own carving.
An interesting feature in this temple is the inner most prakaram around the `sanctum sanctorum.' Very few try going around it. You enter it crounching, go around the ss (there is enough space inside to walk erect) and exit by wriggling out through a small crawl space at floor level. The concept is based on the cycle of birth, death and rebirth -- you are reborn so you have left your sins behind you.  Posted by Picasa

6 comments:

ashok said...

Exquisite example of temple arch...

Rajesh Raghupati said...

Good info Balaji

sathish said...

very good pictures. very clear.

R. Balaji said...

Yes, Ashok, it is a unique temple. Unfortunately it has not been promoted as much as it should be. It is not on the routine tourist circuit.
Rajesh and Satish thank you.

sakhi said...

your brief enclosure about kailasanathar temple is good. you have written well about the pradakshinam . i had the divine experience of doing the same myself.you could also write about the shiva linga in the temple. it is one of the most awe inspiring forms of the lord i have seen so far.

Shankar said...

I was lucky to experience the architectural wonder and it is very sad that it is not promoted as well as it should be.
The main Lingam has 16 facets as against the normal cylindrical structure in other temples. The stone carvings were once colored using different herbs.