Kamakshi Temple

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Kamakshi Amman Temple, Kanchipuram

Kanchi Kamakshi Temple is an ancient Hindu Temple dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi, the ultimate form of Goddess Lalitha Maha Tripurasundari a manifestation of Parvati Devi, consort of Lord Siva. Located in the historic city of Kanchipuram, about 75 Kilometers from Chennai, The capital of Tamil Nadu in the southern part of India.
Kamakshi Temple
Spreaded in a sprawling 5 acers of space the temple was built by the Pallava kings, whose capital was Kanchipuram. The Idol of the main Deity, Kamakshi, is seated in a majestic Padmasana, signifying peace and prosperity. Goddess holds a sugarcane bow and bunch of five flowers in the lower two of her arms and has a pasha, an ankusha in her upper two arms. There is also a parrot perched near the flower bunch.
Kamakshi Temple
Kamakshi is worshipped as Parabrahma Swaroopini. She was initially very furious and was depicted as Ugra Swaroopini and became Shanta Swaroopini at the request of Adi Shankara who installed Sri Chakra in the place. The festive image of the temple is symbolically taken from the shrine of Adi Shankara following the legend.
Kamakshi Temple
The cause of Devi’s presence here is due to the falling of body parts of the corpse of Sati Devi. The naval part of Sati Devi’s body is believed to have fallen here. Sati’s self-immolation during Daksha yaga and subsequent falling of her holines’s body parts at various places on earth is the origin of Shakti Peethas.
Kamakshi Temple
The temple was renovated by the authorities recently.

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