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Kailasanatha Temple

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Address: Kanchipuram Village, Kanchipuram, India

This 8th-century sandstone temple has a sanctuary that only one worshipper...

This 8th-century sandstone temple has a sanctuary that only one worshipper can enter at a time, through a tight tunnel.

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Fantastic Old Temple

Nice carvings and in a great location - very peaceful and away from town I think this is a must see location if you are visiting Temple City

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice carvings and in a great location - very peaceful and away from town I think this is a must see location if you are visiting Temple City

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This low slung temple is Kanchipurams' oldest but has seen a lot of restoration. Built from sandstone it offers a wealth of interesting carvings but the more modern parts are, slightly unfortunately, quite obvious. Put those out of your mind however and just enjoy a leisurely stroll around the compound. It's not a huge place by any means and you... More 

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Kanchipuram, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is a old temple in Kanchipuram.It is built by Pallavas.It is really hard work.Temple is well cleaned and maintained. Lord Shiva Linga darshan is very nice.There is a small way under Shiva Linga we can go inside and pray Lord Shiva.

Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

This temple is an old temple protected by ASI. It is not crowded like the rest of the temples in kanchipuram. It is a beautiful temple with great architecture. The shiva lingam here had good vibes and seemed like a powerful deity. It is a must visit for people who like to visit old temples with architectural beauty and love... More 

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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This beautiful old temple is more a tourist attraction in itself than a place of worship. Brilliant rock cut sculptures depicting vivid stories/legends from ancient Hindu Mythology makes this a must visit in Kanchipuram. The precincts of the temple is surrounded by a beautiful lawn with shady trees ( very reminiscent of the Raj Bhavan in Delhi!) The interiors of... More 

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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

We have gone here on 1st Sunday of September 2016. We reached temple at 6.30 am ,seeing timings in google. After reaching there we came to know that temple will be open at 9.30am only. From outside we could see excellent carvings..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Kailashnath temple is one of the finest examples of the Indian temple architecture. A little distance away from Kanchipuram town, it isn't in use as a 'living' temple anymore. It is maintained by the Archeological Survey of India. So you won't find much crowd around it. Ideal for those who aren't religious minded but want to see temple architecture.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

The magnificent "Kailasanatha Temple" is the oldest religious structure in Kanchipuram, a real masterpiece of the Dravidian and Pallava architectural schools. It was built between the end of the 7th century and the beginning of the 8th century, being dedicated to God Shiva, here depicted as the "Lord of the Cosmic Mountain". Stunning carvings and sculptures, distributed on over 58... More 

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Gurgaon, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Kailashnatha Temple is one of the oldest temples of the temple town Kanchi; it was built by Pallava rulers. The architecture, particularly sculptures of this temple are ultimate art works created by master sculptors of South India. The figures of Yalis, deities, commoners are depicted with lifelike realism. The temple is entered by a small gopura (doorway) which opens in... More 

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Thrissur, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

One cannot describe the feeling and vibes one gets when within the premises of this ancient temple. one will get mesmerized by the song written on stone by the marvelous sculptures all around. Though not in quite a few sculptures have eroded with time, it just awes. This temple also has pooja and there is punarjani tunnel which one must... More 

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