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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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The moksha tunnel

Another stunning temple that has its own myth and legend attached to it. Along the same period as the shore temple in mahabalipuram ,you can see some great wall paintings with... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Another stunning temple that has its own myth and legend attached to it. Along the same period as the shore temple in mahabalipuram ,you can see some great wall paintings with some of the dyes still visible.Do attempt the moksha tunnel crawl next to the santum sanctorum as it is not as daunting as it seems.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Built during the Pallavar dynasty (~ 700AD), this is an amazing collection of sculptures (unfortunately, mostly in sandstone) and even murals. The oldest temple in the ancient city of Kanchipuram, this one began the trend for structural temples, rather than rock/cave carved temples. Good to know - there's clean bathroom facilities available outside, if you ask (kept locked), and even... More 

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Must visit if you go to kanchipuram. Master piece of pallavas. Most of them are made of sand stones.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thanks to Tripadvisor, I found this gem of a temple that is the pinnacle of Pallava architecture. Though it was sad to see many panels and sculptures defaced, it was awe inspiring to see the statues. The Yaazhis are particular majestic and the costume and jewelry detailing on the sculptures is not to be missed. Go in the early evening... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This temple is outside the main city limits and hence is very quiet and peaceful, This temple is full of stone carvings and scupltures. The temple also has small garden just outside of the temple. One can actually find this temple less crowded. To do the circumabmulation(pradakshina), one has to crawl through a small passage for getting inside.(A secret Passage).... More 

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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This whole architecture is marvelous. Its not crowd pulling and locals less known about the temple. Its outside the town and less crowded, not a usual temple things will happen here, its kind of museum, you can observe quietly. Going with some prior knowledge would be helpful to understand this art. A must visit in Kaanchipuram.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

This temple looks like a prototype design build... Please note "The views below are personal and is limited to the knowledge of the writer " They are built on a massive granite foundation which is basically the pyramidal type and can be said that many of the other temples which even now withstand time like the tanjore big temple have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

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 15 November 2016 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 11 November 2016 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.


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