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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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Fabulous sandstone carvings

We were virtually on our own when we visited here. The sandstone carvings are superb. Because it is sandstone, there has been some inevitable erosion, but not that much... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Wirral UK
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Wirral UK
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were virtually on our own when we visited here. The sandstone carvings are superb. Because it is sandstone, there has been some inevitable erosion, but not that much considering the temple is 1,200 years of age.The site must have been incredible in its heyday. Loved it here. A must visit place.

Thank NeilandBarbara
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Don't miss the detailing in the 58 shrines for Shiva in the outer prakaram. Photography is allowed here.

Thank Rajan M
Russellville, Alabama
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

If you love carvings this temple is wonderful. Every available surface is carved and since it has fewer visitors it is possible to take your time and get amazing photos with light and shadows and great depth of focus. Also possible to enter main sanctum and observe worship.

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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Better rely on GPS to get you here. The temple was supposed to open at 9 but the very old priest slowly put in a appearance at 9.30 and by 9.45 we were admitted to the main sanctum. The temple is very old told be of 6 to 7 century AD built by Pallava dynasty. The intricate carving on the... More 

Thank aparnaka11
Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

This is the No.1 temple in Kanchipuram for its heritage, beautifully carved sculptures all round, with a very calm and peaceful atmosphere and less crowded by devotees but highly visited by foreigners and art & heritage lovers. You can see the awe inspiring sculptures I have attached in my Photographs. this temple is said to be 1200 years old, built... More 

Thank Gajarajan1947
Bracknell, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Temple has a good atmosphere, clean walk around and a small garden. Only takes an hour to get around at a leisurely pace. Well worth a visit when you get to Kanchipuram.

Thank Paul B
Vadodara, India
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

The magnificent "Kailasanatha Temple" is the oldest religious structure in Kanchipuram , built by the Pallava king Narsimhavarman II in the early 8th century , a real masterpiece of the Dravidian and Pallava architectural schools . It was built dedicated to God Shiva, here depicted as the "Lord of the Cosmic Mountain". Stunning carvings and sculptures, distributed over 58 small... More 

Thank Dilip S
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

Amazingly carved & painted sculptures around periphery of sanctum. We tried a lot asking about history & importance of temple from Tamil & broken English speaking priest & caretaker - as official guide was not available - but they didnot knew much. It was such an amazing Architecture piece of our rich culture.. !!! I wish they had some board... More 

Thank ManiWild
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Historical values of temple can be seen, good climate during feb. Pray well and feel the bliss. please visit don't miss.

Thank Suresh V
Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed 29 January 2017

Must visit, the Linga is mammoth and divine..those who are able to, can try the crawling in and out experience surrounding the Linga,the priest was kind enough to explain its significance

Thank maheshg6

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