Ekambareswarar Temple is one of the celebrated Hindu temples devoted to Lord Shiva, placed in Kanchipuram in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. This inconceivable temple is a standout amongst the most antiquated in India having been in presence since no less than 600 AD. Second century AD Tamil verse talks about Kama kottam, and the Kumara kottam (at present the Kamakashi Amman temple and the Subramanya temple). The current structure then, was pulled down and revamped by the Pallava Kings. The Cholas, who came later, additionally made a few commitments to the temple.
There is a little holy place for Lord Vishnu named Thiru Nilaaththingal Thundathan. Here, the Lord Vishnu is begged as Vamana Murthy.the temple blankets a region of in excess of 40 sections of land. Arriving at a tallness of 57 meters, the temple’s Raja gopuram (the passageway tower to the temple) is one of the tallest in South India and was manufactured by the Vijayanagar King, Krishnadevaraya.
One remarkable gimmick of the temple is the Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, or the “lobby with a thousand columns”, which was manufactured by the Vijayanagar Kings. The temple’s inward dividers are embellished with an exhibit of 1,008 Siva lingams. The sthala-virutcham is a 3,500 year old mango tree whose extensions are said to yield four separate sorts of mangoes.
Legend has it that once Parvati was doing tapas under the temple’s aged Mango Tree. To test her commitment Lord Shiva sent fire on her. Goddess Parvati implored her sibling, Lord Vishnu, for help. So as to spare her, he took the Moon from Lord Shiva’s head and indicated the beams which then chilled off the tree and Parvati.
After that, Lord Shiva again sent the waterway Ganga to disturb Parvati’s tapas. Parvati devi petitioned Ganga and persuaded her that both of them were sisters thus ought not hurt her. Thus Ganga did not irritate her repentance after that. At that point Parvati made a Shiva Linga out of sand and got united with Lord Shiva.
As indicated by an alternate legend, it is accepted that Parvati revered Shiva as a Prithivi Lingam (or a Lingam extemporized out of sand), under a mango tree. Legend has it that the neighboring Vegavati stream flooded and undermined to inundate the Shiva Lingam and that Parvati or Kamakshi grasped the Lingam. Shiva touched by the signal emerged in individual and wedded her. In this connection he is alluded to as Tazhuva kuzhainthaar (“He who dissolved in Her grip”) in Tamil.
10 day Thaipoosam and Brahmmotsavam in January-February is the longest and critical celebration of the temple with unique pujas and the directing divinity coming in auto parade. On the ninth day, Panchamurthis and Mother Kamakshi come in parade in two different Rathas in the auto boulevards of Chettikulam. Aadipooram in July-August, Vinayaka Chaturthi in August-September, Navarathri in September-October, Surasamharam and Deepavali in October-November, Tirukarthikai in November-December, Margazhi celebration and Tirvadhirai in December-January, Sivarathri in February-March and Chitra Poornima in April-May are different celebrations celebrated in the temple. Month to month Pradosham days, thirteenth day either from New Moon or Full Moon day, Pongal falling generally on Janary 14, Tamil and English New Year days are other merry days of uncommon pujas to Lord and Mother drawing enormous swarm.
The beams of Sun fall on the Lord on 19, 20 and 21 of Panguni month (March-April). There are 10 columns in the internal hall (prakara) of the temple creating 10 distinctive musical sounds if tapped with a dry shoe stick. A corridor called Sthapana Mandap has a Dwarapalaka column on the north side, having a model of one head indicating both a bull and elephant when taken a gander at from diverse plot. This is a sculptural wonder. Ruler Varaguna Ganapathi graces in the inward hall with five headed Nagar (snake). There is a Vinayaka hallowed place additionally in the west corridor of the western hall. Master Muruga graces with His partners Valli and Deivanai holding His Vel in a Vel formed edge. The Kubera icon on the fish vehicle in the temple is viewed as exceptionally critical and is seen at 12 spots in the temple speaking to 12 zodiac signs.