Kanchipuram Kamakshi Temple

Kanchipuram Kamakshi Temple:

Kanchipuram is also known as Kanchi or Kancheepuram is a city in the state of Tamil Nadu. In Kanchipuram Kamakshi Amman temple is very famous. Kanchipuram is also famous for sarees.

Kanchipuram Kamakshi Temple History:

Rakshasa named Bandasura did severe penance for Lord Brahma and got several boons. He became very powerful and started troubling Devathas. Devathas urged Lord Siva for help. As Lord Siva knows only Sri BalaTripurasundari Devi has the power to kill Bandasura, he advised them to go to Kanchipuram through Bilamarga(tunnel), which is the safest place during Pralayam and pray for BalaTripurasundari Devi.

Devatha’s came to Kanchipuram. They stayed in Kanchipuram in the disguise of parrots on a Champaka tree and prayed for BalaTripurasundari Devi. Goddess was pleased by their prayers and came out of a Bila in a very ferocious form with 8 hands, Chakra and 18 weapons and killed Bandasura, who is slepping in Kailasam. She dragged the body of Bandasura from Kailasam to Kanchipuram and entered the Bilam in the form of a small girl. Devathas recognized the goddess and took their original identities, but were frightened to go near the goddess as she looked very ferocious. They all prayed her to calm down. She took the form of a beautiful young girl with all the ornaments and with a smile on her face. She ordered Devathas to burry the body of Bandasura in the ground and install a Jayastamba on it.

Devathas buried Bandakasura as said by goddess. They built Gayatri Mandapam and did Avahana of the goddess in the form of a young girl on the Ratna Simhasana. Later they closed the doors and kept chanting Devi Slokas. They waited till next morning and then opened the doors. They wondered to see Lalitha Parameswari Devi in her nija roopa of Maha Tripurasundari with full of grace in her face, instead of the young girl. They Chanted Slokas in praise of her. She was pleased by their prayers and told she will be blessing every one coming here with her eyesight itself by the name of “Kamakshi Devi”.

She emerged as Swayumbu on Srimukha Nama year, Phalguna month, and when Ravi(sun) is in Kumba rasi, Krishnapaksha Thithi, Purvapalguni Nakshatram, Friday.

Devatha’s wanted to do Patabishakam to MahaTripurasundari Devi. Viswakarma had sent Pallaki, Lord Brahma had sent pearl necklace, Lord Vishnu had sent Navaratna Kiritam, Lord Siva had sent Srichakra Pathakam made of all ratnas as gifts and decorated goddess with all ornaments and did Patabishekam. They urged her to stay here permanently. It is important to go to Swarna Kamakshi Mandiram after visiting Kamakshi Devi and not to do Sastanganamaskara in Gayatri Mandapam. We can see idol of Thundeera beside Vuschava Kamakshi. It seems as if he is in dyanam. Devootees pass by with out disturbing him. While crossing him devotees close their mouth by their hand (silence) as a sign of respect.

Kamakshi Amman fulfills all our wishes through her eyes, So she is called as Kamakshi. Her eyes are full of kindness, love and affection. Many devotees feel some magic near her eyes, which could not be explained in words they are carried away by the kindness in her eyes. The Goddess is seated in a majestic Padmasana. The letter “KA” represents Saraswati, “MA” represents Lakshmi and “akshi” refers to the gracious eyes. Goddess Lakshmi and Saraswati are referred as the two eyes of Sri Kamakshi Amman deity. It is believed that in Kanchipuram Lakshmi Devi and Saraswathi Devi stand on either side of Kamakshi Devi and perform Vinjamara seva to Kamakshi Amman.

Kamakshi Devi in Kanchipuram is in the form of Bilaakasam, Srichakra and as LalithaDevi with Arrows (Flowers) in her lower right hand, Ankusa in upper right hand, Bow (Sugarcane) in lower left hand, Pasa in upper left hand. Srichakra is present in front of the main deity. Any Pooja is first performed to Srichakra and then to main deity. Srichakram is installed by Adi Sankaracharya to pacify Kamakshi Devi.

Kanchipuram Kamakshi Amman Temple Timings:

Day Timings
Monday 05:00am – 08:00pm
Tuesday 05:00am – 08:00pm
Wednesday 05:00am – 08:00pm
Thursday 05:00am – 08:00pm
Friday 05:00am – 08:00pm
Saturday 05:00am – 08:00pm
Sunday 05:00am – 08:00pm

Kanchipuram Kamakshi Pooja/Seva Timings:

Name of the Pooja/Seva Timings
Abhishekam 05:30am – 04:00pm
Ashtotthara 07:00am – 12:00pm
06:00pm – 08:00pm
Sahasranaama Archana 09:00am – 08:00pm
Lakshmi Astottaram Archana 06:00am – 08:30pm

How to Reach Kanchi Kamakshi temple ?

Distance from Tirupati to Kanchipuram is 109 kilometres, 2hrs 55mns drive.Distance from Chittoor to Kanchipuram is 92kms, 2hrs 13mns drive. Distance from Chennai to Kanchipuram is 73kms, 2hrs 30mns drive. Distance from Bangalore to Kanchipuram is 280kms, 5hrs 30mns drive

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