As per Hindu legend, Vishnu in the form of the tortoise (called Karkada) worshipped Shiva to attain divine ambrosia at this place. On account of the legend, the place was called Kascapavoor, which went on to become Kachoor and the presiding deity, Shiva came to be known as Karchabeswarar. The temple has a recorded history from the 10th century, but scholar attributes the presence of the temple at least from the 8th century, pertaining to the period of Sundarar, the famous Saiva Nayanar. Sundarar has glorified the temple in his verses in 11th Thirumurai of Thevaram.
The temple has a flat gateway tower and all the shrines of the temple are enclosed in concentric rectangular granite walls. There is a sixteen pillar hall in front the gateway that has sculpted pillars dating back to the 16th century. The temple occupies an area of around 2 acres . The temple tank is located adjacent to the sixteen pillared hall. The central shrine houses the image of Kachabeswarar in the form of Lingam. The shrine of Irulneeki Thayar , facing West is located in the Mahamandapam leading to the sanctum. The central shrine is approached through the shrine of Thyagaraja located adjacent to the sanctum. As in other Shiva temples in Tamil Nadu, the shrines of Vinayaka, Murugan, Navagraha, Chandikesa and Durga are located around the precinct of the main shrine. There is a shrine depicting Shiva offering food to Sundarar on the Western side.
Kachabeswarar Temple Kanchipuram
Chithirai Brahammotsavam and Chitra Poornima-full moon day are celebrated in April-May at Kachabeswarar temple. Karthigai Month Weekly Sunday Kadaganayaru, Special pooja Conducted.
Morning : 5.30 A.M. to 12.00 Noon Evening : 4.00 P.M to 8.00 P.M
S.no Period Timing
1) Ushakalam 6:00 A.M
2) Kalasandhi 7:00 A.M
3) Uchikalam 12:00 Noon
4) Pradhosam 5:00 P.M
5) Sayaracthai 6:00 P.M
6) Arthajamam 8:00 P.M
Festival Day's Workship Timing Will Be Changed
Religious importance A stucco image indicating the legend of Shiva as a Brahmin feeding Sundarar It is one of the shrines of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams - Shiva Sthalams glorified in the early medieval Tevaram poems by Tamil Saivite Nayanars Sundarar. As per Hindu legend, Sundarar, while travelling through the place became very hungry. Shiva appeared in the form of a Brahmin and fed Sundarar. Sundarar has made a mention of the event, calling the deity as Kachabeswarar, Virundeeswarar and Iranthittai Eswarar.
Near By Chennai International Airport, GST Rd, Chennai situated at 64.7 Kms.
The nearest bus stop Kanchipuram Bus Stand.
Near By Railway Station Old Kanchipuram Railway Station at 1.7 Kms.