Legend has it that once Parvati, the consort of Shiva was doing penance under the temple's ancient Mango tree near Vegavathi river. In order to test her devotion Shiva sent fire on her. Goddess Parvati prayed to her brother, Vishnu, for help. In order to save her, he took the Moon from Shiva's head and showed the rays which then cooled down the tree as well as Parvati. Shiva again sent the river Ganga (Ganges) to disrupt Parvati's penance. Parvati prayed to Ganga and convinced her that both of them were sisters and so should not harm her. Subsequently, Ganga did not disturb her penance and Parvati made a Shiva Linga out of the sand to get united with Shiva. The God here came to be known as Ekambareswarar or "Lord of Mango Tree". Pillar inside the temple According to another legend, it is believed that Parvati worshipped Shiva in the form of a Prithivi Lingam (or a Lingam improvised out of sand), under a mango tree. Legend has it that the neighbouring Vegavati river overflowed and threatened to engulf the Shiva Lingam and that Parvati or Kamakshi embraced the Lingam. Shiva touched by the gesture materialised in person and married her. In this context, he is referred to as Teshuva Ku paint hair in Tamil. Tiurkuripputhonda Nayanar, one of the 63 saivite saints, called nayanars was a washerman in near the temple and he washed the clothes of all the Saivities. He was divinely tricked by God Shiva appearing as an aged brahmin and asked him to wash before dawn. At the same time, Shiva made a cloudy evening. On observing the approach of the evening, the washerman banged his head in a stone in disappointment. God appeared in his true form and graced his devotee.
The temple covers an area of over 23 acres . Reaching a height of 59 meters, the temple's Raja gopuram is one of the tallest in South India. One notable feature of the temple is the Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, or the "hallway with a thousand pillars", which was built by the Vijayanagar Kings. The temple's inner walls are decorated with an array of 1,008 Siva lingams. The campus is 25 acres with 5 prakarams and has a thousand-pillared hall. Kampai Tirtha, the temple tank is believed to have an underground holy river. The fourth courtyard contains a small Ganesha temple and a pond. The third courtyard contains a lot of smaller shrines. The sanctum sanctorum contains the lingam along with the image of Shiva.
Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram
Panguni Uthiram festival celebrated during the month of March–April is the most popular of all the temple festivals in Kanchipuram
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m
Sirukovil for Lord Vishnu: There is a small shrine for Lord Vishnu named Thiru Nilaaththingal Thundathan. Here Lord Vishnu is worshipped as Vamana Murthy. Temple’s Full address: Ekambareswarar Temple, Car St, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu 631502
Chennai is the nearest airport. From Chennai, the temple is 75 km's away.
Ekambareswarar Temple in Kanchipuram is 75 kms from Chennai.
The nearest Railway Station is Kanchipuram. From Kanchipuram, private taxis and buses are available to reach this temple.