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Housed in a Shiva Temple, this Vishnu temple is one among the celebrated 108 Divya Desas of Lord Vishnu.


Lord Maha Vishnu took the form of Tortoise to the hold the Meru Mount used as the stick to churn the milk ocean. Serpent Vasuki was used as the rope. Vasuki, exhausted during this exercise, split its venom which fell on the Tortoise Vishnu under the milk ocean blackening His skin originally alluring pale blue. Treatments were of no avail. Lord Brahma suggested that worshipping Lord Shiva will remove the blackness and restore His original shade. Perumal performed penance on Lord Shiva, who granted darshan. Crescent Moon on the head of Lord Shiva spread his rays on Perumal. Black disappeared. He recovered His own alluring blue shining better than before. Lord Ekambareswarar Temple was built on the background of this story. As Perumal got back His skin colour as before through rays of Moon, He is praised as Nila Thunda-crescent moon-Perumal. The shrine is in the Easanya corner – northeast- of the temple.

how can you reach this temple
By Surface Transport

The Nearest bus stop is Kanchipuram.Kanchipuram is well connected by several bus services from and to major cities.

The nearest railway station is Arakkonam railway station Junction

By Air

The nearest airport to reach Sri Pavala Vannar temple is Chennai International airport.


Sri Nilathunda Perumal temple Kanchipuram

Extra Information

Nearby Temple

Kanchi Kamakshi Devi Temple

Kailasanadhar Temple

Sri Simha Dhakshinamoorthi Vyagrapuriswarar Temple

Madambakkam Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Temple

Vaikunda Perumal Temple Kachabeshwarar Temple

Kanchi Varadaraja Swami Temple

Sri Nilathingal Thundathan Perumal Temple also named as ‘Thiru Nilathingal Thundam‘ dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also one of the ‘108 Divya Desam Temples‘ is situated inside the Ekambareswarar Temple premises.Another significant thing is Ekambareswarar Temple is located in Kanchipuram city of Tamilnadu,dedicated to Lord Shiva representing the element ‘Earth‘.Another significant thing isEkambareswarar Temple is located in Kanchipuram city of Tamilnadu,dedicated to Lord Shiva representing the element ‘Earth‘.

Timings and Events

6 AM to 11 PM and 5 PM to 8 PM


Lord bearing the light of the moon, every Poornima day – full moon day is a festival day in the temple. Purattasi Saturdays of September-October and Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January are other festivals observed in the temple.

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