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Temples - Sri Kamatchi Amman Temple


Kanchi is sacred as one of the three Sakti peethas of India. Kamakshi is said to be the Supergoddess, Parasakti, having Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati as her eyes. She blesses all that dedicate themselves to her.

This temple was built by cholas in the fourteenth century. It is one of the three holy places of Sakthi worship in India the other two being Madurai and Varanasi.among these kanchipuram is the most important place. Here, the goddess is worshipped in the form of a Chakra placed in front of the idol. The sanctum sanctorum faces southeast in the centre of Gayatri Mandapam. The tradition says that there was a delightful grove of Champaka trees around the main temple now known as Gayatri Mandaparn. The Devas took the form of parrots and worshipped Sri Devi here. The temple is also in closer control of the Sankara Mutt. An image of Shankaracharya is also worshipped. Sri Sankaracharya is said to have defeated Buddhist philosophers in debate here. The main tower over the sanctum (Vimaanam) of the temple is gold plated. Also of significance is the Golden Chariot in this temple. The Golden Chariot is taken in a procession around the temple on Friday evenings around 7.00 PM. This temple also features an Art Gallery with pictures depicting the history of Sri Adisankaracharya and the Sankara Mutt.