Kanchipuram: Ekambareshwar Temple

This is the largest temple in Shiva Kanchi (the larger part of Kanchipuram that is dominated by Shaivite temples) and the most important from a contemporary religious standpoint. The temple structures mostly date back to the 16th and 17th c AD.

Ekambareshwar is one of those temples in Tamil Nadu where one can almost get lost in the labyrinthine arrangement of covered columned passageways, subsidiary shrines and other temple structures that have been built around the central shrine structure within the inner enclosure!

 

The large southern gopuram of the outer enclosure is from the early 17th c

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Art deco grill-work on this small temple building adjacent to the outer gopuram!

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Another gopuram on an inner enclosure

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Mandapa in front of the innermost-enclosure entrance, with adjacent Nandi mandapa and tank.

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Columned passageways and shrines in the inner enclosure. This temple has a open-air courtyard behind the main shrine, in which is located a mango tree that is part of the mythology of the temple.

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