Kailasanathar Temple, Kovalam, Kancheepuram

Sri Kailasanathar Temple is located in Kovalam in Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu in South India. The commanding deity of this temple is Kailasanathar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is none.

The holy tree of this temple is Vilwa. The holy water of this temple is Changu theertham. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameeyam. This temple is about 500-1000 years old in this region. The historical name of this spot is Kovalam.

The main festival of this temple are Tirukarthikai in November-December, Maha Shivrathri in February-March; Pradosham days, Panguni Uthiram in March-April, Poornima days-full moon days, Purattasi Navarathri in September-October, Mondays of Karthikai Tamil month covering November-December, Thai Poosam in January-February, Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January, Pongal, Deepvalli, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Margazhi Tiruvadirai in December-January, Vaikasi Thiruvadhirai in May-June and Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November are celebrated in the temple. Special Pujas and rituals are conducted on to Lord and Mother in this temple.

Lord Shiva facing west is a swayambumurthy in this shrine. The temple is open from 6.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m for all the Hindus. According to the local legends, there is a strange custom of women facing marriage problems tie the wedding knot to Mother directly themselves in the shrine. Men tie the knot to Nandhi before Lord Shiva shrine.

This temple can be easily accessed through roadways from the heart of the city and nearby towns. Devotees and pilgrims visit this particular shrine from far and near within the district and state on all the auspicious and festive days.

Address – Sri Kailasanathar Temple, Kovalam, Kancheepuram district. Tamil Nadu.

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