GOD: EKAMBARESWARA SWAMY
GODDESS: KAMAKSHI DEVI
Ekambareswara Swamy temple is one of the famous temples in Kanchipuram, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Siva Linga in Ekambareswara Swamy temple is one among the Pancha Bootha(five elements) lingas. The five elements are Earth, Air, Water, Fire, Sky. This temple represents the element EARTH. The Siva Lingam inside the temple is made of Sand by Kamakshi Devi(Parvathi Devi) under a mango tree. Kamakshi Devi . It is also called as Rudhrasala, Rudrakoti, Bhukailasah.
Lord Siva and Parvathi Devi were sporting in Kailasam. Goddess in her playful mood closed the eyes of Lord Siva. The whole world became dark and life on earth was in danger. Lord Siva then opened his third eye to save the world. Goddess asked Lord Siva to forgive her mistake. Lord Siva told her to go to earth and do penanace. Parvathi Devi came to Badarika Asramam and took the form of a small baby.
Kathyayana Mahamuni was doing penance for a child in Badarika Asramam. He was very happy to see this child and took her to his Asramam. So Parvathi Devi got the name Kathyayani. Kathyayana muni knows the reason why she came on earth so (as she grew) he gave her Yogadandam, Japamala, Deepasthambam, Pot, Skin of tiger, Book, Roasted green gram (Pesara pappu), Ganga water, Sand from river Ganga, Umbrella, and other thing that were necessary to do penance and told her to travel towards south direction to reach Kanchipuram and pray for Lord Siva. He told some symbols to identify Kanchipuram.
Lord Siva in order to test her, sent Ganga Devi in the form of huge flood. Huge flood began to submerge that place and Kathyayani Devi out of fear said “Kampa Kampa” and called her maids. Kampa also means fear and hence the water that formed a river is called as River Kampa. One of the maids, in the form of Durga, obstructed the flood and made the flood to sink into the Kapalam in her hand, so she is called as “MAHA PRALAYA BANDINI”. Lord Siva increased the force of the flood and now flood started coming out of the Kapalam and she couldn’t control it. Kathyayani Devi called Lord Vishnu for her help. Lord Vishnu told her Lord Siva created this flood to test her and told her to please Lord Siva by her prayer. She hugged the Sivalingam and started praying Lord Siva. The flood couldnot dissolve the Sivaligam which is made of Sand. As she hugged the Sivaligam the hand prints of the Kathyayani Devi are seen on the lingam). Lord Siva was pleased by her prayer and forgave her and made her as his consort. As he fulfilled the wishes of Kathyayani Devi he is called as Kameswarudu and she is called as Kameswari. By the touch of the feet of Lord Siva Kampa River went in to the inner layers of land and flowed as Anthervahinai
IN THE MONTH OF PHALGUNI, THE MARRIAGE OF LORD SIVA AND PARVATI IS CELEBRATED WITH GREAT POMP AND SPLENDOR.
This is one of the most ancient temples in India and has been in existence even prior to 600 A.D. The temple covers an area of over 40 acres. The Raja Gopuram is 172 feet height and was built by Vijayanagar Monarch Krishnadevaraya.
THE main Lingam is made of Sand so Abishekam is not done. It is covered with silver sheath. Some special oil is used here.
|DEITES UNDER MANGO TREE|
OTHER TEMPLES TO SEE INSIDE THE SHRINE
There is a small shrine for Lord Vishnu named “THIRU NILAATHINGAL THUNDATHAN”
It is one among the 108 divya desams.