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The temple of Ekambareswarar stands in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu. One of the country’s five Pancha Bootha Sthalams, the temple is central in Hindu culture. Every year thousands of devotees go to visit the temple. It is one of the biggest Kanchipuram temples.
- Moolavar: Ekambaranathar.
- Amman/Thayar: Kamatchi
- Sthala Vruksham/ Tree: Mango Tree.
- Theertham / Holy water : SivaGangai
- Slogam/Prayer/Phrase : Civakamam
- Location : Kanchipuram , Tamil Nadu.
This large temple is one of the oldest that has existed in India since at least AD 600. Second century AD Tamil poetry talks of Kama kottam, and Kumara kottam (currently temple Kamakashi Amman and temple Subramanya). Then the original building was taken down by the Kings of Pallava and restored. The Cholas have made many contributions to the temple which came later.
There’s no separate shrine for Parvati here (as in other Kanchipuram Shiva temples).
There is a small shrine called Thiru Nilaaththingal Thundathan named for Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu is prayed here as Vamana Murthy.
The temple covers more than 40 acres in area. At an altitude of 57 metres, the temple’s Raja gopuram (the temple entrance tower) is one of South India ‘s highest and was constructed
A notable feature of the temple is the Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, or “a thousand-pillar corridor” constructed by the Kings of Vijayanagar. The inner walls of the temple are adorned with an array of 1,008 Siva lingams.
The sthala-virutcham is a mango tree 3,500 years old whose branches are said to yield four distinct forms of mangoes.
Legend has it that Parvati performed tapas under the ancient Mango Tree of the temple once. Lord Shiva sent fire on her, to test her loyalty.
Goddess Parvati has prayed for support to her brother, Lord Vishnu. He took the Moon from the head of Lord Shiva to save her and showed the rays which then cooled down both the tree and Parvati.After that, Lord Shiva sent the Ganga River again to disappoint
Parvati devi prayed to Ganga and told her that they were both sisters, and so could not hurt her. And even after that Ganga has not disrupted her penance. Parvati then made a Shiva Linga out of the sand and became associated with Lord Shiva.
It is believed that, according to another legend, Parvati worshipped Shiva under a mango tree in the shape of a Prithivi Lingam (or a Lingam constructed out of sand).
It is legend that the nearby river Vegavati overflowed and threatened to swallow the Shiva Lingam, and that Parvati or Kamakshi accepted the Lingam. Shiva touched by the gesture materialised and married her in person. In this sense he is known in Tamil as Tazhuva kuzhainthaar (“He who melted in Her embrace”).