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Tirukachur is in Kancheepuram district, near Chengalpat. There are two temples of Shiva here, one at the top of the hill and the other at the foot of the hill. In a single Pathigam, Saint Sundarar had sung the praise of the Lords-10 lines. The devotees are graced by Maha Ganapathy and Thalamoola Vinayaka Lord Shiva’s Vimana is of nature by Gajabrushta.
- Moolavar : Kachabeswarar, Marundeeswarar.
- Urchavar : Amirtha Thyagarajar.
- Amman / Thayar : Anjanakshi Amman, Irulneeki Ambal.
- Thala Virutcham : Banyan and jack trees
- Agamam / Pooja : Kameekam
- Old year : 1000-2000 years old.
- Historical Name : Nadana Vinodha Nallur, Aadhi Kanchi.
- Location: Tirukachur, Kanchipuram,Tamil Nadu
Kachabeswarar temple is one of Kanchipuram town’s largest and most prominent temples, the city of a thousand temples. Kachabeswarar temple is located at the southern corner of Western Raja Street, about 1 km away from the famous Kanchipuram Ekambareswarar temple.
Kachabeswarar temple is a temple of Shiva, and Lord Shiva, this temple ‘s principal deity is called Kachabeswarar. As Soundarambikai the goddess is named. The temple has a large gopuram Raja (temple tower) and very large in area. Other idols like Saraswati, Ganesha, Chadurmukeswarar, Sastha and Bhairav are housed in the temple too.
The temple tank (called Ishta Siddhi Teerth) is surrounded by four Lord Shiva shrines-Dharma Siddheswarar, Kama Siddheswarar, Artha Siddheeswarar and Moksha Siddheswarar. There is an idol of Lord Ganesha called as Satyamozhi Vinayaka near the main deity of Kachabeswarar which was worshipped by Lord Vishnu.
The Mandhara hill used as the stick (mathu) started to sink when churning down the milk ocean. Lord Vishnu incarnated as Kachaba-tortoise to assist the Devas in getting it out. He came to this spot, created a spring, bathed and in the undertaking prayed to Lord Shiva. Hence called Kachabeswarar as Lord Shiva supported Vishnu. After this event the place came to be known as Tirukachur.
Mother Anjanakshi blesses the devotees from a separate shrine in the temple at Kachabeswarar. Anjanam means having eyes. As the Mother as Her own eyes protects devotees, She is so named. Admiring Her Elegance, as Sundaravalli, She is also praised. Before this shrine the Sri Chakra is mounted in the mandap.Women here light ghee lamps for health and stability in the household.
All festivals are devoted to Him as temple procession deity. Saint Arunagiriar had sung the temple’s praise of Lord Muruga. Since the sacred tree is Kallala Maram (Banyan tree), the temple is also known as the Temple of the Banyan Tree, Aala Koil…