June 12, 2010

An unknown architectural marvel of ancient time - Mrutyunjeswarar Temple, Kanchipuram, India

Mrutyunjeswarar temple is a beautiful example for ancient Pallava architecture. This outstanding beautiful small temple is located next to Pachaivanna Perumal temple in the main road and very close to the bus stand in Kanchipuram, South India. It is unfortunate that this temple is neglected and no one visits this temple. Due to this reason, the main shrine where Lord Shiva (Mrutyunjeswarar) is located remains closed. The temple is under the archaeological survey of India.
There is no separate shrine for the goddess. However, there are separate shrines for Ganesha and Skanda. The idol of Nandi is very beautiful with its face slightly turned toward right side. This temple is believed to have been worshipped by the sage Markandeya, and hence there is an idol for him in this temple.

I wish those who go to Kanchipuram should visit this ancient architecutral marvel of South India.

Happy travelling.

Site Name: Mrutyunjeswarar Temple
Highlights:
Ancient Pallava architecture

Location: Kanchipuram, 75 kms from Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India
Nearest Railway Station: Kanchipuram
Nearest Airport: Chennai (around 75 kms)
How to reach: Easily reachable by road and train
Hotel: A lot of luxury hotels and budget hotels are available
Restaurants: There are a lot of good restaurants in the city

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