December 12, 2015

Uthiramerur Kailasanathar Temple

Site Name: Kailasanathar temple
Site Type: Hindu ancient temple
Location:   Uthiramerur, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: Chola period inscriptions
Nearest Railway Station: Kanchipuram
Nearest Airport: Chennai
How to reach: Well connected by road from Kanchipuram and Chennai
Hotel: Go to Uthiramerur for mid-range hotels; for better option, go to Kanchi or Chennai
Restaurants:  Limited options in Uthiramerur

Uthiramerur town is located near Kanchipuram city in Tamil Nadu state of India . An ancient temple called Kailasanathar temple is located here. Let us explore this beautiful but little known temple.


History:

It is believed that the Kailasanathar temple was built by the Pallava King Dantivarman in the 8th century CE. The front side mandapa was added by the Chola Kings later.

The temple has the inscriptions about the Chola Kings Raja Raja Chola and Rajendra Chola, Nayaka Kings such as  Bommu Nayaka and Krishnama Nayaka and Krishnadeva Raya of Vijayanagara.

The temple was in dilapidated state. Thanks to the efforts by REACH Foundation for restoring the structure of the temple. 



Temple Layout:

The temple is small and looks very beautiful. The vimana is very attractive. The sanctum sanctorum enshrines Shiva Linga called as Kailasanathar. The Shiva Linga is bigger in size. The unique feature of the temple is the sculpture of Somaskanda on the inner wall of the sanctum sanctorum.

Apart from Kailasanathar and Nandi which is facing the deity, there are no other deity found in the temple. There is no niche image, flag staff or tower.

Happy travelling.

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