Ekambareshvara Temple, Kanchipuram

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Ekambareshvara Temple is the temple of the Hindu God Shiva and every year thousands of devotees flock to the place for His blessings. The temple, which was built even before the 600 AD is located in the northern part of the city of Kanchipuram.

The temple is one of the five most revered temples of Shiva and is symbolic of the element Earth of the five elements. It is one among the 'Panchabootha Sthalams'. The round tower head of the temple is 59m tall making it one of the tallest such structure in India.

According to a local legend Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva, had once done penance under an old Mango tree that is still situated within the temple premises.

The temple is believed to have been built by the Pallava Kings and is a supreme example of the fine craftsmanship of the times. Later, the temple was reconstructed and other additional work was also done by the subsequent rulers of Kanchipuram.  

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