Kailasanatha Temple
Kailasanatha Temple
4.5
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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This 8th-century sandstone temple has a sanctuary that only one worshipper can enter at a time, through a tight tunnel.
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Pratush
New Delhi, India374 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
This is one of the temples which should be explored with guides or studied it's history thoroughly before visiting as there are no guides within the vicinity of the temple which was quite shocking to us as it's one of the temples maintained by ASI but like us other tourists also witnessed the beauty of this temple without any clue of it's history.
Written 20 December 2023
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AZCasualTraveler
Mesa, AZ2,438 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
The Kailasanatha (also known as Kailasanathar) Temple that is located in Kanchipuram India. This temple has exquisite hand carved stone - in both sandstone and granite. The exterior wall of the temple is primarily sandsone and the some of the interior structures are made of granite along with sandstone. As can be seen from the photos, the hand-carved artwork is very inticate and beautiful to look as.

The temple grounds inside the exterior wall is quite large and takes time to look at the many carvings - all of which are very interesting. Some of the temple structures involve climbing some steps up to see inside, so care must be taken while going up to see inside. The Kailasanatha Temple is definitely worth the visit.
Written 15 September 2023
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey16,071 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Built in early 8th century by the last great Pallava king this Shiva temple is filled with beautiful carvings and frescoes. There are nearly 60 smaller shrines withing this temple. Its size and layout seem just perfect to me. It is interesting to visit. The temple is built out of sandstone except some structural elements built of granite. It represents the evolution of the style of Hindu temples from cave stone carvings.
Written 29 March 2023
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Arun Mani Kanta Gunda
Hyderabad, India1,061 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
Need some time to visit this temple because darshan takes time but it worths it the deity is spellbound had the darshan at afternoon
Written 21 October 2022
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Yoglica
Kerala, India9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Excellent architecture you can see here. Devotional wise i wont recommend this temple. If you are looking for photography or tour then its good place to shoot.
I didn't feel the vibe as in other great temples in kanchipuram.
Written 8 August 2022
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Rocky
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Very one temple and just visit temple at Kanchipuram.all the tourist must visit this temple without skipping.
Written 13 January 2022
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sankalansarkar
Mumbai, India279 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Narasimhavarman II (also called Rajasimha), along with his queen Rangapataka, built the Kailashanatha temple at the Pallava capital, Kanchipuram in 700CE. This is technically the first pure stone structural temple (as opposed to cave-excavated and monolithic) in India. Structural temples are those where rocks are cut and shaped separately and then interlocked to attain the desired size and shape of edifice.
The Kailashanatha temple featured additions by a later descendant as well.
The temple was covered with murals and sculptures from Day one. The outer murals got washed away over time with sun and rain.
In 1915, the Public Works Department took up the responsibility of conserving this heritage beauty. They found the sandstone sculptures deteriorating (duh!) and thus decided to plaster them with lime. Like a boss, they plastered over the paintings as well. Thankfully, the ASI stepped in, albeit too late, and began the process of removing the lime from them. Even then, nearly 90% of the murals have been lost. Today, the temple stands heavily touched by ‘conservationists’.
Written 22 December 2021
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Gokul Krishna
Chennai District, India22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
It's a historic place where we see lord Shiva here its 1000 + years old . It's the place where we will realise that our lifes...
Written 13 October 2020
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Aaqarsh Aiyyar
Chennai (Madras), India2,432 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
The temple is the oldest in Kanchipuram and was constructed during the seventh century by the pallava kings. Going around the main sanctum is believed to stop the rebirth. What ever it is, it is a wonderful experience. This is a must visit in Kanchipuram.
Written 31 May 2020
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Jalaramaaih V
Bengaluru, India295 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This ancient temple. There are many beautiful sculptures in the temple. Many stories are sculptured around temple.
Written 19 February 2020
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