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57. Kachi Nerikkaaraikkaadu

 கச்சி நெறி காரைக்காடு 

Location: Kanchipuram
(Tondai Naadu)
Shiva: Kaaraittirunatheswarar, Satyanatheswarar
Ambal: Kaaraaarkuzhali, Kamakshi
Theertham: Indra Theertham
Patikam : Sambandar
Travel Base: Kanchipuram
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Description: This small shrine in Kanchi is also known as Satyavratam and Indiresam. None of the Shiva temples in Kanchi have a separate shrine for Ambal. .The Ekambareswarar temple is the largest and the best known Shivastalam in the temple town of Kanchipuram. The image above is that of one of the long corridors (prakarams) in the Ekambareswarar temple. This is the 5th of the 32 Tevara Stalams in the Tondai region of South India.

The Temple: There are two prakarams and a three tiered Rajagopuram  in this temple, and a tank which is known as Indra Theertham and Budha Theertham. Legend has it that Indra the King of the Devas and Budhan worshipped Shiva here. It is believed that sesame oil offered during ablutions are absorbed  by the Shivalingam. The sanctum enshrines Shiva as well as the processional image of Parvati (Bhramarambika) and an image of Surya. 

Festivals: Arudra Darisanam is celebrated in this temple. Please refer to the Kachi Ekambam (Ekambareswarar Temple) at Kanchipuram for more information on Kanchipuram.

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