Kamakshi AmmanTemple

Kamakshi Amman sanctum faces south-east in the middle of the Gayatri Mandapa. The beautiful deity of the Devi is in the Padmaasana posture, holding a bow of sugarcane and five arrows (pancha paana) of flowers. She is worshipped as Rajarajeshwari, Maha Tripurasundari, Lalitha and Kameshwari.The Kamakoti Peeta or Sri Chakra is in front of the Goddess and all pujas are offered to this. Pujas are performed according to Chintamani Tantra, prescribed by sage Durvasa. There are separate shrines for sage Durvasa, a Devi Upasaka, Thundira Ganapathi, Goddess Annapurni and Adi Shankara. During festival processions, the Devis idol is taken out only after formally seeking Adi Shankaras permission. This is in fulfillment of a divine promise. The original processional deity in gold, Swarna Kamakshi, was taken to a shrine in Thanjavur in the year 1767 at the time of Muslim invasion. There She is worshipped as Bangaru Kamakshi. In its place in Kanchipuram, Her golden Paadukaas (holy feet), consecreted by Kanchi Paramacharya Sri Chandrashekharendra Saraswathi, are worshipped. There are four entrances to the temple, but the eastern entrance is considered the main gateway. A beautiful Gopura adorns this gate. The sacred tank in the temple is known as Pancha Ganga Theertha.


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