Lord Shiva & Lord Vishnu

Temple History

The famous Karchapeswarar temple is situated in Kanchipuram, Tamilnadu. This temple was built by Pallava kings in 7th century CE, later renovated by Vijayanagara Kings. This temple is also known as Kachipedu in some inscriptions.

Legend dates back to the churning of Vaikuntam's (Lord Vishnu's abode) Milky ocean. Milky ocean was churned by making Vasuki Serpent as Churning rope and Mount meru as Churning stick by Devas and Asuras. As churing in progress Mount Meru started sinking into the ocean, Lord Vishnu assumed Kurma Avathar (Kachapa) and bore the weight of Meru. It is said that, Lord Vishnu become very hot due to halahal(poison) coming out while churning process . After the churning process Sri Vishnu prayed Lord Shiva to get rid from the heat generated. Lord Shiva asked him to stand in front of him facing west then he released the cool waves of moon from his head which cooled Lord Vishnu in Kurma avatar.

According to the legend Vishnu is believed to have worshiped Shiva in the form of a turtle, kurmemerali in Tamil. “Kacchapam” is a Sanskrit word for “Turtle”. Hence the name “Kacchapa Eswarar Temple”.

Yearly Bramhotsvam is grandly celebrated here during large number of devotees visiting this temple to seek blessings of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.


Additional Information

Kanchi Kamakshi Amman Temple, Sri Varadaraja perumal temple, Ekambareswarar Temple and Kailasanthar temple are the other famous temples in Kanchipuram.

Hotels and accommodation facilities are available in Kanchipuram temple city.

Kanchipuram Bus Stand is just 800 mts and Kanchipuram New Railway Station is 1.4 kms from the temple. Chennai International Airport is 62 kms from here.

Autos and private transport is available from the bus and railway stations.
  • 6:00 am to 12:00 and 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Contact Person: Temple Office
  • Contact Number: 044 2723 3384