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Old Aug 25, 2013, 3:18 AM   #1
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Some photos taken at the Sri Ekambareswarar temple in Kanchipuram, dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is one of the five important temples where the Lord is belived to represent one of the five elements - here, the earth, the other four being water (Thiruvanaikka), fire (Thiruvannamalai), wind (Sri Kalahasti) and space (Chidambaram).

The main tower is about 60 meters high, easily one of the tallest towers in the country. Please excuse me, there was no way of removing the parked vehicles.



This temple is believed to be in existence for over 1,500 years. The prakaram, or the inner corridor for circumambulating the main shrine, is beautifully constructed with majestic pillars decorated with fine stone carvings:



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A shrine dedicated to 'Panchamuka Vinayaka' - five faced Vinayaka, or Ganesha:



Rows and rows of pillars depicting exquisite carvings can be found in this temple.



An example. (however, this has been marred by later bordering in very recent times)



The serene tank with lush surroundings:


A later artwork on the story behind this temple (http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Ekambareswarar_Temple) :


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A very handsome piece of architecture,which kinda outdoes it's surroundings..!
The inner corridors look too long with respect to the first pic..!
Great images...
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Thank you Simon, for looking and for the comments. To clear your doubt, the attached photo shows a Google map of the temple. The entrance tower (what we call Rajagopuram) is on the bottom right. The yellow rectangle is the path for devotees to circumambulate inside the temple, long passage way built with those beautiful pillars. My photos were taken on the two longer sides of the rectange.
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Nice series Raghu, must be a fascinating place to visit.

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Fantastic images Raghu, I love the corridor shots and the beautiful carvings.
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A beautiful series Raghu, like Saly, I especially enjoyed the shots of the corridors and the amazing amount of carvings on the pillars, what a huge amount of work went into that temple... that's dedication and devotion !
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