Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple, Kanchipuram
Lord Shiva, the supreme ascetic and god of the Hindu pantheon, is worshipped all across India. His temples can be located in every part of the country but nowhere more than Tamil Nadu would you get a chance to see them in number. The land of temples, Tamil Nadu boasts of housing around 2,500 Shiv Temples that hold great importance for the Hindus. Amongst all the ancient temples of Tamil Nadu, Kailasnathar temple in Kanchipuram is the oldest one. Located in the Kanchipuram city of Tamil Nadu, Kailasanathar temple was built during 685 A.D. to 705 A.D. The Pallava ruler, Rajasimha started the construction of the temple but it was completed by his son Mahendra Varma Pallava. The architecture of the temple is a fine example of the Dravidian style of architecture carved out of sandstone. 58 small shrines with different forms of Lord Shiva surround the main shrine. The walls of the temple are adorned with beautiful paintings and sculptures of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati in different postures. According to the popular belief the temple served as a shelter to the king at the time of battles.