About the temple
The temple is among the 108 divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas and comes under Tondai naatu divyadesams in Kanchipuram. It is one of the three most popular temples in Kanchipuram- the others being Sri Ekambareeswarar temple and Lord Varadaraja perumal temple. It is one of two temples in Kanchipuram where a divyadesam is inside a Shaivite temple. The main sanctum is of Sri Kamakshi amman and the presiding deity for the divyadesam is Sri Aadhi Varaha perumal. Thayar is known as Anjilaivalli thayar.
It is believed that Parvati when penanced under a mango tree in Kanchi to be reunited with Lord Shiva, she took Lord Vishnu's help. Hence, there is a shrine for Lord Vishnu in Sri Kamakshi amman temple. Also Lord Vishnu is said to have overheard the conversation between Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Parvati and hence Parvati is said to have called him as Kalvan - the other name for Lord Vishnu in this temple. Lord Vishnu is seen in standing, sitting and sleeping postures in the northern side of the temple tank.
How to reach
The temple is at a walkable distance from Kanchipuram bus stand, Thiru ooragathan temple and Sri Ekambareshwarar temple. ... Click to enlarge
Temple tank and vimanam
The temple tank is called Nithya pushkarni and the vimanam is known as Vamana vimanam.
Temples in proximity