This is an ancient temple built by Paranthaka Chola. Lord Vinayaka is adored as Varaguna Ganapathi.
The rays of Sun fall on the Lord on 19, 20 and 21 of Panguni month (March-April). There are 10 pillars in the inner corridor (prakara) of the temple producing 10 different musical sounds if tapped with a dry sandal stick. A hall called Sthapana Mandap has a Dwarapalaka pillar on the north side, having a sculpture of one head showing both a bull and elephant when looked at from different angles. This is a sculptural marvel. Lord Varaguna Ganapathi graces in the inner corridor with five headed Nagar (snake). There is a Vinayaka shrine also in the west hall of the western corridor. Lord Muruga graces with His consorts Valli and Deivanai holding His Vel in a Vel shaped frame. The Kubera idol on the fish vehicle in the temple is considered very important and is seen at 12 spots in the temple representing 12 zodiac signs.
10 day Thaipoosam and Brahmmotsavam in January-February is the longest and important festival of the temple with special pujas and the presiding deity coming in car procession. On the 9th day, Panchamurthis and Mother Kamakshi come in procession in two separate Rathas in the car streets of Chettikulam. Aadipooram in July-August, Vinayaka Chaturthi in August-September, Navarathri in September-October, Surasamharam and Deepavali in October-November, Tirukarthikai in November-December, Margazhi festival and Tirvadhirai in December-January, Sivarathri in February-March and Chitra Poornima in April-May are other festivals celebrated in the temple. Monthly Pradosham days, 13th day either from New Moon or Full Moon day, Pongal falling mostly on Janary 14, Tamil and English New Year days are other festive days of special pujas to Lord and Mother drawing huge crowd.
How to reach :
Rail Station : Ariyalur Railway Stations
AirPort : Trichy
Bus : There are plenty of busses from Chennai to Kanchipuram. It takes 1:30 hr – 2:00 hr for travelling to Chennai to Kanchipuram.
Contact Temple :
+91(0) 44 2742 0836
+91 99441 17450
+91 99768 42058
Temple Adress :
Sri Kanchi Ekambareswarar Temple, Kancheepuram-631 501, Tamil nadu, India.