Kailaash Naath Temple,
Kailaash Naath Temple, Nepal
Kailaash Naath Temple is located in the temple town of Kaancheepuram in
Tamilnaadu, India. It is called as Kailaashnath, Kovil. It was built by the
in the early 8th century AD. It is famous for its splendid Vimaan. It also
contains numerous panels showing Lord Shiv as Nataraaj in various postures.
This temple was built by Pallav King Narasinh Varmaa II (Raajaa Sinh). The
Chola King Rajaraja Chol I visited this Temple and named this Temple as Kaachipettu
Periya Thirukatrali (Stone Temple of Kaachipettu (ancient name of Kaancheepuram).
It is believed by many archeologists that this Kailaash Naath Temple must be
the inspiration for Raajaraajaa Chol I to build the
Tanjore Brihadeshwar Temple. Currently the temple is well maintained by
Archaeological Survey of India.
It has its main sanctum facing the east side. The rear wall of the
Temple has a sculpture of Som Skand (Shiv and Umaa with their son Murugan
in the centre), which was always seen in Shiv temples of the Pallav age.
There is a large sixteen-sided Shiv Ling in the temple shrine here.
It is learnt that the Shiv Ling has the flat stripes inside the Temple
which is specialty of this Ling. It is 10 feet high and the Temple closes
by 6 to 630 PM daily. There is a story behind this early closure. Temple
priest narrates it to the visitors.
In the temple
there is a small passage which begins from the entrance of the Garbh Griha
and round the Shiv Ling. It starts from the right side and ends on the
left side of the lingam. According to the priests of the Temple the narrow
passage was built deliberately in which the devotees have to crawl and
begin their rotation from the right and finish on the left side of the
Ling. The process of crawling signifies that man crawls in his initial
stage and learns to grow slowly and gradually while he again has to crawl
in his later stage. In this way Lord Shiv ensures that there is no
Punarjanm (re-birth) if one is successful in completing the rotation.
Kailaash Naath Temple, Elloraa
the first of Raashtrakoot kings, seized power over Chaalukya kings at
Badaamee (south of the Rivar Krishnaa) in 752. The Raashtrakoot capital
was established at Elloraa near the modern city of Aurangaabaad, north of
the River Godaavaree, where Danteedurgaa's successor Krishnaa I (reign,
756-775) subsidized the excavation of India's foremost rock temple, one of
the architectural wonders of the world - the Kailaash Naath Temple of Lord
Shiv. This was carved out of a mountain of solid rock. The genius of Indian
stone carving has never been so brilliantly demonstrated. There are many
Buddhist, Jain and other Hindu caves at Elloraa, some quite beautiful, but
there is only one Kailaash Naath.
This is the No
16 cave among Elloraa caves. Founded in the last quarter of the 8th
century by King Krishn I, it consists of a single enormous excavation
almost 100 feet deep into the rock of the cliff.