Iravatanesvara Temple, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu

Iravatanesvara Temple, Kanchipuram
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The Iravatanesvara temple (also called Sri Jurahareswarar Temple) is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is located in Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu, India. The temple is famous for its great architecture, wonderful vimana and Nandi. Archaeological Survey of India is maintaining the temple which is also a protected monument.

Legends of the Iravatanesvara Temple

According to the legend, The Jurahareswarar (Lord Shiva) name came as he killed the demon Juraha. It is also believed Jurahareswarar cures the fever and heat related diseases of the devotees. As in Tamil language the word “Juram” means fever, so it is also said the Jurahareswarar name came for that reason.

History and architecture of the Iravatanesvara Temple

The temple was built in the early 8th century CE by Pallava King Narasimhavarman II (also known as Rajasimhan).  It is a splendid example of Pallava architecture. The main deity in this temple is Lord Shiva in the form of lingam. Both sandstone and granite used to build the temple.  The idol of Juvarahereswarar here is one of the 64 holy idols (formless form of Lord Shiva). Also a statue of Lord Kubera (God of wealth) presents in this temple. The structure of the Nandi (Bull) shows a marvelous architecture. The temple tank where the temple Theertham (or Holy water) is sourced, called here as ‘Vepperi Kulam’ or ‘Upperi  Kulam’ . 

Iravatanesvara Temple, Kanchipuram
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Iravatanesvara Temple Timings:

The temple is open from 6.00 AM to 11.00 AM and from 4.00 PM to 8.00 PM.

How to reach the Iravatanesvara temple

By Air:

The nearest Airport Chennai International Airport is about 74 KMs away.

By Rail:

Nearest Railway Station is located at Kanchipuram.

By Bus:

Kanchipuram is well connected to the others city of the south India. Jurahareshwarar Temple is near to Ekambaranathar Temple.


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