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Thiru Kalvanoor - inside Sri Kamatchi Amman temple

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Thirukalvanoor - inside Kamatchi temple

Thirukalvanoor is one of the 108 divya desam temples situated in Kanchipuram, inside the Kanchi Kamatchi Amman temple. One of the story behind this stahlam is that at once in Vaikuntam ,there was a misunderstanding between Maha Vishnu and Lakshmi. Maha Vishnu gave a curse on Mahalakshmi to attain black toned skin color. Lakshmi went to Kamatchi in Kanchipuram to seek remedy and get back her original skin tone.

Maha Vishnu, not finding Lakshmi in Vaikuntam, came in search of her. He saw her talking to Parvathi ( Kamatchi) and curious to know the conversation he observed them stealthily. Kamatchi noticed Sri Narayana hiding and listening. She smiled to herself and nick named Sri Narayana as 'Kalvan' ( thief).

Sri Narayanan's sannidhi is thus found inside the Kamatchi amman temple outside to the main sanctum. This place is called Thiru Kalvanoor.

  Moolavar is Kalvar also known as Adi Varaha Perumal. Moolavar is found in a standing position facing West.

Thaayar of the temple is Anjilaivalli Thayaar

The temple is revered by the verses of Tirumangai Alwar


Temple location It is situated inside the Kanchipuram Kamatchi amman temple which is very near to the bus station and the Sankar Mutt.

You can not miss the sannidhi,(in case you do ,) you can ask the local temple staff (there are so many of them inside the temple) to direct them to this place.

Temple Timings The temple is open from 5:30 AM till 12:30pm am and from 4:30 pm till 8:30 pm

How to reach?

Kanchipuram is around 75 kms from Chennai off the Chennai- Vellore/ Bangalore highway via SriPerumbudur. Kanchipuram is well connected by several bus services from Chennai. There is a railway station in Kanchipuram with a few train services from Chennai in the mornings.

Where to Stay? There are many semi deluxe hotels in Kanchipuram
Other interesting places around Kanchipuram It is a temple town with 15 out of the 108 divya desams spread around here.
Contact Kanchi Kamatch amman temple
Tel : +91 44 27 233433 - 2722 1214
Useful data
State: Tamil Nadu
District: Kanchipuram
Famous for: Pilgrimage,shopping for the world famous silk sarees,weaving
Languages: English,Tamil, Telugu
Best Season: Throughout the year. Summer( from May to July) could be very sultry when the mercury shoots to 40 degree celsius.
Weather: Summer 33-42°C, Winter 16-28°C
Altitude: Sea level


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