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Sri Kanchi Kamakshi Amman Temple

This temple dates back to 65 years and is dedicated to a form of Goddess Parvathi. According to local tales, once the Goddess had playfully blindfolded Lord Shiva from the back and during this time the whole world was covered with darkness. Parvathi got cursed because of this and she was born on Earth as Kamakshi. Kamakshi Devi started practising sacrifice with a Shiva Idol in her hand to seek his hand for marriage. To test her Lord Shiva appeared in the form of a mighty river and Kamakshi Devi clasped to the Shiva Linga to prevent it from eroding. She even performed meditation on the tip of a needle surrounded by Panchagni or the 5 fires. During this heranger destroyed some village people but at the end Lord Shiva was pleased and offered to marry her. The second legend says that due to the increase of torture of a demon, all the gods and Goddesses of heaven came down on Earth and started living on a Champak Tree as parrots and they prayed to goddess Kamakshi. The Goddess later killed the demon called Bhandakasur and on this spot is the present Kamakshi Devi Temple.
Kamakshi Amman temple – Goddess Parvati was born on earth as Kamakshi to kill the demon Bhandasura. Kamakshi devi performed a one-leg penance of needlepoint to persuade Shiva to marry her. Moved by her devotion, Shiva agreed to marry her. The Bangaru Kamakshi deity where she is standing on one leg was hence installed in the temple (one of the 5 Kamakshi idols in the temple). But during the Mughal invasion, the Bangaru Kamakshi idol was shifted to Tanjavur and is now worshiped in the Bangaru Kamakshi temple in Tanjavur (or Tanjore). Bangaru meaning gold, refers to the idol made completely of gold. The feet of Bangaru Kamakshi are symbolically installed in the Kanchipuram temple and worshiped.