Chitragupta Temple



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Time Required: 1-2 hours

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5:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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Chitragupta Temple, Kanchipuram Overview

Chitragupta Temple located in Kanchipuram is dedicated to Chitragupta who is a Hindu Deity. It is a rare temple in India that is dedicated to Chitragupta who is also known as the assistant of The God of Death, Yamaraja. The temple is a striking work of traditional architecture that is found in most of the temples in South India. It has Rajagopuram which is three-tiered and a sanctum sanctorum. According to Hindu mythology, Chitragupta was born from a painting that Lord Shiva drew in detail and was appointed to keep an account of the good and the evil deeds of humans on earth to help maintain Dharma. He was therefore named Chitragupta, Chitra (painting/ picture) and Gupta (accountant).

The elegant temple was built during the 9th century by the Chola Dynasty. Further renovation and expansion work was taken over by several other kingdoms which ruled Kanchipuram after Chola Dynasty. Today, the Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments department maintains the temple and promotes it as a major tourist attraction of South India. Chitragupta is also considered planet Ketu's Adi-devata and is also believed to have born to the sacred cow, Kamadhenu and was brought up by Lord Indra and Goddess Indrani. The idol of Chitragupta is in a sitting posture with a pen in his right hand and some documents in his left hand. The Chitragupta Temple is considered of high religious importance. Devotees flock here in huge numbers especially during the festival of Chitra Pournima which is celebrated every year in April.

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Chitragupta Temple is easily accessible by road from any part of the town of Kanchipuram. Public transport is the best way to reach the temple. Tourists can rent taxis or cabs or hail local buses that frequently ply throughout the town. Those travelling by private vehicles can reach the temple via Gandhi Road - Chengalpattu Road - Vellore Road.

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