The Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam is a monastic institution for the Hindu community located in one of the Pancha Bhuta Sthalas, the city of Kanchipuram. The Pancha Bhuta Sthalas represent five materials essential for our existence, namely - Earth, Sky, Water, Fire and Air. Out of these, Kanchipuram represents Earth, Chidambaram represents Sky, Thiruvanaikoil represents Water, Thiruvannamalai represents Fire and Kalahasti represents Air. Visitors often find the institution a place to find peace. The management still follows the traditional practices in a pure environment which is rarely seen in today's world. They serve the Ananda Prasadam to all the visitors during noon which will put the soul to rest instantly. People from all castes and creed are welcome to visit and to attend the traditional poojas without any discrimination.
The institute or the matha of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam was established by Adi Shankaracharya in 482 BC to propagate Advaita Discipline and safeguard the ancient Veda-Dharma as unhealthy religious practices by the Non-Vedic sect of people threatening the Veda Dharma. It is currently being headed by the 70th Shankaracharya. The lucky ones could get to see the senior pontiff; however, one may interact with the junior pontiffs and seek more knowledge about Veda Dharma from them.
The magnificent temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga who is locally known as Kamakoti. The institute also has a Sanskrit Base as it is mentioned in the Vyakarana Mahabhashya of Patanjali. The word 'Kanchi' has been mentioned several times in the Vyakarana Mahabhashya. The Brindavan of Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Swamiga is also worshipped here. The matha and its divine vibe have to be experienced to know the true meaning of sanctity.
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