The Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple is one of the oldest temples in Kanchipuram built between 685-705AD by Rajasimha (Narasimhavarman II), a ruler of the Pallava Dynasty.

The ancient Kailasanathar Temple with beautifully carved sculptures is dedicated to deities such as Shiva, Vishnu, Ganesha, Devi, Surya, and Karthikeya. Besides being one of the oldest temples in India, this temple is also the home of a circumambulatory passage called 'The Path of Moksha'.

The Path Of Moksha & Its Significance

The path of moksha that lies within the Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple signifies the cycle of life that consists of death and rebirth. The devotees who visit this temple have to crawl through a narrow passage, beginning from the starting point known as the gate of death to the ending point known as the gate of birth.

The ending point signifies coming out of the mother's womb where the passage becomes narrower and difficult to pass. It is believed that the circumambulation allows devotees to attain moksha instead of rebirth.

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