Kanchi is described as the naval of our motherland
'Bharath' and the girdle of Mother Goddess Parasakthi manifesting in teh
mono-syllable absoluted designate "Om". It is said that Lord Brahma worshipped
Godess Parasakthi who adorns Sri Kamakoti Peetam here. Again, it was here that
Lord Vishnu emerged in a resplendent form with four arms bedecked with the
celestial conch, wheel, cub and Abhaya hastha from the ritual fire of Lord
Brahma. The city of Kanchi is so called becuase Brahma performed worship here,
- The word 'Ka' denotes 'Brahma' and 'Anchi' denotes worship. It is here Brahma
worshipped Lord Varadharaja and Goddess Sri Kamakshi.
The five primordial substances, Earth (Prithvi), Water
(Aapaha), Light-fire (Thejas), Air (Vayu) and Space (Aakasa) form part of the
creations and the existence of these five components is exhibited in every
creation of this universe. They are called the 'Panchabhootas' and reflect the
truth that God is ominiscient.
Each of these panchabhoothas is associated with one
among the five sacred places in our holy country, called Panchabhoothasthalas,
of which Kanchi is one and is associated with Prithivi, the earth. Lord Siva
manifests Himself here in the form of Prithivilinga and is worshipped as Sri
Ekamreswara. Similarly, among the shrines where Satkthi is worshipped as
'Jagathkarani' Goddess Prasakthi is worshipped at Kanchi as Kamakshi who is
associated with space or Akasa. Here the Goddess is said to have manifested
herself in the form of cosmic space Or Akasa. Here the Goddess is said to have
manifested herself in the form of cosmic space glorified as Bilakasa. It is
here that Lord Vishnu gave dharshan in the form of an Archamoorthi and is
worshipped as 'Varadaraja' fulfilling the ambitions of the devotees.
Lord Ekamreswara, Goddess Kamakshi and Lord Varadaraja
are said to sanctify the shrines dwelling under Rudrakoti, Kamakoti and
Punyakoti Vimanas respectively. Another famous temple in this sacred city is
"Kumarakottam" the shrine of Sivakumara "Sri Subhrahmanya". It is with the
grace of this Lord Sri Kumaraswami that Sri Kachchiappa Sivacharya, the priest
of this temple wrote the famous work in Tamil 'Kandapurana", which narrates the
story and glory of the Sivakumara.
The glory of the temples of Kanchi was sung by
Nayanmars, Alwars, Acharyas, Saints and spiritual guides. It is here that Sri
Adi Sankara installed "Srichakra" in the shrine of "Sri Kamakshi" and
instituted" Sri Kamakoti Peetam". Besides, Kanchi was also described by the
famous, Chinese pilgrim “Heiun-Chuwang”.