The historic city of Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu has numerous popular places of worship and the Kamakshi Amman Temple ranks among them. This ancient Hindu temple is dedicated to one of forms of goddess, Kamakshi. Apart from this temple, two other major centers in the state to worship the goddess include the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai and the Akilandeswari temple in Thiruvanaikaval. This clearly indicates the significance this temple enjoys among Hindu devotees.
Since Kanchipuram was the capital of the Pallava Kings, the Kamakshi Amman Temple was, most probably, built by them, or it was built during their reigns. Further, the main deity in this temple is seated a yogic pose which is quite unlike the traditional pose of standing. Thus, the pose symbolizes prosperity and peace. More so, this is the only Parvati temple in the city famous for temples!
There are several legends often associated with the Kamakshi Amman Temple and as per one, Goddess was forced to absorb all the other shakthi forms to offer a boon to kama (the Vedic angel of desire). Other lehends are ascoiated with the goddess pose and how SHE gained Shiva's hand in marriage. Further, the Shri Chakra was restablished in this temple by the famous 8th century scholar Adi Shankaracharya.