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This temple is situated in the center of Kanchipuram Town in Chengalput District of Tamil Nadu.

The Devi is seated in majestic Padmasana posture, showering grace, peace and plenty on those who come for her darshan. Besides holding Pasa and Ankusa on her upper arms, Sri Kamakshi holds sugar-cane bow and floral arrows in her lower arms.

Sri Kamakshi Devi is Raja Rajeswari, and an embodiment of universal power-Parasakti. Hence there is no separate Ambal or Sakti shrine in Siva temples within the limits of Kanchipuram. Sri Adi Sankara had installed and consecrated a Srichakra in front of the Deity and the daily worship is done for this chakra -- known as the Kamakoti Peeta. Kamakshi is the presiding deity of the city of Kanchi. The Goddess is said to reside as Bala Tripurasundari in a Bila (niche) situated under the shrine. The front mandapa is called the Gayatri Mandapa.

In the Ardha Mandapa preceding the Garbhagriha, the Goddess is enshrined in a pitha, as Sri Vidya Parameswari.

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