it is believed that this temple was built by the Pallava dynasty, the precise
timeframe of the construction of this temple is unknown. This temple is
located in the centre of Kanchipuram. One version you might hear about
this temple would say that this temple is called "Kaccheeswarar Temple".
This stands for Kachi+Eswarar = "Lord of Kanchi". Kachi is another name
The real reason, however, is that the main deity in this temple is called
Kacchapa Eswarar. "Kacchapam" is Sanskrit for "Turtle". Hindu mythology
suggests that the main deity in this temple (Lord Shiva) was worshipped
by Lord Vishnu in the form of a Turtle. Hence the name Kacchapeswarar Temple.
At present, this is a full fledged Hindu temple under the administration
of the Hindu Temples Department of the Tamilnadu Government. There are
n't many sculptures or architectural wonders in this temple. So, there
is not much of a feast for a camera in this temple. However, this is one
of the few temples where you would have to pay a fee for taking a camera
into the premises.