The Chitragupta Temple In Kanchipuram Image Credit: Rishimukh
The Chitragupta Temple In Kanchipuram Image Credit: Rishimukh

The Chitragupta Temple In Kanchipuram

There is a very unique and rare temple dedicated to Lord Chitragupta in Kanchipuram, one of the holiest cities in India. Read on...


The austere city of Kanchipuram is located in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This city is blessed with many ancient and sacred temples of imposing architecture built in honour of Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvathi and Lord Vishnu, the major Gods in Hinduism. The most prominent temples in Kanchipuram are Ekambareshwar temple, Kailasanathar temple, Kamakshi Amman temple and Varadaraja Perumal temple.

There is another lesser known temple in Kanchipuram known as Chitragupta temple which was built in honour of Lord Chitragupta, the Chief Accountant of Lord Yama, the God of death! It is believed that Lord Chitragupta keeps a record of all the good deeds and the bad deeds done by human beings and sends them either to heaven or to hell after death, based upon their merits or demerits acquired during their sojourn on Earth!

As per the Temple mythology, once the divine couple, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi, had a discussion that there must be a person who should closely watch the actions of all the people on Earth and maintain an account of their good and bad deeds. Then, Lord Shiva asked Goddess Parvathi to bring Him a Golden slate. When Goddess Parvathi brought the Golden slate, Lord Shiva drew a picture on it. Goddess Parvathi was impressed with the picture and added further details to the already beautiful sketch on the Golden slate. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi blessed the picture, gave life to it and turned it into a Deity! They also bestowed the new Deity with int

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