One of the famous abode of Shakti worship in Tamil Nadu. The present temple dates back to 12th century AD. The temple was closely associated with Sri Sankaracharya – the Hindu reformer.
Legend holds that, originally the idol of Devi was conceived as an Ugramoorthy (or in ferocious form) but he changed the mood of Devi into a pacific form by installing a SriYantra (a tantric symbol) inside the Sanctum Sanctorum. Here, Devi is depicted in Padmasana (seated in a Lotus form) posture instead of usual standing pose; this signifies peace and prosperity. There is a shrine to Sankaracharya inside the temple.
Kanchipuram is a temple- city, dotted with many temples of ancient origin. It is regarded as one of the Seven cities of sacred liberation (or Muktistala ) of Hinduism ; other cities are Ayodhya, Mathura, and Kasi in Uttarpradesh, Mayapuri or Haridwar in Uttarakhand and Dwaraka in Gujarat. A devote Hindu is expected to have a pilgrimage to these places at least once in his life time.
The present temple is relatively new in existence. The original temple is now known as Aadi Peteswari or Aadipeeta Parameswari. It is adjacent to Kumarakottam – the Muruga temple, which in turn is near the present temple.
Kanchipuram is 70 kilometers from Chennai, easily accessible by road.