Sri Ekambareswara temple:
The most famous Siva temple at Kanchi is the Ekambareswara
temple where he is worshipped in the form of Prithvi Linga (Earth Linga). The sthalapurana
says that when Lord Siva was deeply immersed in the task of creating, protecting and
destroying the Universe, Parvati, his consort, in a jocular mood, closed his eyes. This
resulted in staying the process of creation and destruction as well as obstruction to the
natural law of things. It was a serious matter and Siva became angry and cursed Parvati to
go to the Earth and expiate her misdeed.
Accordingly Parvati came to the banks of the river Kampa under
a single mango tree at Kanchi and made a Shivalinga out of sand and worshipped it. To test
her sincerity Siva placed various obstacles and hindrances in the way of Parvati's
penance. But with the help of Vishnu she could tide over all the difficulties. At last
Siva hurled a deluge by taking out the Ganges from his matted hair, to wash away the Linga
worshipped by Parvati. She clasped it with all veneration to her breasts and this pleased
Siva who took her again as his consort. In the month of Phalguni on the 10th day of
Uttiram the marriage of Siva and Parvati is celebrated with great pomp and splendor.