This temple city is divided into two parts, but they are one and one only
for all practical purposes, like the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
These parts are called Siva Kanchi and Vishnu Kanchi, popularly known as Big Kanchi and
Little Kanchi respectively.
The Kamakshi Amman Temple is located in Big
Kanchi and it is in the heart of city. It is an ancient temple with an imposing tower facing the east.
It enshrines the famous Chakra representing Mother Parvathi called here Kamakshi.
The Chakra is placed in front but not below the image as found in other places,
where the yatra receives prayers. It also houses the image of Sankaracharya of Kamakoti Pita.