Introduction to Chitragupta Temple Kancheepuram :
The holy temple city of Kancheepuram is famous not only for a number of Shiva temples and the Vaishnava Temple, but also because of the presence of a unique and a separate temple dedicated to Lord Chitragupta. Chitragupta is considered the chief accountant and the minister of Lord Yama, or the God of Death. There is no other separate shrine or temple that has been built devoted to Chitragupta, other than the Chitragupta temple in Kancheepuram. Lord Brahma created Chitragupta through the Sun God , and he is considered the younger brother of Lord Yama. Chitragupta keeps record of all the good and evil deeds of humans and accordingly decides to send them to heaven or hell. People believe that Chitragupta is the Athi Devathai for Kethu which is one of the Navagrahas. So, anyone who worships Chitragupta at the temple would be endowed with prosperity and wealth. This temple is common to both Vaishnavites and Saivites. The vices of the Kethu would also be mitigated.
Description of Chitragupta Temple :
The presiding deity at the Chitragupta temple, Kancheepuram is in a sitting posture holding a pen in the right hand. The left hand holds a palm leaf, both symbols of his work. There is also the Utsava Panchaloka idol of Chitragupta whioch is seen along with his consort Karnikambal. Chitragupa puja is done on the auspicious Chitra Poornima day, which is considered his birthday.
This temple is located near Kanchipuram Bus Terminus.
Incidentally, another shrine for Lord Chitragupta is located at ThirukoteeswararThripurasundari Temple in Thirukodikaval.
Location: Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India