Kamakshi Temple is a 12th Century temple in the heart of the town. “Ka” means Goddess Saraswati (God of Education), “Ma” means Goddess Lakshmi (God of Wealth), “Akashi” means Eye. The name in full refers Kamakshi with Goddess Saraswati and Goddess Lakshmi as her both eyes. It is an important Sakthi Sthalam called as the “Nabisthana Ottiyana Peetam”. The Image of the main Deity, Kamakshi, is seated in a majestic Padmasana, a yogic posture signifying peace and prosperity, instead of the traditional standing pose. Goddess holds a sugarcane bow and bunch of flowers in the lower two of her arms and has a pasha (lasso), an ankusha (gold) in her upper two arms. There is also a parrot perched near the flower bunch. There are no other Parvati temples in the city of Kanchipuram, apart from this temple, which is unusual in a traditional city that has hundreds of traditional temples. There are various legends that account for this fact. One of them according to Kamakshivilasa is that Goddess had to absorb all the other Shakthi forms to give a boon to The Kama, the Vedic angel of desire. Another legend attributes it to the Raja Rajeswari pose of the deity that signifies an absolute control over the land under Her control. Legend has it that Kamakshi offered worship to a Shivalingam made out of the sand, under a mango tree and gained Shiva’s hand in marriage. There are two important Mosques. 1] It was built by the Carnatic Nawabs almost over 300 years ago is called as the Jama Masjid with a rich blend of architecture and heritage. One of the 108 Sivalingams in the town is located inside the mosque. This showcases another level of multi-ethnic values which the country boasts of with a lot of pride. There is another Mosque near the Vaikunta Perumal Temple. Both the Mosque and Temple share the same tank true to the spirit of religious tolerance that India is renowned for. Muslims share and take part in the annual Varadaraja Swami Temple Brahmotsavam festival too.