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Kamakoti is one of the seven sacred cities in Hinduism that can confer liberation. Kamakoti is the term used to refer to the area in and around Kamakshi Temple in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu. The area is between River Kampa (now in the form of a temple tank in the Ekamreshvara Temple and River Vegavati.

Kamakshi Temple is the only temple dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti in Kanchipuram.

Story of Kamakoti

Legend has it that Kamadeva, the Hindu god of love, was burnt to ashes by Shiva when he attempted to disturb His penance after the death of Sati. Wife of Kamadeva, Rati, worshipped Mother Goddess to regain her husband.

It is believed that Mother Goddess appeared before her here and gave her the boon that Kamadeva will regain his body.

There are many temple of Shiva and Vishnu in Kamakoti. It is the tradition for the utsava murti of all temples to be taken around the four main streets of the Kamakshi Temple.