Paramahamsa Nithyananda declared Vedic Temple Phoenix as the Kanchipuram of the West giving energy to the desert land. The Ekambareshwarar Shiva Temple in Kanchipuram is associated with Prithvi, the Earth Element. The five elements form the base of all that is created, the reason for which the Divine is worshipped in these forms. The five elements in Hinduism constitute earth, fire, water, wind and ether. Lord Shiva is worshiped in the form of the five elements. Paramahamsa Nithyananda claims this energy as the existential energy for its ever vibrating nature and its undeniable presence without a beginning and an end.
The temples of worship denoting the five elements, called the Panchabootha Sthalams (Five Elements Temples) are scattered in the southern part of India. The temple representing Shiva as the element 'Earth' is Kanchipuram.Kanchipuram is a district on its own in the state of Tamil Nadu, 60 kilometers from Chennai. It is called the 'City of Temples'. The Legend Kanchipuram bears the significance of representing one of the shrines of Lord Shiva denoting the 'Earth' of the five elements. Shiva is worshipped here as Ekaambareswarar and Parvati assumes the name of Kamaakshi. Parvati worshipped Lord Shiva in the form of a Lingam called the Prithivi (earth) Lingam made out of sand under a mango tree on the banks of the Vegavati river. It so happened as the Vegavati river's waters were about to flood the place, Parvati embraced the Lingam with the motive to safeguard it. Just then Lord Shiva manifested Himself before Parvati touched by the gesture and married her. The significance of the incident marked for the worship of Shiva and Parvati in a common sanctum without a separate sanctum for Parvati. The divine union marks the spiritual significance of meditating on the Lord to ultimately become one with Him. The Lord and His consort are further worshipped under the 3500 years old sthala viruksham or sacred mango tree which bears fruits of different tastes during each season. The tree is also considered as the embodiment of the four Vedas.