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  Kanchipuram


Kanchipuram - the city of thousand temples , is one of the seven most sacred pilgrim centres Ayodya, Madura, Maya, Kasi, Kanchi, Avanthi, Duvaragai for the Hindus. Kanchipuram owns 108 temples dedicated to siva and 18 to vishnu besides scores of other temples, mosques and churches and Adi Shankara Mutt.

 
 
 
 
 

Speciality Of Kanchipuram

KANCHIPURAM SILKS

Kancheepuram is also known as Silk City. since the main profession of the people living in and around is weaving silk sarees. The silk weavers of Kanchi settled more than 400 years ago and have given it an enviable reputation as the producer of the best silk sarees in the country.

KANCHI KUDIL--ANCIENT HOUSE
Kanchi Kudil was born of a desire to
turn ancestral property into a place of tourist interest, that tourists may get a feel of the life as lived in a historic place as Kanchipuram.

 
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  • Air
    The nearest airport is Chennai International Airport, just a 2 hours drive away.


  • Rail
    Can be reached from Chennai central railway station and Arakkonam railway station.


  • Road
    Kanchipuram is 75 kms away from Chennai and is well connected by a good network of roads. There are frequent bus services from Kanchi to Chennai, Bangalore and other places.


  • Local Transport
    Local buses, cycles.
 
  Major Places of Kanchipuram

The Seat of Sri Adi Sankara

Kanchipuram is most famous for being one of the four seats of Sri Adi Sankara, the revered Hindu sage. The seat here is known as Kanchi Kamakotti Peetham. Kanchipuram preserves the great Dravidian heritage of Vaishnavites and Shaivites

 

Vaikunta Perumal Temple

The Vaikunta Perumal is a Vaishnavite temple built by Nandivarma Pallava in the 8th century. In the main parikrama of the temple, many battle scenes depicting Pallava valour have been carved on the panels.

 

Ekambaranathar Temple

The Ekambaranathar Temple built by the Pallavas is famous for the worship of Shiva as Prithvi (earth). It is worth mentionable that Prithvi is regarded as one of the five basic elements of the physical world. The temple is spread over a whopping 20-acre and has 11 storeyes. The temple has one of the tallest towers among temples in India.

 

Kamakshi Amman Temple

The Kamakshi Amman Temple is dedicated to Parvati in her incarnation as Kamakshi. This temple may be regarded as another architectural delight of Kanchipuram.

 

Varadaraja Temple

This is a Vishnu temple but Vishnu is worshipped as Devarajaswamy here.The temple was built by Vijayanagar kings and the best attraction of the temple is a 100-pillared hall. The temple is well credited for its architecture.

 

Kailasanathar Temple

The architecture of Kailasanathar Temple is almost akin to the Shore Temple of Mahabalipuram. The temple has a very attractive panel that depicts Lord Shiva and Parvati in a dance sequence.


 
  Excursion delights

Tiruttani

Tiruttani is regarded as one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya. The temple is located on a hilltop and 365 steps symbolising the 365 days of the year have to be climbed to reach the temple. According to ancient scriptures, the Lord had married Valli, one of his consorts at the place. The Karthigai festival held in the month of December is celebrated here in a big way.

 

Sriperumbudur

Sriperumbudur is the birthplace of Saint Ramanujar, the propounder of Vishishtadvaita philosophy. As such, the place becomes an important pilgrimage centre of Vaishnavites.

 

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary has come up naturally around a village tank and is surrounded by many trees. Many different species of migratory birds like the sandpiper, spoonbill, swan and gray wagtail come to this place. Most of the birds can be spotted during the October-February period. A number of fairs and festivals are held in Kanchipuram all round the year.