Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram is also called Kanchi. Kanchi is located on the banks of the Vegavathi River which is a tributary of the Palar River. The city has a spectacular with thousand of temples in it. Kanchi is subdivided into two divisions as Big Kanchi, also called Shiva Kanchi occupies the western portion of the city and is the larger of the two divisions. Most of the Shiva temples lies in Shiva Kanchi. Little Kanchi, also called Vishnu Kanchi, is located on the eastern portion of the city. Most of the Vishnu temples lies in Vishnu Kanchi. Out of the 108 holy temples of the Hindu god Vishnu, 14 are located in Kanchipuram and Kamakshi Temple is one of the 18 Shakti peeth.

Location:

72km from Chennai, Tamil Nadu – click here to navigate to google maps

Upcoming events:

The consecration of Sri Kamakshiamman temple, Kancheepuram, will be held on February. According to Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, Sankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham and the temple’s hereditary trustee. The acharya told presspersons on Sunday that the consecration would be performed between 9.30 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. on February 1.

Ideal for:

  • Sacred temples
  • Architecture
  • Kanchipuram silk sarees

Places to Visit:

Kanchipuram Kailasanathar Temple viewThe kanchipuram Kailasanathar temple is the oldest structure in Kanchipuram. It is dedicated  to the Lord Shiva, and is known for its historical importance. The temple was built from 685-705AD by a Rajasimha ruler. The low-slung sandstone compound contains a large number of carvings, including many half-animal deities which were popular during the early Dravidian architectural period. The structure contains 58 small shrines which are dedicated to various forms of Shiva more…

 

 

Kamakshi Amman Temple

The Kamakshi Temple is an ancient Hindu Temple, dedicated to the Kamakshi. Kamakshi one of the forms of Goddess Parvathi. Legend has it that Goddess offered a worship to the Shivalingam. Which is made out of sand, under a mango tree and later gained Shiva’s hand in marriage more…

 

 

 

Varadaraja Perumal TempleVaradaraja Perumal Temple or Hastagiri or Attiyuran is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is one of the Divya Desams, the 108 temples of Vishnu believed to have been visited by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars. It is located in a suburb of Kanchipuram known as the Vishnu Kanchi that is a home for many famous Vishnu temples.One of the greatest Hindu scholars of Vaishnava VisishtAdvaita philosophy, Ramanuja is believed to have resided in this temple more…

 

 

Ulagalantha Perumal Temple is a dedicated to Vishnu. Constructed in the , the temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th–9th centuries AD. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Ulagalantha Perumal and his consort Lakshmi as Amudavalli. The temple is believed to have been built by Pallavas, with later contributions from Medieval Cholas, Vijayanagar kings and Madurai Nayaks more…

History:

According to legend, the name Kanchi is derived from Ka referring to the Hindu god Brahma and anchi, referring to his worship of Hindu god Vishnu at this place. The earliest references to Kanchipuram are found in the books of the Sanskrit grammarian Patanjali and he refers the city in his Mahabhasya as Kanchipuraka. The city is believed to have been part of the mythical Dravida Kingdom of the Mahabharatha. While it is widely accepted that Kanchipuram had served as an Early Chola capital after that it is served as captial for Pallavas between the 4th and 9th centuries. It is the headquarters of the Kanchi matha, a Hindu monastic institution believed to have been founded by the Hindu saint Adi Sankaracharya.

Interesting Facts:

  • Kanchi is the only city with 14 out of 108 holy temples of the Hindu god Vishnu.
  • One of the 18 Shakti peeths.
  • Apart from temples city is famous for silk sarees

Read Before Visit:

These are few books take a look before you visit to Kanchipuram to know it’s importance and uniqueness.

Global Art of Kanchi:

These are few silk saress designed at Kanchipuram

 

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