Kanchipuram is situated in a picturesque location on the western bank of the Palar River in Tamil Nadu. The city is often termed as 'golden city of a thousand temples'. Kanchipuram is touted as one of the seven sacred cities in India and is hugely popular for being the seat for bearing culture and philosophy. Besides being a place of religious and cultural significance, Kanchipuram is a strong commercial center. This enigmatic city is also famous for producing one of the finest silk in the world. It is a popular tourist stop because it has a whole lot of things to offer.
CONNECTIVITY TO KANCHIPURAM:Kanchipuram rail line is connected to Chennai, Pondicherry, Nagaercoil and Madurai. Nearest airport is Chennai International airport, which is 75 km away from Kanchipuram. State owned public transport system connects Kanchipuram to many cities in and around Chennai. Private tourist bus services are also available from Kanchipuram to Chennai and also to Bangalore.
ATTRACTIONS IN KANCHIPURAM:
-KANCHI KUDHIL: The ancient and rich cultural heritage of Hinduism is shown at Kanchi Kudhil. This is a small house that shows how Hindu religion is interwovenin a person's life.
-DEVARAJA SWAMI TEMPLE: This temple was constructed by VijayNagar kings. It is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu. There are intricately carved pillars which can be seen throughout the temple. It has a marriage hall that was built in resemblance of the marriage between Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. Inside a water tank is thestatue of Lord Vishnu that lies submerged inside water. Once the tank is drained after every 40 years the 10m high statue can be seen and is then established fordarshan for 48 days before it is immersed in water once again. There is a large chain that was engraved out of one stone.
-EKAMBARANATH TEMPLE: is the largest temple in Kanchipuram and is of 20 acres. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built by the Pallavas. One crucial feature of this temple is that all the 1000 lingams are carved out of one stone. There are 1000 pillared halls within the temple. A mango tree outside the temple is 3500 years old. There are four separate limbs found on the tree that represent the four Vedas.
-KACHAPESHWARAR TEMPLE: Lord Shiva is worshipped by Lord Vishnu in the form of tortoise. This image can be seen on sculptures and engravings that adorn thisexquisite temple. It has richly carved interior and exterior portions.
-KAILASANATHAR TEMPLE: one of the earliest and remarkable temples that are found in Kanchipuram area. It was built in the 7th century by the Pallava kingRajasimha. This temple is an ideal instance of early Dravidian architecture. There is a sixteen sided Shiva Lingam that is made of black granite at the main shrine.
-KAMAKSHI AMMAN TEMPLE: The presiding deity is Goddess Parvathi. It is presumed to have been built by the Pallava kings before the 7th century but wasrebuilt by the Cholas during the 14th century. This temple is located in the heart of Kanchipuram. It is one of the three holy places of Shakthi worship. At this temple there is a shrine of Shankaracharya.
-KANCHI KAMAKSHI TEMPLE: The Kanchi Kamaski Temple is one of the triad of temples. The triad includes Kanchi Kamakshi, Madurai Meenakshi and Kasi Visalakshi. This temple is extremely popular and is an excellent example of Shaktis. It is known for beautiful sculptures which are painted in vivid colors. One of themost famous scultures in the temple is that of Kamakshi.
-VAIKUNDA PERUMAL TEMPLE: was built by the Pallava king Nadivarman II in the 7th century. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu who can be seen in standing, sitting and reclining forms here at this temple. There are also many beautiful lion pillared cloisters as well as several bas – reliefs in the main shrine of the temple.
-VARADARAJA TEMPLE: The beautiful Varadaraja temple was built in the 10th century by Vijay Nagar kings. An outer big wall surrounds this temple. It has 1000 pillared halls inside that are called the Kalyanamandapam. Each of these pillars is having a description of Lord Vishnu in it. There is an amazing chain that is carved out of single granite. <
Kanchipuram serves as a rich and aesthetic blend of culture and tradition and is truly an epitome of ephemeral grace and tranquility.