Kanchipuram

Deep down south, India is wrapped with an amazing spiritual flavor. This entire region houses a good number of religious sites with long histories and legends associated with them. The town of Kanchipuram is one of the seven sacred cities in India. Kanchipuram is a popular tourist destination, located in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is situated on the western bank of River Palar.

There are numerous temples of historical importance here and thus this place is generally known as the ‘golden city of a thousand temples’. These shrines not only have intricate designs and traditional architect but also include the fascinating mythological tales that enchant the pilgrims. It is considered one of the most pious destinations of south India. Kanchipuram was also the capital of the ancient Pallava, Chola and the Vijaynagar Empires. The richness and exquisiteness of Tamil art and culture are accepted and appreciated by millions of art lovers from round the world. Kanchipuram is one such city in Tamil Nadu whose traditional hand-weaved silk saree is famous across the world.

Weather

Summers starting from March to May, have temperature within the limit of 21°C to 37°C.

Monsoon is from June to September, brings heavy pouring rains in the area coupled with cool breeze.

Winters are much cooler in comparison with other places in Southern India. The temperature varies in between19°C to 29°C.

Although the weather is not an obstacle at all for the pilgrims, generally the crowd gathers here from September to the month of March. Summers are little hot here but winters are undoubtedly cool and breezy. The best season to visit Kanchipuram starts from March to October.

How to Reach

Chennai International airport is close Kanchipuram at the distance of 75 km. The railway station of Kanchipuram has limited connectivity as very few trains cross this place. Chennai, Pondicherry, Nagaercoil and Madurai are the rail lines connected with it.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

Kailasanathar Temple: The Kailasanathar Temple in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu happens to be the oldest building in the city, built from 685-705 AD, under the reign of Pallava Dynasty. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It contains around 58 sub-shrines, each of which are dedicated to various forms of the deity. The temple boasts of Dravidian style of architecture and is adorned with carvings of half-animal deities and beautiful sculptures and paintings of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The temple is most famous for its architecture and historical importance and therefore attracts a significant number of history buffs.

Ekambaranatha Temple: Ekambaranatha Temple, also known as Ekambareswarar Temple, is a Hindu shrine in Kanchipuram dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is largest of its kind in Kanchipuram that houses the tallest (59 meter) gopuram in India. Apart from its unmatched architecture and intricate artworks and 1532 CE inscriptions, it also possesses legends that draw the attention of pilgrims and locals. it is the resting abode of a 3,500 year old mango tree, sthala-virutcham. The pristine site of adjoining Vegavathi River spreads the air of serenity, peace and holiness to the surrounding environment.

Vaikunda Perumal Temple: The Pallava king, Nadivarman II had contributed to the formation of Kanchipuram temple in the 7th century. Lord Vishnu is mainly worshipped inside this shrine. There are different postures of Lord Vishnu that are depicted on the walls all over the temple.

Kanchi Kamakshi Temple: Four entrances lead to the main Kanchi Kamakshi Amman Temple. As one progresses through the main gateway, the Kalabhairavar deity to the left and Mahishasura Mardini deity on the right are visible. The centre of the entrance holds the Dwajasthampa. As one moves further ahead, Vinayaga deity is seen beyond which Goddess Kamakshi is sighted. Idols of Ayyapan, Saraswati, Annaporani, Adishankaracharya, Varahi, Arupalakshmi, Roopalakshmi and Arthanarishwarar are seen around the main deity. In front of the main Goddess is the Srichakra Yantra established by Adishankaracharya. With a golden gopuram atop the sanctum sanctorum, the temple is highly revered among devotees. It is one of the fifty one Shakti Peeths and is known as Nabisthana-Ottiyana peetam. The life history of Adishankaracharya can be learnt from information held in the temple’s gallery.

Devarajaswami Temple: Constructed by the Vijayanagara rulers, Devarajaswami Temple’s architecture resembles the South Indian style of the temple architecture. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it boasts of a huge tank with the idol of Lord Vishnu which is believed to be drained in a cycle of 40 years.

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