Kanchipuram

Locations :

Lattitude: 12.82° N,
Longitude: 79.71° E
Best Time to Visit : March to October

Weather :

Summer : 21°C to 37°C
Winter : 19°C to 29°C
Monsoon : 24°C to 35°C

Kanchipuram, the capital of the Pallava dynasty during the 6th to 8th centuries, when the Pallavas created the great stone monuments of Mamallapuram, lies 80km southwest of Chennai. It is famous for its large number of beautiful temples and their colourful festivals, some dating from Pallava, Chola or Vijayanagar times. It's also known for its high-quality silk saris, woven on hand looms by thousands of families in the town and nearby villages. Silk and sari shops are strung along Gandhi Rd, southeast of the centre, though their wares are generally no cheaper than at Chennai silk shops. Kanchipuram is easily visited in a day trip from Mamallapuram or Chennai.

Main Attractions
  • Kamakshi Amman Temple: The Kamakshi Amman Temple of Kanchipuram located one kilometer away from the Kanchipuram Railway Station close to the Raja Veedhi Street is one of the most prominent Hindu shrines of the city dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi; a incarnation of Goddess Parvati.
  • Kailasanathar Temple: The Kailasanathar Temple of Kanchipuram located in the proximity with the SVN Pillai Street at the distance of about 3 kilometers from the Kanchipuram Railway Station is one of the oldest existing sanctuaries of this ‘city of thousand temples’.
  • Ekambareswarar Temple:  The Ekambareswarar Temple of Kanchipuram, also reckoned by the epithet the ‘Ekambaranathar Temple’ is a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva; the consort of Goddess Kamakshi. Situated close to the Car Street in the northern Kanchipuram, the Ekambareswarar Temple is deemed amongst the five Pancha Bootha Sthalams, each of them representing one of the five natural elements.
  • Kumarakottam Temple: The Kumarakottam Temple of Kanchipuram positioned along the west Raja Street just half a kilometer to the northwest of the city bus stand is a scared Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Murugan or Lord Subramanian; the elder son of Lord Shiva and the commander of the heavenly army of the Gods. As the legend goes, ‘Sage Kachiappa Sivachariyar’ composed the ‘Skanda Puranam’ in the honor of Lord Murugan at the Kumarakottam Temple.
  • Varadharaja Perumal Temple: The Varadharaja Perumal Temple of Kanchipuram located in ‘Vishnu Kanchi’ area along the Kanchipuram Chengalpat Road close to the Tollgate Bus Stop is a renowned Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Also known as ‘Hastagiri Temple’ or ‘Attiyuran Temple’, this shrine is recognized as one of the 108 ‘Divya Desams’ of Lord Vishnu praised by the Alwar Saints.
  • Tiruparamechura Vinnagaram - Sri Vaikuntha Perumal Temple: The Tiruparamechura Vinnagaram Temple, also identified as the ‘Sri Vaikuntha Perumal Temple’ is yet another holy shrine of Kanchipuram dedicated to the God of Sustenance i.e. Lord Vishnu. Deemed amongst the 108 Divya Desams, this temple worships Lord Vishnu in the form of ‘Paramapadanathan’ or ‘Vaikunthanathan’ meaning the Lord (Nath) of Vaikuntha. The consort of Lord Vaikunthanathan viz. Goddess Lakshmi is venerated here as ‘Vaikunthavalli Thayar’.
  • Devarajaswami Temple: The Devarajaswami Temple of Kanchipuram also known as the ‘Arulmigu Devarajaswami Temple’ and positioned towards the eastern periphery of the Kanchipuram City is a sacred Vaishnava shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Built during the governance of the Vijayanagara Kings, this ancient sanctuary is predominantly celebrated for its elaborately carved pillars embellishing the interiors as well as the exteriors of the Devarajaswami Temple.
  • Kanchi Matha: The Kanchi Matha of Kanchipuram parked adjoining the Raja Veedhi Street just half a kilometer from the Kamakshi Amman Temple is a Hindu monastic institution claimed to be founded by Adi Shankaracharya in 9th century AD. Formerly reckoned by the title ‘Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham’ and also well-known as the ‘Shankara Mutt’, the Kanchi Matha is acknowledged amongst the five Pancha Mahabhuta Sthalas those represent the five natural elements. 
 



Shopping
  • Prakash Silks and Sarees
  • Kanchipuram Silk Sarees Store
  • Planet Fashion
  • Kanchipuram Rainbow Silk Sarees
 
Things To Do
Places of Worship:
 
  • Kailasanathar Temple, Kanchipuram
  • Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram
  • Sri Ekambaranathar Temple, Kanchipuram
  • Ulagalanda Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram
  • Sri Kanchi Kamakshi Amman Temple, Kanchipuram  
  • Vazhakarutheeswarar Temple, Kanchipuram
  • Thiru Makaraleswarar Temple, Kanchipuram
  • Miracle AG Church, Kanchipuram
  • The Holy Apostolic Church, Kanchipuram
  • St. Paul Church, Kanchipuram
  • Oli Mohamed Pettai Labbai Jumma Masjid, Kanchipuram
  • Masjid-ur-Rahman, Kanchipuram
 
Places of Entertainment:
 
  • Babu Theatre, Kanchipuram
  • Karthikeyan Theatre, Kanchipuram
  • Balaji Theatre, Kanchipuram
  • Aruna Theater, Kanchipuram
 
Getting There
  • By Air – Chennai is the nearest airport and is 72 km from Kanchipuram.
  • By Railway – Both New and Old Kanchipuram Railway Stations located right in the heart of the city about 1 kilometer away from the Kamakshi Amman Temple connect Kanchipuram with other parts of the country via rail route.
  • By Road –  Kanchipuram is well linked by State transport buses from all parts of Tamil Nadu.
 
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