Kanchipuram is one
of the most famous temple towns of Tamil Nadu, popularly called the ‘city of
1000 temples’. It is also considered to be one of the seven holy cities of
India, revered for its culture and rich temple heritage. Ancient texts give
evidence of this thriving temple town, renowned for its learning centers dating
back to 500 B.C.
When people mention
Kanchipuram, they immediately think of rich silks and bustling temples with
their majestic towers. Located at just 70 kilometers from the metropolis of
Chennai, Kanchipuram is a short drive away through the picturesque coastal
highway on your Tamil Nadu tour packages.
always had a rich tradition of arts, culture and learning; successive dynasties
that ruled the temple town have helped by patronizing the local craftsmen.
During the Pallava reign, in the 4th the 9th centuries,
the town flourished and was considered as one of the best centers of learning
in India, according to the Chinese traveler Hsuan Tsang.
Many poems belonging
to the Sangam period mention Kanchi, as Kanchipuram was known during that age. During the Chola
rule from the 10th to the 13th centuries, the temple town
thrived. In the reign of the Vijayanagara kings, from the 14th to 17th
centuries, the Shiva temples and their majestic gopurams were built. Kanchipuram is a popular place to holiday in South India.
Significance of Kanchipuram
The ancient Shiva
temple, also called the Ekambareshwarar temple, is representative of the Earth
amongst the five temples dedicated to Lord Shiva which denote the five
elements. The Kailasanathar temple is also dedicated to Lord Shiva and is the
oldest of all temples in the town.
The Kamakshi Amman
temple, dedicated to the Goddess Shakti, is one of the 18 major ‘Shakti
peetams’, of the 52 peetams which are said to contain the various body parts or
jewels of the Goddess Dakshyayini which were scattered by Lord Shiva across the
Indian subcontinent. The Kanchi Kamakoti
Peetam which was established by the Saint Adi Shankara in 482 B.C. has the
unparalleled distinction of being run by 70 consecutive pontiffs without a
break through all the turmoil India has suffered over the centuries.
Perumal temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is also very significant and is one of
the 108 ‘Divya Deshams’. The temple has a lizard which is gold plated and is
said to bring luck to those who touch it. The Brahmotsavam of the temple in the
Tamil month of Vaigasi, which falls in the latter half of May and the first
half of June, is very famous and draws thousands of devotees. Numerous Kanchipuram tour packages from Chennai are available.
Caress Worthy Kanchipuram Silks
synonymous with its silks, aptly called Kanchipuram ‘pattu’, meaning silk in the
local language. Hand woven with richly embroidered zaris made from spun silver (but
golden in color), Kanchipuram silks have come to epitomize luxury to most
No South Indian
wedding is complete without a few Kanchipuram saris for the bride and the
immediate families of the bridal couple. Following recent trends, the
traditionally grand Kanchipuram sari has evolved and is now embellished with
Swarovski crystals and Cubic Zircons to make them even more luxurious and
Not only is
Kanchipuram a place where you can sink in history and tradition, you can go on
a shopping spree to satisfy your hunger for the finest silk too. Take a trip to
Kanchipuram – you’ll love the quaint old town.