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Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu



Kanchipuram is one of the holiest cities in India, and is only 72 km from Chennai in Tamil Nadu. It is a city with more than 1000 temples, is sacred to both the Saivites and Vaishnavites. Kanchipuram and was a city of learning for both Tamil and Sanskrit. It was during the reign of Pallava dynasty, from the 4th to the 9th centuries that Kanchipuram attained its limelight. The city served as the Pallava capital, and many of the known temples were built during their reign. Kalidasa a Sanskrit poet who lived around 4th-5th century extolled the virtues of the city in one of his verses. Kanchipuram today is also the center for the Kanchi Mutt, a religious institution that became influential and famous under the leadership of Shri Chandrashekarendra Saraswati. Apart from its temples, this small town is also known for its thriving hand loom industry. The main profession of the people living in and around is weaving silk sarees, more than 5,000 families are engaged in this industry. The silk weavers of Kanchi settled more than 400 years ago and have given it an enviable reputation as the producer of the best silk sarees in the country. Woven from pure mulberry silk the sarees have an enviable reputation for texture, lustre, durability and finish.

Kamakshi Amman temple is one of the main temples in the city and dedicated to goddess Kamakshi, the Goddess of love. It is one of the three Shakti peetams along with Madurai and Kashi. All the other temples in Kanchipuram do not face East but actually face this temple. Also in this city with so many temples it is strange that there are no other temples with a shrine for Goddess Durga. This temple is tied very closely to Adi Sankaracharya and a lot of the festivals here are begun with his blessings. Foreigners are not allowed into the inner sanctum of the temple as with all the temples in Kanchipuram.

Varadaraja Perumal temple is an ancient temple built by the Cholas in 1053 and one of the 108 divyadesams the holy abodes of Vishnu. It is located in part of Kanchipuram called the Vishnu Kanchi that is a home for a lot of famous Vishnu temples and one of the greatest Hindu scholars, Ramnujacharya is believed to have resided in this temple. The temple itself is on top of Hastigiri hill, which is believed to be Indra's elephant Airavata. There is a hall of 100 pillars and the sculptures on each pillar is stunning. Stories and legends from Hindu mythology are depicted. Hire a guide and he will show you pillars that emit different sounds, one in particular that when the stone is tapped in different places sounds like gold, silver or copper. Once in everyone's lifetime, 40 years, the holy tank, Anantha theertham is emptied and a wooden idol of Lord Attigiri Varadaraja is taken out from under and worshipped by millions. The next festival will be in 2019.

Ekambareswara temple is one of the Pancha Bhutha Sthalas (five elements) and is the Earth form. According to legend, Goddess Parvati, once playfully closed Lord Shiva's eyes and plunged the world into darkness. Shiva, angry cursed Parvati and she turned black like Kali. She then came here to earth and did penance under a mango tree that still exists. Like the Kamakshi temple, ancient shrines existed in these locations prior to 600 AD but the current construction was built by the Pallavas and the Cholas. The temple covers an area of over 40 acres. Reaching a height of 57 meters, the temple's Raja gopuram is one of the tallest in South India and was built by the Vijayanagar King, Krishnadevaraya.

Kailasnatha temple is an early structural Shiva temple built of sandstone in Kanchipuram, India, by a Pallava dynasty king Narasimhavarman II also known as Rajasimha in the early 8th century. It is decorated with Yallis or fierce monsters. The stone gets very hot in the sun so make sure you visit this architectural wonder in the early morning. It is protected by the ASI. The temple is a natural progression to the Mahabalipuram rathas and one can see the architecture develop over the centuries.
Along the way from Chennai to Kanchipuram, lies Sriperumbedur, where Rajiv Gandhi, was killed by female LTTE suicide bomber Thenmuli Rajaratnam known as Dhanu on May 21, 1991. Today there is a memorial in his honor.


Kanchi Kamakshi Temple Goupram, Kanchipuram, India
Kanchi Kamakshi Temple Goupram, Kanchipuram, India
Kamakshi Amman temple gopuram details, Kanchipuram, India
Kamakshi Amman temple gopuram details, Kanchipuram, India
Kamakshi Amman temple - golden gopurams, Kanchipuram, India
Kamakshi Amman temple - golden gopurams, Kanchipuram, India
Dancers pretending to be Dwarapalayas, Kamakshi Amman temple,  Kanchipuram, India
Dancers pretending to be Dwarapalayas, Kamakshi Amman temple, Kanchipuram, India
Kamakshi Amman temple,  Kanchipuram, India
Kamakshi Amman temple, Kanchipuram, India
South Gopuram of the Kamakshi Amman temple,  Kanchipuram, India
South Gopuram of the Kamakshi Amman temple, Kanchipuram, India
West Gopuram of the Kamakshi Amman temple,  Kanchipuram, India
West Gopuram of the Kamakshi Amman temple, Kanchipuram, India
Kamakshi temple tank, Kamakshi Amman temple,  Kanchipuram, India
Kamakshi temple tank, Kamakshi Amman temple, Kanchipuram, India
Beautiful sculptures at the Kamakshi Amman temple,  Kanchipuram, India
Beautiful sculptures at the Kamakshi Amman temple, Kanchipuram, India
Superstition and cradles, Kamakshi Amman temple, Kanchipuram, India
Superstition and cradles, Kamakshi Amman temple, Kanchipuram, India
Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Inner gopuram of the Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Inner gopuram of the Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Temple tank - Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Temple tank - Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Hall of 100 pillars - Vishnu, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Hall of 100 pillars - Vishnu, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Hall of 100 pillars - dancer, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Hall of 100 pillars - dancer, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Hall of 100 pillars - Krishna plays the flute, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Hall of 100 pillars - Krishna plays the flute, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
The joker of the court, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
The joker of the court, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Monkey sculpture at the 1000 pillar mantap, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Monkey sculpture at the 1000 pillar mantap, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Krishna loves to play, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Krishna loves to play, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Naughty Krishna teases the girls, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Naughty Krishna teases the girls, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Hall of 100 pillars - Two horsemen, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Hall of 100 pillars - Two horsemen, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
The turtle bears the weight of the world, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
The turtle bears the weight of the world, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Hall of 100 pillars - Man vs. Beast, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Hall of 100 pillars - Man vs. Beast, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Hall of 100 pillars -  The chase, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Hall of 100 pillars - The chase, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Hall of 100 pillars - Dancer and a mirror, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Hall of 100 pillars - Dancer and a mirror, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Hall of 100 pillars - how many people and how many legs?, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Hall of 100 pillars - how many people and how many legs?, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
An ancient game etched onto the stone, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
An ancient game etched onto the stone, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
A priest washes his clothes, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
A priest washes his clothes, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Ekambareswara Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Ekambareswara Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Ekambareswara Temple gopuram, Kanchipuram, India
Ekambareswara Temple gopuram, Kanchipuram, India
Ekambareswara Temple - Golden gopuram, Kanchipuram, India
Ekambareswara Temple - Golden gopuram, Kanchipuram, India
Shiva Parvati painting - Ekambareswara Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Shiva Parvati painting - Ekambareswara Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Ekambareswara Temple tank, Kanchipuram, India
Ekambareswara Temple tank, Kanchipuram, India
A carving at the Ekambareswara Temple, Kanchipuram, India
A carving at the Ekambareswara Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Row of beggars - Ekambareswara Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Row of beggars - Ekambareswara Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Row of Pillars -Ekambareswara Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Row of Pillars -Ekambareswara Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Blue door, Ekambareswara Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Blue door, Ekambareswara Temple, Kanchipuram, India
Kailasnatha temple, Kanchipuram, India
Kailasnatha temple, Kanchipuram, India
Gurads at the door, Kailasnatha temple, Kanchipuram, India
Gurads at the door, Kailasnatha temple, Kanchipuram, India
Sculptures at the temple - Yallis, Kailasnatha temple, Kanchipuram, India
Sculptures at the temple - Yallis, Kailasnatha temple, Kanchipuram, India
Elephant sculpture - Kailasnatha temple, Kanchipuram, India
Elephant sculpture - Kailasnatha temple, Kanchipuram, India
Kailasnatha temple - beautiful stone carving, Kanchipuram, India
Kailasnatha temple - beautiful stone carving, Kanchipuram, India
Kailasnatha temple - Yalli carving, Kanchipuram, India
Kailasnatha temple - Yalli carving, Kanchipuram, India
Kailasnatha temple - new carvings, Kanchipuram, India
Kailasnatha temple - new carvings, Kanchipuram, India
Balck and white at the Kailasnatha temple, Kanchipuram, India
Balck and white at the Kailasnatha temple, Kanchipuram, India
Kailasnatha temple - some of the most beautiful scultpures, Kanchipuram, India
Kailasnatha temple - some of the most beautiful scultpures, Kanchipuram, India
Kailasnatha temple - look at the posture, Kanchipuram, India
Kailasnatha temple - look at the posture, Kanchipuram, India
Kailasnatha temple - how many hands can you count?, Kanchipuram, India
Kailasnatha temple - how many hands can you count?, Kanchipuram, India
Kailasnatha temple gopuram, Kanchipuram, India
Kailasnatha temple gopuram, Kanchipuram, India
Rajiv Gandhi Ninaivakam, Sri Perumbedur
Rajiv Gandhi Ninaivakam, Sri Perumbedur
Rajiv Gandhi memorial, Sri Perumbedur
Rajiv Gandhi memorial, Sri Perumbedur
The spot where Rajiv Gandhi was murdered, Sri Perumbedur
The spot where Rajiv Gandhi was murdered, Sri Perumbedur
Wall relief sculpture at the Rajiv Gandhi memorial, Sri Perumbedur
Wall relief sculpture at the Rajiv Gandhi memorial, Sri Perumbedur
Elephant family sculptures, Sri Perumbedur
Elephant family sculptures, Sri Perumbedur
Rajiv Gandhi, Sri Perumbedur
Rajiv Gandhi, Sri Perumbedur