Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram is famously known for its beautiful 'Kanchipuram sarees' and also referred to as the 'golden city of a thousand temples'.

Updated: November 21, 2018

Kanchipuram is famously known for its beautiful 'Kanchipuram sarees' and also referred to as the 'golden city of a thousand temples'. The city is home to the famous Kanchi Kamakshi Temple, which is the highly revered abode of Kamakshi (Goddess Parvathi), consort of Lord Shiva. The Kailasanathar Temple is also popular and is known for its magnificent architecture. Ekambeshwarar Temple is the highest, largest and most impressive temple in the town, spanning 40 acres and dating back to the Pallava period.
The major attraction of Kanchipuram are Kamakshi Amman Temple,  Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Kailasanathar Temple, Devarajaswami Temple, Ekambaranatha Temple and many more.
Kamakshi Amman Temple is situated in the midst of Kanchipuram, the divine Goddess Kamakshi, who is believed to be an incarnation of Parvati is worshiped. The Kamakshi Amman temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas, which are sacred shrines built around the falling body parts from the corpse of Goddess Sati from heaven. It is believed the naval part of her body fell at this site, thus making it a holy abode. The letter 'Ka' represents Saraswati (the Goddess of knowledge and wisdom), 'ma' represents Lakshmi (the Goddess of wealth and prosperity), while 'akshi' refers to gracious eyes. Together, these three Hindu Goddesses form the holy trinity of the female transcendental energy of the universe.
 Varadharaja Perumal Temple located in the city of Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is one of the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is of immense religious importance. It is also believed that the Alwars or the poetic saints visited this temple.
Varadharaja Perumal Temple is a part of the trio Mumurtivasam along with Ekambareswarar and Kamakshi Amman Temples. The temple is also known as Perumal Koil and is believed to highly sacred in Vaishnavism. The enormous temple complex has 32 shrines and other features built according to the ancient temple architecture. This temple has a unique idol of Lord Vishnu made of wood. The idol is kept in a silver box and is immersed in water. Locals believe that the region received good rainfall after the idol is wholly submerged in water.
Kailasanathar Temple is one of the 2,500 temples that are dedicated to Lord Shiva in Tamil nadu. It is located on the banks of the Vedavathi River, at the western limits, facing the east side in the Kanchipuram city of Tamil Nadu. he Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple is the most ancient temple from amongst all the temples that are located in Tamil Nadu and was built during 685 A.D. and 705 A.D. with beautiful paintings and fantastic sculptures.
The Devarajaswami Temple was constructed by the Vijaynagar kings. It is devoted to the Hindu god Lord Vishnu.
The Ekambaranatha Temple is the largest temple in Kanchipuram. It covers a massive area of 20 acres. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

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