Kanchipuram - The Destination
3 S’s of Kanchipuram—silk,
saints and shrines. The city of Kanchipuram
forms a primary part of the golden triangle
of the Southern India together with Chennai
and Mahabalipuram. The sacred city is a beautiful
place in India with temples in the every nook
and corner. The temple city of Kanchipuram is
one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites
in India and seat of the Shankaracharya.
This City of a Thousand Temples Kanchipuram
is one of the seven holy cities of the
Hindus . Only 126 temples remain
now but the
town still attracts visitors
from around the country.Pilgrims,
customers of silk, and the simply curious come to
see the numerous carved temples and participate in
the activities of this busy town.
You can spend the entire day visiting the temples
in the city. The most important of the temples is
the Ekambareswarar temple that
was built by the Pallavas. Later it was reconstructed
by the Chola and Vijayanagar kings. Lord Shiva is
the presiding deity at the temple as Prithvi (earth).
Earth is one of the five basic elements of this
physical world. The temple is spread across 20-acres
of land and the 58.5 m high Gopuram in the south
are its remarkable features. The temple is 11 stories
high and this makes it one of the tallest temple
towers in South India. You will appreciate the beautiful
sculptures of the temple as much as they are by
the other tourists.
The other visit will be to the 8th century Vaikunta
Perumal Temple that was built by Nandivarma
Pallava. This is a Vaishnavite temple i.e.
it is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The beauty of the
temple lies in the battle scenes that depict the
Pallava valor. These scenes are carved on the panels
surrounding the main parikrama.
Further in the Varadaraja Temple,
which has a 100-pillared hall, was built by the
Vijayanagar kings will prove the mastery of its
artists to you. The temple is dedicated to Lord
Vishnu and is worshipped as Devarajaswamy.
At the Kailasanathar Temple you
will find the panel depicting Shiva and Parvathi
in the midst of one of their innumerable dance competitions. Pallava kings constructed the temple
in the 8th century. The architecture of this temple
is on the same lines as that of the Shore Temple
at Mamallapuram. Later in the tour the imposing
structure of the Kamakshi Amman Temple is bound
to impress you. The temple is dedicated to goddess
Parvathi in her guise as Kamakshi, the goddess who
accedes to all requests. Go ahead and say your request.
You can visit the city anytime throughout the year.
The fairs and festivals add color to the spectrum
of temples at Kanchipuram. The Brahmothsavam, Garudothsavam and Ratha festivals, which are held in the months
of January, April, and May are important occasions
for you to plan to trip accordingly.
While at the religious center of Kanchipuram, do
not forget to pick up souvenirs for one and all
from this Silken Paradise. The city
is world famous for the gorgeous hand-woven silk
sarees of myriad rich colors, noted for their shine,
finish and matchless beauty. These spectacular creations
are marketed by a number of co-operative societies,
located all over the state are will be excellent
gifts for self and others.