Kanchipuram Travel Guide


Attraction in Kanchipuram

Ekambaresvara Temple - Ekambareshvara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, is one of the largest temples in Kanchipuram, spreading over an area of 12.14 hectares. This ancient temple is surrounded by a huge stonewall built in the early 16th century during the days of the Vijayanagar Empire. Ekambareshwar temple is of hoary antiquity, beginning as a small fane, it has grown over the centuries into a large one with innumerable shrines, Mandapams, Gopurams and Tanks. It is considered to be one of the most ancient temples in India and has been in existence even prior to 600 AD.

Kailasanatha Temple - Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kailashanathar (also spelt as Kailashnatha) is one of the earliest temples built by the Pallava ruler Rajasimha Pallava and was completed by his son, Mahendra Varma Pallava in the 8th century AD. It is the oldest structure in Kanchipuram and the finest example of Pallava architecture in South India. Of all the temples in India, no other edifice has been so elaborately filled with all the 64 aspects of Lord Shiva. The temple is unique in its architecture and is viewed more as an architectural wonder than as a holy place. Hence, it is never crowded with locals. But, once in a year during Shivaratri festival large crowds visit the temple and you can expect hours of waiting in long queues.

Kumara Kottam - Kumara Kottam is located in between the Kamakshi and Ekambareshwar temples in the Somaskanda formation in the town of Kanchipuram. It is a well-visited temple with two Prakarams and a complete pantheon of Parivara Devatas enshrined in their respective shrines. In the sanctum, Muruga is in a seated pose. Valli, Deivayani are absent here, but their festival idols are kept here. In accordance with the function of Creation he has assumed, his right arm is in Abaya pose, the upper hand holds the rosary, and the lower left arm is on the thigh in Katyavailambita pose with the left arm holding the Kamandalam. The posture is also called Brahma Chattam.

Varadaraja Swami Temple in Kanchipuram

Varadaraja - The Varadaraja temple is one of the important shrines of Sri Vaishnavites. Also known as Hastigiri, it is located in Vishnu Kanchi or "the Little Kanchi". Originally it was known as Attiyuran. The main deity here is Varadaraja Perumal in a standing posture facing west and the Lord here is also known as "Devaraja", "Pranatharthihara", "Deva Perumal", "Athiyooran" and "Perarulalan". Varadaraja temple with superb art has a magnificent history, which is associated with Sri Ramanuja, who used to serve here. Many miracles are  said to  have  occurred . It  was with his  ministry that the temple,

then already several centuries old, began to gain fame.

Kamakshi Amman - India has three main cities where the Goddess Shakti is worshipped. Kanchipuram holds the most important rank among the three. The Kamakshi Amman temple is the hub of all religious activities in Kanchipuram. The main tower over the sanctum (Vimanam) of the temple is gold plated. Also of significance is the Golden Chariot in this temple.
Quick Getaways near Kanchipuram

Sriperumpudhur (29kms) - It is the birth place of Saint Ramanujar, the Father of Visishtadvaida philosophy of Vaishnavism and hence an important pilgirim centre for the Vaishnavites.

Vandalur (35kms) - The new sprawling Anna Zoological Park at Vandalur, the biggest in South India, has, among other species, a superb collection of tropical mammals, birds and reptiles. The animals are in huge natural enclosures enabling them to move freely.

Lord Vishnu temple in Kanchipuram
Thirunthani (42kms) -Thiruthani, lying to the west of Chennai, is one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya. 365 steps lead to the hill which represent the days of the year. Thiruthani is said to be the place where the Lord married Valli - one of his two consorts. The Karthigai festival which falls in December is celebrated with great pomp here and it is one of the most crowded periods of the year.

Vedanthangal (48kms) - Vedanthangal is one of the largest bird sancturies in India. It is a marshy park with a lake visited by over 1,00,000 migratory birds every year. The majority of these birds can be seen between November and February. The variety of birds include Herons, Darters, Spoonbills, Pelicans, Sandpipers, White Ibis, Cormorants, Blue winged teals and Swans.

Festivals in Kanchipuram

Some of the important festivals celebrated in Kanchipuram are the Brahmotsavam -Varadaraja temple in May; Garuda Sevai- Varadaraja temple in June; Float festival -Varadaraja temple in February and November; Kamakshi Ammam Festival - February; Mahashivaratri festival - Kailashanatha temple in February; Panguni Uthiram -Ekambareshwara temple in March-April.

Getting There & Away to Kanchipuram

Flights to Kanchipuram Chennai is the nearest airport to Kanchipuram.
Trains to Kanchipuram
Trains for Kanchipuram are available from Chennai, Chengalpattu, Tirupati, and Bangalore.
Car and Bus Service to Kanchipuram
Kanchipuram is 75-km away from Chennai and is well connected by a network of roads. There are frequent buses from the city to Chennai, Bangalore and other places.

Getting Around in Kanchipuram

For local transportation bicycles can be hired from the shops near the bus stand. Cycle Rickshaws and auto rickshaws are also available on hire to move in and around the city.
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