Kanchipuram Temples

Carvings from the Kailasanatha Temple in Kanchipuram
Photo by: mckaysavage, Creative Commons

The ‘Kanchipuram’ or ‘Kanchi’ is located in the Tamilnadu state of India. The Kanchipuram city is famous for its temples and silk sarees.

The Kanchipuram city is famous for the temples and sarees, these sarees are woven by hand. Kalidasa, a great Sanskrit scholar and poet described Kanchipuram as the best cities among the medieval period. The famous Chinese monk Xuanzang visited the Kanchipuram city in the 7th century. The city is well known as the manufacturer of silk sarees in India. The architecture of the Kanchipuram temples clearly shows the south Indian style.

Kanchipuram is knows as the oldest city in South India. The Kanchipuram city has been a center place for the learning of Sanskrit and Tamil. The Kanchipuram was ruled by Pallava dynasty in the period of 4th to 9th centuries. During the period of 3rd and 9th centuries Kanchipuram served as a capital to the Pallava dynasty.

Major Temples

Kailashnatha Temple: The Kailashnatha temple is known to be the oldest temple in Kanchipuram. The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. The temple was built by Rayasimha (Pallava king) in a Dravidian style. In addition there are small temples devoted to Lord Shiva and Paravati (Lord Shiva’s wife).

Sri Ekambaranathar Temple: The Ekambaranathar temple is also devoted to Lord Shiva and also one among largest temples in Kanchipuram. Krishnadevaraya (emperor of the Vijayanagar Dynasty) built the Ekambaranathar temple in the 16th century. The temple comprises an area of about 12 hectares. The main attraction at the temple is the thousand pillared hall.

Kamakshi Amman Temple: The Kamakshi Amman Temple is devoted to Goddess Paravati. Paravati is also known as goddess of love. One can reach the temple by passing through the thousand pillared hall.

Devarajaswami Temple: – The Devarajaswami temple is built by the Vijayanagar dynasty rulers, the temple is said to be one of the biggest temples in Kanchipuram. The temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu. The important thing at the temple is the wedding hall, where the marriage of Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi. Goddess is performed.

Vaikuntha Perumal Temple: –
The Vaikuntha Perumal Temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu. This temple structure is made of stones, which displays the greatest architecture and culture of the Kanchipuram city.

By train: – The Kanchipuram city is well connected with train services; from Chennai (the capital city of tamilnadu) it’s about 75 km which takes about 50 minutes.

By bus: – The city is well connected with roads from Vellore it takes about 2 to 3 hours.

This place is worth a visit because it is a sacred place which shows the different traditions and architecture of south India.

One response to “Kanchipuram Temples”

  1. It is unfortunate that you have missed out capturing the famous image of ‘Bhikshatanamurty of Shiva’, which is partly hidden beyond the two lions !

    If you may please view http://www.art-and-archaeology.com/india/kanchipuram/kai03.html, you may find what I mean.

    Best wishes.

    Shyamal chatterji

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