HISTORYKanchipuram has been the capital city between 6th to 8th century AD during the reign of the notable dynasties like Pallavas, Cholas, and the Vijayanagar.Kanchipuram was also taken over by the Chalukyas, and the Rashtrakutas for a short period from the Pallavas.Most of the temples in and around Kanchipuram was built by the Pallavas and later Cholas. History also states that Buddhism prevailed in Kanchipuram for a brief period which is evident from the Buddhist stupas present here. One of the four seats of Sri Adi Shankaracharya the Kanchi Kamakotti Peetham is situated here. For centuries Kanchipuram was a great center for Tamil learning and culture.Kanchipuram presents the glorious Dravidian heritage of the Vaishnavites and Shaivites where the former were the worshippers of Vishnu and the later were the worshippers of Shiva.
LOCATIONKanchipuram is situated towards south of Tamil Nadu at a distance of 70 km from Chennai extending from latitude 12° 50' in the north to longitude 79° 45' in the east.
FAIRS AND FETIVALSKanchipuram is a place where one can witness fairs and festivals throughout the year.Brahmothsavam is celebrated in the month of January and Garudothsavam, and Car (rath) festivals during the month of April and May respectively.
PLACES OF INTEREST
This temple has an excellent architecture built with full of red sandstone resembling that of the Shore Temple at amallapuram.
Dauntless carvings of the Pallava art can be witnessed here of which the Urdhva Tandava dance of Siva and the laughing face of Parvati are worth seeing.
The sculptural beauty of the pillars is amazing as are the ornamental rings carved out of single stone at the Four Corners of the mandapam in the form of a chain.
Sri Kacchapaeswarar TemplePallava Dynasty built Kacchapaeswarar temple. In this temple, Siva appears as being worshipped by Vishnu in the form of turtle (kurmemerali). 'Kacchapam' is a Sanskrit word for 'Turtle', hence the name 'Kacchapa Eswarar Temple'.
The presiding deity of this temple is Kamakshi having Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati as her eyes.
The Gayatri Mandapam surrounded by grove of Champaka trees houses the sanctum sanctorum in the centre and it faces the southeast direction.
The Kamakoti Peetham is enshrined in the Sri Chakra just in front of Sri Devi and all pujas and sacrifices are offered to the Sri Chakra.
Sri Ulagalandar TempleThis Vaishnava Temple is supposed to be one of the 108 Divya Desam's of Lord Vishnu and was built in Chola period .The main deity of this temple takes the form of Trivikrama and are 35 feet high and 24 feet wide posing with one foot on earth and the other on the sky. -storey structure in the shape of a lotus flower with beautiful archways set in geometric pattern. This Mahal was mainly used by the queens during the month of summer.
Sri Vaikunda Perumal Temple
This temple which is famous for its architecture has beautiful sculptures and inscriptions.
The other features adding to the merit of this temple are the inner walls are decorated with lion shaped pillars.
Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal TempleThis temple is again one of the 108 Divyadesams.Legends say that it is in this place Lord Rama performed the funeral rites for Jatayu.Jatayu was the giant bird that possessed valor and fought with Ravana when he was trying to take away Sita to Lanka.
Jain Temples at TirupparuthikkundramKanchipuram has many temples of the Jain Tirthankaras for most of the Pallava kings were followers of Jainism. These Jain temples belong to the ninth century and have excellent fresco paintings and a grand image of Bhagwan Mahaveer.
Sri Subramaniya Swami TempleSri Subramaniya Swami Temple is a famous and a sacred pilgrimage spot where the Hindus considers it as mandatory to visit this temple which was built in 1915.The location of this temple is said to be a rare phenomenon according to the Hindu scriptures.
SHOPPINGKanchipuram is noted worldwide for its silk sarees.Kanchipuram silks saris are woven using a dazzling array of colorful threads and fine golden thread or zari into alluring patterns depicting traditional temple motifs. The other items in the shopping list include artifacts like fruit baskets, candle stands, and jewelry boxes and idols of gods and goddesses. These made of stone, bronze, brass, copper and souvenirs. The main shopping area includes Mettu street and Gandhi road.
7.Sri Muniyandi Restaurant
1.Hotel Babu Surya
4.Hotel Jaybala International
6.Sri Rama Lodge
8.Baboo Surya Hotel