The city of a Thousand Temples Ancient Kanchipuram is one of the most holy pilgrim centers for the Hindus. Kancheepuram is admired for its prominent crafted world famous silk sarees, a traditional home industry. Kancheepuram is also known for its culture and civilization. This city is also known as Kanchi.
Places of interest are:
Vaikuntam Perumal Temple:
This is one of the imperative Vishnu temples which were built by Pallava King Nandivarman Pallavamalla .Several messages are found in this temple relating to the wars between the Pallavas and Challukyas. The presiding deity Lord Vishnu is depicted in sitting, standing and reclining postures.Varadaraja Perumal Temple:
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the 100-pillared hall of this temple proves the mastery of the sculptors of Vijayanagara.Kailasanathar Temple:
It is built in the typical Pallava style, with a pyramidal tower, a pillared hall and atrium, enclosed by a wall. The temple is famous for exquisite carvings and attracts devotees and tourists alike.Ekambareswarar:
The 57 meters (188") high Raja gopuram is one of the tallest towers in South India. The 2,501 year old mango tree inside the temple has 4 branches each yielding different varieties of mangoes. This temple has five spacious corridors (prakrams) and a beautiful 1,000 pillar hall.Ulagalanda Perumal Temple:
There is an awe-inspiring idol of Vishnu that is 35 feet in height.Ashtabuja Perumal Temple:
The remarkable feature of this deity is that it has eight arms. Lord Vishnu is in standing posture, facing west. The temple has ancient stone inscriptions.Kanchi Kamakshi Temple:
The name Kamakshi is often interpreted as one with eyes of desire. In fact, the letter Ka stands for Saraswati and Ma for Lakshmi, while akshi means eye. Kamakshi is hence an embodiment of the aspects of Parvati, Lakshmi and Saraswati. The temple is known for exquisite sculptures.Devarajaswami Temple:
It is built by the Vijaynagar king is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. There are elaborately carved pillars that can be seen throughout the temple. One of the highlights of the temple is a marriage hall (symbolize the marriage between Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi). There is a water tank that has a large statue of Lord Vishnu inside the water.Ekambaranatha Temple:
A must-visit is the largest temple in Kanchipuram. It covers an impressive 20 acres. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and was built by the Pallavas and then in turn was altered by both the Cholas and the Rayas.Kachapeshwarar Temple:
Lord Shiva being worshipped by Lord Vishnu in the form of tortoise (Kachap), this image can be seen on sculptures and engravings that adorn the Kachapeshwarar Temple.Anna Memorial:
Kanchipuram is the birth place of Dr. C.N. Annadurai, the scholar statesman, affectionately called Anna - The Elder Brother - by the general public. His ancestral house located here has been converted into a memorial.Enathur:
Rustic rural settings adorn this village. Kanchi Sankara Mutt has set up a University for Advanced learning at Enathur. Library with ancient books, palm leaf manuscripts on various subjects are housed in this University comlex.Handloom Industry:
Kanchipuram's exquisite silk sarees are woven from pure mulberry silk in contrasting colors and have an enviable reputation for texture, luster, durability and finish.