Thursday, 22 October 2015

KANCHIPURAM - A HISTORICAL AND RELIGIOUS PLACE OF TEMPLES AND SILK SAREES IN TAMIL NADU

Kanchipuram or Kanchi is a town about 72-75 kms from Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Sriperumbudur, where the memorial of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is located comes in between Chennai and Kanchi. In Hindu religion, Kanchi is considered as one of the holy towns in the country. It lies on the bank of the River Pallar. The city is also sacred for Buddhists and Jains too. Though it is believed that the ancient town of Kanchi had about 1000 temples, now only a little over one hundred of them are found. Even then the number is larger than many other places. Because of this, there would be a festival throughout the year in one or the other temple in the town.

Apart from the temples of the town, silk Industry has also deep rooted in this area for over hundreds of years and the name Kanchipuram saree is famous for its hand woven Silk Saree. The entire households of the town are involved in this trade in a way.

Apart from religion, for the general tourists, the temples in Kanchipuram are impressed with the architectural and artistic skills exhibited in it. The temples also stand as a proof of the dominance of South Indian heritage and the city’s glorious past, which was ruled by kings who were not only powerful but loved and patronized arts and crafts.

The notable temples are, Kamakshi Amman Temple,  Ekambareswar Temple, Kailasanathar Temple and Devarajaswami Temple among the many.


Kanchipuram is connected by road and rail. Chennai International Airport is the nearest airport about 70kms away.

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Temple at Kanchipuram



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