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Kanchipuram, also known as Kanjeevaram or simply Kanchi, is an alluring small town located in the state of Tamil Nadu. Settled on the western river basin of the Palar river the city offers stunning scenic beauty. The city is home to a number of sacred Hindu temples and is often referred to as "City of Temples".

Considered as one of the most pious places among the seven sacred cities in India, Kanchipuram boasts of many beautiful temples that attract pilgrims to the place all through the year. The intricate architecture of the temples represent the rich culture and fine arts of south India. The charming natural beauty blended with the religious allure makes the city a sought after destinations for travelers. Kanchipuram is famed as the weaving center for the premium 'Kanjeevaram silk'. Kanchis temples showcase some of the best in Dravidian architecture, an amalgam of styles introduced by the citys many rulers over the centuries the Pallavas, Cholas, Vijayanagara kings and Nayaks. In between, the city also had to reckon with many invasions, when some of the stunning temples were used as garrisons. It was the British who introduced sericulture to Kanchipurams weaving community. The legendary Kanchivaram saris have since kept the citys name glowing like the shimmer of silk.

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Kanchipuram Village, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, 631501, India

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Oldest temple in the ancient town of Kanchipuram, Kailasnath temple is an incredible architectural splendour built by the same Pallava king who built

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Mamallapuram's Shore Temple, Narasimhavarman II, in 8th century CE. With its compounds made of sandstone, the entire temple is a maze of incredible carvings of mythological creatures like Yali and has distinct influences of early Dravidian architectural pattern.

temple, the largest temple in the city of thousand temples. town. With a gopuram that seems to reach out to the heavens above and is one of the tallest in South India at 59 meters, Ekambareswarar literally translates to Lord of mango tree and the lore behind its origin is fascinating and enchanting as its hallway of thousand pillars or Aayiram Kaal Mandapam. Built by the Pallavas, remodelled by the Cholas and subsequently elaborated on by King Krishnadevaraya who led Vijayanagara empire to its glory, Ekambareswarar temple is one of the five Panch Bootha Sthalam or Shiva temples, representing the element of Earth. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the inner sanctum is where you can seek Lord Shivas blessing along with that of Goddess Parvati and Lord Ganesha. Adorning the main temples back is a Somaskanda iconography that represents Lord Shiva with Goddess Uma and Lord Skanda in the child form between them. 

Shiva and Goddess Kamakshi is the mango tree or as it is referred to, Stala Vruksham from which the temple gets its name and believed to have divine powers of its own.

Vaikunta Perumal Temple

Vaikunta Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, 631501, India With its hallmark Pallavan architectural grandeur, this temple has in fact been the inspiration behind the creation of other, much larger, temples all across Tamil Nadu. As you walk into the complex you will be faced with what seems to be one towering sanctum sanctorum when it is actually three separate shrines seated one on top of the other. The one on the ground floor contains the idol of Lord Vishnu is a seated position while the one on the first floor has Vishnu in a reclining position accessible only on ekadasi days. The top floor sanctum sanctorum has Lord Vishnu in a standing position and is usually inaccessible to devotees. There are passages set around all the three sanctum sanctorum that lends themselves to circumambulation. Peer closely at the temple walls and nooks and corners, you will spot faded and slightly disintegrated sculptures and murals of Lord Vishnu.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple's walls are replete with panels showing Nataraja, the Lord of Dance and an avatar of Shiva, in various postures. Called the Stone temple of Kachipettu, Kachipettu Periya Thirukatrali, by Rajaraja Chola, Kailasnath temple is believed to be the architectural inspiration behind Brihadeeswarar temple in Thanjavur.

Magnificent and stately without being imperious, Kailasnath temple is Kanchipuram's crowing glory in its hallmark understated elegance.

Ekambareswarar Temple
Ekambareswara Temple, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, 631501, India

As you walk into the sprawling temple complex you will come across 5 courtyards, also called prakarams and the sacred temple tank called Kampai Tirthai.  Ekambareswarar temples inner walls are sheer testaments to devotional magnificence, decorated as they are with 1008 shiva lingams.  Right next to the shrine dedicated to Lord

Dedicated to Lord Vishnu and one of the 108 Divya Desams (108 Vishnu temples that find reference in the literary works of Tamil saints, Azhvars), Vaikunta Perumal temple is also known as Thiru Parameswara Vinnagaram. Created out of King Nandivarmans (the 2nd) devotion and religious zeal, Vaikunta Perumal temple has been standing here since the 8th century. Heart of Sri Thirumangai Alvars, last of the 12 Azhvars, mangalasasanam (hymns sung for Divya Desams), Vaikunta Perumal temple is replete with inscribed panels that tell the tale of King Nandivarmans ascension to his throne.

Standing tall before you, silhouetted against Kanchipurams skyline is Ekambareswarar


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Thirumagaral Shiva Temple, Magaral village, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, 631501, India

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600026, India Rs. 200 +91-44-24802577

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Enroute to Uthiramerur from the town of Kanchipuram lies yet another Shivasthalam, that of Thirumarugal. Glorious and ancient to its very core steeped in mythology, Thirumarugal was built by King Rajendra Chola and is believed to one of the oldest Shiva temples in India, its origins having traced far back to the 7th century. Since its foundation, the temple has been overlain with numerous legends and folklore, all testament to the belief in its holiness and sanctity. Its layout is in the traditional temple architectural plan typical to the temples of Kanchipuram and Shiva Sthalams. While the presiding deity of Thirumarugal is Lord Shiva, he is in his selfmanifested, swayambu, avatar at the temple. Also enshrined is Lord Murugan with an elephant as a vahan rather than the peacock that is his traditional vahan (vehicle). In fact Thirumarugal temple is the site where Lord Murugan slayed the demon Magaran.

No 38 & 40, Moongil Mandapam Opposite Srs Lodge, Gandhi Road, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India +91-96593-56777

Hotel Sakthi Ganapathi

85, East Raja Street, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, 631501, India +91-44-225652

One of Tamil Nadus most popular chain eateries, is just the place to head to for delectable and savoury vegetarian South Indian dishes. With outlets spread across the globe, though Saravana Bhavan has diversified to a more pan-Indian cuisine offering, its their South Indian dishes that continue to be the restaurants crowning glory. From delicious thalis (assortment of dishes) to idlis stuffed with fresh produce, julienned golden onions with spicy, aromatic sambhar on the side or paper thin, light dosas stuffed with spicy potatoes, Saravana Bhavan is the place to be. Dont forget to end the meal with pal payasam, a classic south Indian dessert.

Sridhar Cafe
No. 75, Gandhi Road, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, 631501, India

Royal Inn
SRM Nagar, Kattankulathur, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, 631501, India

Devarajaswami Temple

Hotel Saravana Bhavan

19, Andavar Koil Street, Vadapalani,

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A: Kailasnath temple B: Ekambareswarar Temple C: Vaikunta Perumal Temple D: Thirumarugal E: Devarajaswami Temple

F: Saravana Lunch Home G: Hotel Sakthi Ganapathi H: Sridhar Cafe I: Royal Inn J: Hotel Saravana Bhavan