Kanchipuram

For silk saris, one of the famous towns is Kanchipuram. The city is very famous of its Kanchipuram sari in all around the world. It is also the city of thousand temples and considered as a sacred city of the India. It is famous for hand-woven silk fabrics. The weavers use the highest quality silk and pure gold thread. It is also known as Silk City.

Location

Kanchipuram district is situated on the north-eastern coast of Tamil Nadu, adjacent to the Bay of Bengal and Chennai City.

History

Kanchipuram is the sacred city and the second holiest after Varanasi.

The city was once the capital of the Pallavas, Cholas, and the Vijaynagar rulers. It was under the Pallavas from 6th to 8th century AD but, during that period, was also briefly occupied by the Chalukyas, and the Rashtrakutas.

Kanchi was a major seat of learning as well as an important place of pilgrimage for Buddhists, Jains and Hindus. It has been a center for Tamil learning and culture for centuries and presents the glorious Dravidian heritage of the Vaishnavites and Shaivites.

Fairs and Festivals

Masi Mahotsavam- this festival celebrated in two parts –first part is celebrated for 12 days when the deity is taken in procession on different vehicles and the second part of the festival is celebrated for nine days. This festival held at the Kamakshi Amman temple.

Mahashivratri Festival- it is celebrated in February- March at the Kailasanathar Temple in the honour of Lord Shiva. During the festival, women and young girls fast to appease Lord Shiva.

Varadaraja Perumal Rath Yatra- it is also known as Temple Car Festival organised when the idol of the Lord Varadaraja Perumal is carried on a wooden chariots in a pompous procession. The beat of drums and the chanting of the Vishnu Mantra create a different world altogether.

Tourist attractions

Kamakshi Amman Temple- this is famous Hindu temple which is dedicated to Maa Kamakshi divine form of Parvati. It become most visiting destination place for travellers especially for pilgrims.

Ekambaranathat Temple- it was built by the Pallavas and was reconstructed by the Chola and Vijaynagar King. It is spread in 20 acre with tall Gopuram, which soars to a height of 58.5m. The structure is decorated with beautiful sculptures.

Kanchi Kudil- Kudil means house, which is represents the life of common people of the city with the view to attract tourists and let them feel the essence of life as lived here. It will show a clear picture of the entire town and its specialties.

Place around Kanchipuram

Sriperumbudur is 29 km from Chennai on the way to Kanchipuram. It is the birthplace of Saint Ramanujar. This is also the place where Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India, was killed in a bomb blast during a public meeting in 1991.

The Elagiri Hill is an isolated, attractive picnic spot in the Eastern Ghats at an elevation of about 1000m.

Best time to Visit

The weather of city is tropical in all over the year. In summers (March to May), temperature reach 21 to 37 degree C. And in winter (October to February) temperature up to 19 to 29 degree C.

How to Reach

By Air- Chennai airport is the nearest airport from city. Chennai airport is domestic as well as international airport, which is well connected to the abroad.

By Rail- Tirupati, Chennai, Chengalpattu and Bangalore are the nearest railway station. From these station trains are available for Kanchipuram.

By Road- Kanchipuram is 75 km away from Chennai and is well connected by a network of road. Local transportations are also available for city.

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