Saturday, 9 July 2011

Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu

Kanchipuram, Kanchi, or Kancheepuram is a temple city in Kanchipuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

There are several big temples like Varadharaja Perumal Temple for Lord Vishnu and Ekambaranatha Temple which is one of the five forms of abodes of Lord Siva, (it is the earth abode here, other abodes include Chidambaram (Sky), Sri Kalahasti (air), Thiruvanaikaval (water) and Tiruvannamalai (fire)), Kamakshi Amman Temple, Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Kumara Kottam, Kachapeshwarar Temple, Kailasanathar Temple and many more.

Kanchipuram is also called as "City of 1000 Temples". Kanchipuram is also famous for its silk sarees, which are hand woven.

Places to See:

Kailasanatha Temple

Situated on the west side of the town, this temple of Kailashnath is considered to be the oldest and most beautiful temple in Kanchipuram and in the whole of South India. It was build by Raja Rajsimha of Pallava dynasty in the first quarter of 8th century on request of the queen. The facade of the temple was completed by his son Raja Mahendra Barman III. Around the presiding deity, Lord Shiva, there are splendid carvings of 58 divinities with Devi Durga on throne and Vishnu among them. There are absolutely scintillating sculptures depicting a dance competition between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathy, these truly magnificent sculptures leave no stone unturned in mesmerizing the onlookers. Various war-like feats of the Pallava rulers are also depicted in bas-relief style on the temple walls with absolute precision. A must visit site.

Vaikuntha Perumal Temple

Situated adjacent to Shri Kamakshi Amman temple, the resplendent Vaikuntha Perumal temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is considered among the most important ones. The construction of the temple was completed in the 7th century A.D and was built by the Pallava king Nandivarman Pallavamalla. The presiding deity, Lord Vishnu is shown here by life like sculptures in sitting, standing and reclining postures. The walls of temple are inscribed with description about the wars between the Pallavas and Chlukyas. The temple also has a 1000-pillared hall that has turned out to be a major tourist attraction. Each pillar in the hall has a statue carved on it that gives the hall a unique and brilliant look.

Kamakshi Amman Temple

Kamakshi Amman temple is one of the three most holily shrines dedicated to Sakthi. The other two are in Madurai and Varanasi. The temple, over an area of 1.6 hectares, is in the heart of old town. In none of the fifty Saiva fans, big or small in Kanchipuram, is there a separate shrine for Devi. So do not miss the chance of paying a tribute to the Goddess Sakthi and worship her for her blessings. The temple was built by Pallavas and was renovated in 14th and 17th century. The gates used are of Vijaynagar period. So you can see a mixture of many cultures and styles in architecture.

Vedanthangal And Karikili Bird's Sanctuaries

Both Vedanthangal and Karikili Bird's Sanctuaries are situated in the interiors of Kanchipuram covering an area of 30 hectare and 61 hectare respectively. These sanctuaries are full of Babool and Barringtonia trees. You can also find dry evergreen scrub and thorn forests. The sanctuaries receive birds from Pakistan and Sri Lanka other than birds from far flung areas like Siberia and Australia and New Zealand. Species like Pintails, Stilts, Garganey Teals and Sandpipers are frequently seen in these sanctuaries. Overall 115 species have been recorded in Vedanthangal And Karikili Bird's Sanctuaries.

Kanchipuram is a major temple city of Tamil Nadu. The list gives the consolidated list of temples in and around Kanchipuram revered by the hymns of Alvars as well as Nayanmars.

List of Vaishnava temples

Varadharaja Perumal Temple

Ashtabujakaram - Sri Adhikesava Perumal Temple

Tiruvekkaa - Sri Yathothkari Temple

Tiruththanka - Sri Deepa prakasa Perumal Temple

Tiruvelukkai - Sri Azhagiya Singar Temple

Neervalur - Sri Veetrirunda Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Temple

Tirukalvanoor - Sri Adi Varaha Swami Temple

Tiruoorakam - Sri Ulagalantha Swami Temple

Tiruneeragam - Sri Jagadeeshwarar Temple

Tirukaaragam - Sri Karunagara Perumal Temple

Tirukaarvaanam - Sri Tirukaarvarnar Temple

Tiruparamechura Vinnagaram - Sri Vaikunda Perumal Temple

Tirupavalavannam - Sri Pavala Vanar Temple

Tirupaadagam - Sri Pandava Thoodar Temple

Tirunilaaththingalthundam-Sri Nilathingal Thundathan Perumal Temple

Tirupputkuzhi - Sri Vijaya Raghava Perumal Temple

Parithiyur-Kalyana Varadharaja Perumal Temple

Sri Aadhi Kesava Perumal - Kooran

Vamanar temple

List of Shiva temples

Kailasnatha Temple

Ekambareswarar Temple

Kamakshi Amman Temple

Dhrmalingeswarar Temple (Kayaar Kulam)

Thiru Kayaroganeeswarar Temple


Kachi Metrali

Onakanthan Tali

Kachi Anekatangapadam

Kachi Nerikkaaraikkadu


Tiru Maakaral



Sangupani Vinayakar Temple

Vazhakarutheeswarar Temple

Thirumetrali Temple

Satyanadeeswara Temple

Adhi Kamakshi Temple

Kanaka Durga Temple, Koneri Kuppam

Thiruparruthikundram - Jaina Temple

Chitragupta Temple...........

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