Kanchipuram is also known as Kanchi. Kanchipuram is located on the banks of the Vegavathi river. Kanchipuram is famous all over the world for its Kanchipuram sarees. Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu is a famous tourist attraction. Kanchipuram is known for being a cultural and philosophical center. This city is very beautiful for the religious and those who are interested in Hinduism. Kanchipuram is also called the city of temples.
The city is believed to be part of the mythical Dravidian kingdom of Mahabharata. Described as the “best of cities” by the fourth-century Sanskrit poet, Kalidasa. Kanchipuram served as the early Chola capital. Kanchipuram was a battlefront for the British East India Company in the Carnatic Wars against the French East India Company and in the Anglo-Mysore Wars with the Sultanate of Mysore.
Visiting place in Kanchipuram
Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple is located on the banks of the river Vedavati. This temple is the oldest temple. The construction of this temple was started by the Pallava ruler Rajasimha, while his son Mahendra Varma Pallava completed it. The temple was built in 685 A.D. and 705 A.D.Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple is adorned with beautiful paintings and exotic sculptures. The Kanchi Kailasanathar temple has a sixteen-sided Shiva Lingam which is made of black granite in the main temple.
Varadharaja Perumal Temple
Vardharaja Perumal temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It has a lot of religious significance and is one of the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Varadharaja Perumal Temple is also known as Perumal Koil. People from all over the world come to Vishnu Kanchi to seek blessings, especially during the 10-day Vaikasi Brahmotsavam, Puratasi Navratri, and Vaikunda Ekadasi. This is one of the holiest places for Vaishnavism. The temple has inscriptions donated by various dynasties. The temple has around 350 inscriptions from various dynasties like Chola, Pandya, Kandavarayas, Cheras, Kakatiya, Sambuvaraya, Hoysala, and Vijayanagara.
Ulagalantha Perumal Temple
Ulagalantha Perumal Temple is a temple dedicated to Vishnu. The temple is built in Dravidian style. It is one of the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Vishnu. There Ulagalantha Perumal and his companion Lakshmi are worshiped as Amudavalli. The temple is of great historical and religious importance. In this temple, the idol of Lord Vishnu is in the Vamana incarnation. In this idol, Lord Vishnu has one foot on the earth and the other on the sky.
Chitragupta Temple is one of the rare temples of the Hindu god Chitragupta. The present construction of the Chitragupta temple dates back to the 9th century during the Chola dynasty. This temple is dedicated to Chitragupta who is also known as Yamaraja, the helper of the Lord’s death. According to Hindu mythology, Chitragupta was born from a painting of Lord Shiva.
Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham
Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Panch is a monastery for the Hindu community located in one of the Bhutasthals. Kanchi Kamkoti Pitham is also known as Kanchi Math. Kanchi Kamakoti is dedicated to Kamakshi, the goddess of Pitham Shakti. Adi Shankara is believed to have traditionally founded the Kanchi Math.