Kanchipuram or Kanchi is the city of thousands in South India. Kanchipuram travel takes us to a world of temples and silk sarees. A travel to this small town shows the architectural mastery which bear the testony of the glorious Dravidian heritage. Kanchipuram was an epicenter of learning and spiritual activities since 10th century. This place was ruled by Cholas, Pallavas and the empire of Vijayanagar, and each one left a distinct architectural style to the historic monuments.
Kanchipuram is a highly revered spiritual place in India. It is here Adi Sankaracharya lived and worked. It is also referred as the golden city of temples. One of the seven sacred cities in India Kanchipuram is the second holiest after Varanasi.
Following are pilotage attractions of Kanchipuram travel:
This is dedicated to Lord Shiva and on of the oldest temple over here. It was built by the Pallava king Rajasimha. The architecture of the temple shows the freshness and simplicity of the Dravidian style. There are a number of small shrines within this temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvathi and their sons Ganesh and Murugan.
Kamakshi Amman Temple
It is dedicated to Goddess Parvathi. Here the Goddess is worshiped in the form of Kamakashi or the goddess of love. It is a very beautiful temple with gold plated sanctum. There is a golden chariot in the temple which is taken out side the temple for procession every Friday evening, which is unduly a great visual delight.
It is one of the largest temple in Kanchipuram. Ekambareshwar temple is also dedicated to Lord Shiva and considered as to one of the ancient pilgrimage destination in India. Earlier it was a small fane but over the time it has become a larger with innumerable shrines, Mandapams, Gopurams and Tanks.
The list of the pilgrimage destinations in Kanchipuram is innumberable. There are other noticeable times are – Kumara Kottam, Varadaraja Temple, Ulahalanda Perumal Temple, Devarajaswami Temple etc. Kanchipuram travel would not be completed without and until you visit the place where the silk sarees are made. And I am pretty much sure that you not but help buying some pieces. One more thing – the festivals of Kanchipuram are also worth mentioning. Try to attend the festivals like – Kamakshi Ammam Festival – February; Mahashivaratri festival – Kailashanatha temple in February; Panguni Utiram -Ekambareshwara temple in March-April; Brahmotsavam -Varadaraja temple in May; Garuda Sevai- Varadaraja temple in June; Float festival -Varadaraja temple in February and November.