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Kancheepuram

Kancheepuram Temple Tour, Kancheepuram TravelsKancheepuram, like all ancient cities, is also situated on the banks of a river, Vegavati. The city was the capital of the Early Cholas as far back as the 2nd century BC and a Pallava capital between the 6th and 8th centuries. The sculptures, architectural and religious grandeur of 1500 years of rule is visible everywhere. It is surrounded by the historic places like Mamallapuram, Thiruvannamalai, Vellore, Sholingar, Thiruthani and Thirupathi.

In the poetic words of Kalidasa, Kancheepuram is described as the best among the cities (Nagareshu Kanchi) just as Jati (jasmine) is the sweetest amongst the flowers, Rambha the most beautiful amongst women and Grihasthasrama the most ideal amongst the four asramas of human life. As regards learning, Kanchi stood second in glory only to Banaras. Yuan Chwang, the great Chinese traveler, spoke highly of its people and went on to record that Buddha had visited the place. Kanchi was an important place of pilgrimage for Buddhists, Jains and Hindus.

Ancient Kanchipuram, the city of thousand temples, is one of the seven most sacred pilgrim centres Ayodya, Mathura, Maya, Kasi, Kanchi, Avanthi, Duvaragai for the Hindus. Kanchipuram owns 108 temples dedicated to Siva and 18 to Vishnu besides scores of other temples, mosques and churches and Adi Shankara Mutt. The famous temples include Kailasanatha Temple, Vaikunta Perumal Temple, Sri Ekambaranathar Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple, and Devarajaswami Temples.

Today, Kancheepuram is equally famous as Silk City for its thriving handloom silk fabric industry. Woven from pure mulberry silk, the Kancheepuram silk sarees have an enviable reputation for texture, lustre, durability, dazzling colours and finish in the world. A few silk weavers that settled here more than 400 years ago are more than 5000 families today.


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