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KANCHIPURAM:- Kanchipuram is often referred to as the 'Golden City of a Thousand Temples' and one of the City of Seven Heavens. With so many temples (not literally 1000), it is no wonder that this city is a popular pilgrimage spot for people who belong to the Hindu religion.

Kanchipuram is considered one of the Seven Sacred Cities of India. In this context, it is particularly known for being the seat for bearing culture and philosophy. Besides its religious and cultural significance, Kanchipuram is also a strong commerce center.

This exceptional city is especially known for producing some of the finest silk in the entire world. Beautiful scenery, historic temples, religious and cultural implications, and outstanding goods like quality silk are all found in one place.

Nearest Railway Station/Airport: Kanchipuram CJ or Chennai Stations (71 Kms) / Chennai Airport MAA (62 Kms).

Best Season: Throughout the Year.
SRI VARADARAJA SWAMY TEMPLE:- Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple is also known as Devarajaswami Temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The 100 ft high temple tower (gopuram) was built in 11th century AD and was renovated by the Vijyanagar Kings in the 16th century.
Distance from City : 3 Kms.
Highlight:- This temple has a 100 pillar hall (mandapam) which is beautifully carved. There is a chain that is carved out of a single stone. This temple is one of the 108 Divya Desam.
In and Around:- Kailasanathar Temple and Vaikunta Perumal Temples.
Note:- The chariot is taken out for procession (chariot festival) around the city once in a year (during the month of May).
Season:- All round the year. (6.00am to 12pm and 3.30 to 8.30 pm)
KAMAKSHI AMMAN TEMPLE:- Kamakshi Amman Temple is the landmark of Kanchipuram. It is believed that the Kamakshi Amman Temple in Kanchipuram was existing even before Aadi Sankaracharya's period (788-820 AD). The sannathi (sanctum) is covered with a gold plated roof.
Distance from City:- 1 Kms.
Highlight:- It has been told that there are three major Shakti's (Amman) in India. They are 'Kanchi Kamakshi, Madurai Meenakshi and Kaasi Visalakshi'.
In and Around:- Ulagalanda Perumal Temple and Sri Ekambareswarar Temple.
Note:- Even most of the locals are unaware of the fact that there are no shrines for Shakti in any of the Shiva temples in Kanchipuram.
Season:-  All round the year. (6am to 12pm and 4 to 8.30pm)

KAILASANATHAR TEMPLE:- The Kailasanathar temple (Shiva Temple) was built during the period from 685 A.D. to 705 A.D. by the Pallava king Rajasimha Pallava, and his son, Mahendra Varma Pallava.

Distance from City:- 3 Kms.

Highlight:- The architecture and sculpture of this temple resembles the temples found in Mahabalipuram which were also constructed by Pallavas.
In and Around:- Varadaraja Perumal Temple and Vaikunta Perumal Temples.
Note:- Kailasanathar temple was constructed using sandstones for most of the sculptures. All the walls around and inside the temple are filled with great sculptures.

Season:- All round the year. (6 am to 12pm and 4 to 8pm)

EKAMBARESWARAR TEMPLE:- Sri Ekambareswarar Temple is also known as 'Ekambaranathar Temple' (temple of Lord Shiva). The 'Pallavas' demolished the old structure and rebuilt the existing structure during 600 AD and 700 AD. The total area of the whole temple is about 40 acres.

Distance from City:- 2 Kms.

Legend:- Until recently there was a 3500 yr old mango tree. It is believed that Goddess Kamakshi Amman, worshipped Lord Shiva under this mango tree.
In and Around:- Ulagalanda Perumal Temple and Kamakshi Amman Temples.
Note:- The temple tower at the main entrance (Raja Gopuram) that you see here was constructed by the king Krishnadevaraya (Vijayanagar Dynasty).

Season:- All round the year. (6am to 12.30pm and 4 to 8.30pm)

VAIKUNTHA PERUMAL TEMPLE:- It is one of the most important temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It was built by the Pallava king Nandivarman and was completed in the 7th century A.D. There are three different levels of the main shrine.

Distance from City:- 1 Km

Highlight:- The exceptional 1000-pillared hall. Each pillar has a statue carved on it. Lion pillars support the enclosed passages inside the temple.
In and Around:- Kailasanathar Temple and Ekambarnathar Temples
Note:- There are a number of sculptures of Lord Vishnu which are quite massive in size depicting the Lord in sitting, standing and reclining postures.

Season:- All round the year. (6am to 12.30pm and 4 to 8.30pm)

JAINA KANCHI OR THIRUPPARUTHIKUNDRAM:- Thirupparuthikunram is famous for two ancient Jain temples. There are two temples dedicated to Vardhaman Mahavir and Chandra Prabha.
Distance from City:- 7 Kms.

Vardhaman Mahavir Temple:- Dates back to 6th century. The temple houses a great idol of Bhagwan Mahaveer. The height of the idol is about 6 feet and is in sitting posture.
Chandra Prabha Temple:- Built during Rajasimha Pallava's reign in 8th century AD. Tirthankara 'Chandraprabha' is the main deity in this temple. There is a (Tharmakura) tree here, which is about 2000 years old.
In and Around:- Pillayarpalayam

Season:- Throughout the year

SHRI CHITRAGUPTA SWAMY TEMPLE:- Here Shri Chitragupta Swamy is accompanied by Shri Karnagi Ammal in seated position.

Distance from City: 0.3 Kms

Highlight:- This is the first temple in TamilNadu dedicated for Lord Chitragupta followed by Chitra Putrar Temple in Theni District.

Note:- Chitra Poornima Pooja on the Full Moon day in the tamil month Chithirai (April-May) on the Chitra star is very famous here.

Season:- Throughout the year (6 am to 12 pm) (4 pm to 9 pm)

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