Industrial visit to One of the largest industrial areas of Tamil Nadu, Kanchipuram will be an interesting experience. Kanchipuram has the pride in being home to vital production bases of international industrial groups like: Ford, Hyundai, Saint Gobain as well as many export houses in and around the Madras Export Processing Zone. Apart from main attraction Kanchipuram sarees kanchipuram houses Nokia , Motorola, Sona Steering, Rane-TRW restraint systems, DAEWHA, Brakes India, AUDCO, National AC, TCS, Cognizant, Infosys, American Megatrends, Wipro Infotech, ORCHID Chemicals, Maruti Marine, White House Dyes, Kanchi Karpooram, Madurantakam Coop Sugar Mills at Padalam & SV Sugars at Palayaseevaram etc.
Kanchipuram, the golden city of a thousand temples, was once the capital of the Pallava dynasty. It is considered one of the seven sacred cities of India; some of the best temples were built here during the reign of the Pallavas between the 6th and 7th centuries. Subsequently, Kanchipuram also served as an important city of the far-flung empires of the Chola and the Vijayanagara dynasties.
Later, these dynasties too contributed greatly in the temple building activity of this town.
The city has also been, through the years, a great seat of learning and culture. Adi Sankaracharya established his episcopal seat (Kamakodipeedam) here. Sri Sankaracharya, Appar, Siruthonder and the great Buddhist Bikshu, Bodhidharma, once lived and worked here. Today, it is known not only for temples but also for its hand-woven, silk fabrics.
Sights to See
Kailasanatha Temple: This temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is one of the oldest in Tamil Nadu. It was built by Pallava king Rajasimha in the early decades of the 8th century. The sand stone structure’s architecture is fine example of the Dravidian period and an improvement on that of the shore temple at Mahabalipuram.
Sri Vaikunta Perumal Temple:Built a few years after the Kailasanatha, this temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, marks the next stage in the development of Dravidian culture. The cloisters inside the outer wall consisting of a colonnade of lion pillars represent the first phase in the evolution of the grand thousand-pillar halls of later years.
Sri Kamakshi temple: Dedicated to the goddess Kamakshi (Parvati), the resident deity of Kanchipuram, this temple has an imposing structure. The temple’s annual festival, which falls on the 9th lunar day in February-March, draws large crowds. Photography is not allowed inside the temple. Tel: 044 27222609
Ekambareswara Temple: This large Shiva temple, built originally by the Pallavas and later improved upon by the Chola and the Vijayanagara kings, has five Prakarams (enclosures) and a thousand pillared hall. The massive outer walls and the gateway towers (Gopuram) were built by Krishna Deva Raya in 1509 AD. Here, Shiva is worshipped in the form of one of the elements – Earth (Prithvi).The mango tree behind the Sanctum is said to be 3,500 years old and still bears fruit. Tel: 044 27222084.
Devarajaswamy Temple: Also known as Varadarajar temple, this massive and impressive edifice, the shrine of Devarajaswamy, is built on an elephant shaped rock called Hastagiri. There are two lofty eat and west towers. The hundred pillar hall erected during the Vijayanagar period in this temple is noted for its exquisite sculptures. The ornamental rings, carved out of a single stone in a chain at the four corners, is a special feature of the hall.
Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple: This temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, was built by the Vijayanagar kings. Its hundred pillared hall has exquisite sculptures. Among them is a massive chain carved out of a single stone. The precinct contains many other impressive temples.
Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam: Adi Sankaracharya, the great India Vedanta philosopher, established the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam in the last years of his life. It is one of the five seats of learning in India established by him. Tel: 044 27222115.
Kanchipuram is a famous centre of handloom weaving and exquisite silk saris are woven here from pure mulberry silk. The saris, usually designed in contrasting colours, have an enviable reputation for lustre, durability and finish which is second to none in the country. More than 5,000 families are engaged in this industry and their spectacular creations are marketed by a number of co-operative societies located all over the city and the state.
How would you like to travel?
- 71 km from Chennai.
- 64 km from Mahabalipuram
- 130 km from Puducherry
- 73 km from Vellore
- 280 km from Bangalore
- 152 km from Tirupati
Kanchipuram is connected by regular bus services to Chennai, Bangalore, Chingleput, Tirupati, Tiruttani and Vellore, etc
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Thiruparuthi Kundram: This is a suburb of Kanchi on the southern bank of the Vegavathi River. And once was a centre of Jainism. The temples of Jaina Kanchi are unique since they contain a variety of gopurams (towers) encompassing the complete range of the Pallava, Chola and Vijayanagar styles of temple art.
Thirumalaivaiyavur (73 km): There is an ancient Vishnu temple located atop a hillock. At the foot of the hill can be seen some pre-historic burial grounds. It is also known south Tirupathi and lies on the way to Vedanthangal.
Tiruthani: This remarkable temple, dedicated to Lord Subramanya (Muruga), is considered one of the six abodes of Muruga. The temple is located on top of a small hillock. According to legend, Lord Muruga is said to have married his consort Valli here. This place is also the birthplace of Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, a leading philosopher-statesman and former president of India.
Tiruvalangadu (30 km): Close to Arakkonam, the temple at Tiruvalangadu has been sanctified by the legend that Lord Shiva is said to have danced here for the woman saint Karaikkal Ammayar. Hence it is considered one of the five important shrines associated with Lord Nataraja.
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary: This water bird sanctuary attracts nearly 30,000 birds from long distances to nest and breed in the 30-hectare lake here. These birds include cormorants, egrets, open-billed storks, and darters, white ibises, spoonbills and different varieties of herons. Overnight stay is suggested since the birds take off at dawn and return to the nests at dusk. Bird watching is possible from the observation tower.
Season: November to February.