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Kanchipuram

Kanchi Kudhil:

This edifice, which uplifts the cultural legacy of Hinduism, was conceived out of a yearning to convert an ancestral asset into a tourist attraction. Kanchi Kudhil, in fact is a house aged 90 years, which offers an insight into the everyday life of a Hindu family thriving on agriculture. The house, elegant with its antique structural design is divided into many rooms, namely, the house owner’s room, room for kids and women, room for worship, open courtyards, balconies and the backyard which contains agricultural accessories. You can also find supplementary features like historical portrayals of the city and its brilliant artifacts, traditional songs in the background an array of exclusive handiworks for sale.

 

Kamakshi Amman Temple:

Erected in the honor of goddess Parvathi, the Kamakshi Amman Temple is supposed to have been constructed by Pallavas prior to 7th century and was later renovated by the Cholas in 14th Century. The temple is situated in the center of the city and is considered to be one among the three consecrated places for the worship of Parvathi or Shakti. This famous temple is also home to a shrine dedicated to Sankaracharya, the man who established the Kamakoti Monastery and is also a greatly revered Hindu saint.

 

Kanchi Kamaski Temple:

The Kanchi Kamaski Temple is considered one among the group of three temples, namely Madurai Meenakshi, Kanchi Kamakshi and Kasi Visalakshi. This temple is exceptionally renowned and is a must see for every tourist visiting Kanchipuram. Its major attractions are the extremely delicate sculptures. The colors on the sculptures are so vibrant that they make the sculptures almost life like. The most brilliant one is the colossal sculpture of Kamakshi herself. The splendor of this particular statuette is bound to hold every beholder spellbound. 

 

Devarajaswami Temple:

Constructed by the Vijaynagar kings in the name of lord Vishnu, the unique features of this temple include the magnificent pillars, a wedding hall commemorating the nuptial rites of Goddess Laxmi and Lord Vishnu, a chain made of a single rock and a water reservoir housing a huge effigy of Lord Vishnu immersed in water. When the reservoir is cleaned at an interval of 40 years, the statue is made visible for 48 days and attracts many devotees.

 

Ekambaranatha Temple:

This is the biggest temple in the city and was constructed by the Pallavas. It houses 1000 lingas of Lord Shiva made from a solitary stone. Other noteworthy features include 1000 halls bearing pillars, a mango tree aged 3500 years. The tree has 4 different appendages symbolizing four Vedas. According to common belief, the fruit on each appendage bears a different taste in spite of growing in one tree. 

 

Kachapeshwarar Temple:   

In this famous temple, it is believed that Lord Shiva has been worshipped by Lord Vishnu in the guise of a Kachap (tortoise). The beautiful sculptures adorning the walls of this temple, depicts this story. What makes this temple unique is that only here one can see one Hindu diety worshipping another diety ( Lord Vishnu worshipping Lord Shiva).

 

Kailasanathar Temple:  

Constructed in 7th century this temple is an excellent instance of Dravidian architecture. There is a 16-sided Shiva lingam made of black granite housed in the temple. The structure and the sculptures of the temple are very impressive.

 

Vaikunda Perumal Temple:  

Built during the 7th century, this temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is yet another beautifuuly carved structure in Kanchipuram.  

 

Varadaraja Temple: 

Built in the 10th century, this temple surrounded by a huge sculptured outer wall is very impressive. There is a huge one thousand pillared hall inside the temple called Kalyanamandapam. The pillars depict Lord Vishnu, the presiding diety in various forms.