Kanchipuram – Temple town near Chennai

This article gives us details about the ancient Kanchipuram, the temple town near chennai.It explains the history of kanchipuram, the temples in kanchipuram ,about the rulers who ruled in kanchipuram, and about its famous silk sarees.

Kanchipuram – Temple town near Chennai

Kanchipuram, Kanchi, Kancheepuram is a temple city which is situated near Chennai district. In ancient times it was called as kanchi and Kanchiampathi
The kanchi is situated over the banks of Palar River, and it is known for its temples and especially for its silk Still there are around 126 temples in kanchi and few more remain in its outskirts. This city was considered to be the capital of chollas and pallavas during their ruling periods.Kanchipuram is also called as city of 1000 temples.

Kanchipuram Silk Sarees

Today apart from its famous temples, Kanchipuram also known for its Silk Sarees and for its hand loom industries. It is known as the Silk Citysince the profession of the people who are living there are weaving of silks . The silk is also known for its fineness and finishing.
silk sarees

List of Vaishnava temples

• Varadharaja Perumal Temple
• Ashtabujakaram - Sri Adhikesava Perumal Temple
• Tiruvekkaa - Sri Yathothkari Temple
• Tiruththanka - Sri Deepa prakasa Perumal Temple
• Tiruvelukkai - Sri Azhagiya Singar Temple
• Neervalur - Sri Veetrirunda Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Temple
• Tirukalvanoor - Sri Adi Varaha Swami Temple
• Tiruoorakam - Sri Ulagalantha Swami Temple
• Tiruneeragam - Sri Jagadeeshwarar Temple
• Tirukaaragam - Sri Karunagara Perumal Temple
• Tirukaarvaanam - Sri Tirukaarvarnar Temple
• Tiruparamechura Vinnagaram - Sri Vaikunda Perumal Temple
• Tirupavalavannam - Sri Pavala Vanar Temple
• Tirupaadagam - Sri Pandava Thoodar Temple
• Tirunilaaththingalthundam - Sri Nilathingal Thundathan Perumal Temple
• Tirupputkuzhi - Sri Vijaya Raghava Perumal Temple
• Parithiyur-Kalyana Varadharaja Perumal Temple
• Sri Aadhi Kesava Perumal - Kooran [about 8 to 9 km from Kanchipuram
• Vamanar temple ( very near to Kamakshi Temple)

List of Shiva temples

• Kailasnatha Temple
• Ekambareswarar Temple
• Kamakshi Amman Temple
• Dhrmalingeswarar Temple (Kayaar Kulam)
• Thiru Kayaroganeeswarar Temple
• Kumarakottam
• Kachi Metrali
• Onakanthan Tali
• Kachi Anekatangapadam
• Kachi Nerikkaaraikkadu
• Kuranganilmuttam
• Tiru Maakaral
• Tiruvothur
• Panankattur
• Sangupani Vinayakar Temple
• Vazhakarutheeswarar Temple
• Thirumetrali Temple
• Satyanadeeswara Temple
• Adhi Kamakshi Temple
• Kanaka Durga Temple, Koneri Kuppam
• Thiruparruthikundram - Jaina Temple
• Chitragupta Temple (near bus stand)

Temples in Kanchipuram

The temples in kanchipuram tell us about the glorious heritage of the kanchipuram district and are antique to be maintained which were built several centuries ago by the rulers.

Sri Ekambareswara Temple

Sri Ekambareswara Temple is one of the most famous shiva temple in kanchipuram. The temple is built upon a area of 20 acres and the gopura of the temple is about 58.5m high. It is one of the five major shiva temples pancha Bootha Sthalamswhich is representing the element earth. The other four major temples are Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeswara (water), Chidambaram Natarajar (ether), Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleswara (fire) and Kalahasti Nathar (wind).

Ekambareshwarar Temple Details
Primary deity – Ekambarewarar(shiva)
Architectural Styles - Dravidian Styles
Creator – Pallava, Cholla Kings
kailasanathar temple

Sri Kailasanathar Temple

Kailasanathar temple was built by the great ruler Rajasimha of pallava dynasity. It is considered to be the most beautiful temple in the entire city which is built on LimestoneThe walls are filled with great carvings of pallva art, which are Urdhva Thandava danceof shiva and pose of parvathi laughing which is a great sight to see.

Sri Kailasanadhar Temple Details
Primary deity –Kailasanathar
Architectural Styles - Pallava, kovil
Creator – Pallava, kings
Sri Kailasanathar Temple

Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple

Varadharaja Perumal Templeis one of the famous hindu temple in kanchipuram whish is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is considered to be one of the Divya Desams .Which is situated in the top of Hastigiri or Elephant Hill . The temple is built across an area of 23 acres.

Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple Details
Primary deity God - Varadharaja Perumal (Vishnu)
Primary deity Godess - Perundevi Thayaar(lakshmi)
Utsava deity God - PerArullalan, Devaperumal
Pushakarani - Vegavadhi Nadhi, Anantha Saras, Sesha, Varaga, Padma, Agni, Kusala, Bhiramma Theertham
Vimanam - Punyakoti Vimanam
Poets - Thirumangai Alvar - 4 Paasurams, Bhoothathalvar- 2 Paasurams and Peyalvar - 1 Paasuram
Prathyaksham - Ramanuja's VishishtadvaitaVadakala

vaikunda perumal temple

Sri Kamakshiamman Temple

Kamakshiamman Temple is one of the famous hindu temple in kanchipuram. This temple is dedicated to Kamakshi , one of the form of goddessm Parvathi. And this temple is associated with the hindu guru Sankaracharaya . The main deity is seaten in a Padmasana , a yogic posture. Kamakshi is also known as Parasakti where she is saraswathi , lakshmib and parvati as her eyes. Ther were lots of champaka Trees around the temple and now known as Gayatri Mandapam.

Sri Kamakshiamman Temple Details
Primary deity – Kamakshi(Parvati)
Architectural styles - -Dravidian architecture
Creator – Pallava kings

Sri Ulaganadar Temple

Ulaganadar temple is a small temple which is located near kamakshi amman temple .The main deity of this temple is 35 feet and 24 feet wide posing with one leg in earth ans other in the sky and this pose is called as Trivikrama. This temple is one of the 108 divya desam's of lord Vishnu. The subshrines of this temple are Tiruneerakam, Tirukarakam, and Kaarvaanam are also the divya desam's. There are 5 temples located in the temple of Sri Ulaganadar, whish are as follows

ulaganadar temple

Sri Vaikunda Perumal Temple

Vaikunda Perumal Temple is known for its art and architecture. The goddess of this temple is Sri Vaikundavalli Thayar where she resembles in a sitting pose. This famous temple is built by the great palla ruler Nandivarman .This temple gains a great importance during Vaikunda Ekadasi

Sri Vaikunda Perumal Temple details
Primary deity - Sri Vaikunthavalli Tayar
Architectural styles – Dravidian style
Creator – Pallava kings

Kacchapeshwara Temple

Kacchapeshwara Temple was built during the period of pallava dynasty.
The main importance of this temple is that , in this temple Lord shiva appears being worshipped by Lord Vishnu in the form of turtle.
The deity of this temple is Kachappa Eawarar.

Kacchapeshwarar Temple details
Primary deity - Kachappa Eawarar(Shiva)
Creator – Pallava kings

Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal Temple

Vijayaraghava Perumal Temple is one of the 108 Divya Desams of lord Vishnu. Here in this temple lord rams is said to have performed the final funeral rites for the brave valliant bird , Jatayu which bravely fought aginst ravana to prevent seetha from him , where seetha is getting abducted from India to lanka. The main deity of this temple is Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal and maragathavalli

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Guest Author: Bharath10 Jul 2011

Hi Sasi,

This is really a very nice article from you about the kanchipuram temple town near chennai. Keep on contributing article like this.

Guest Author: Sasi Kumar11 Jul 2011

thanks a lot.. . . . .

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