temple town, one of the seven sacred centres in India is located 71 kms
from Chennai. It is the district headquarters for Chengalpattu district.
was the capital city of the Pallavas, Cholas and the Vijayanagar rulers.
It had been under the rule of the Pallavas for a long period. They
had all contributed greatly, constructing huge elaborate temple structures,
from the 4th to the 7th centuries.
It is said
that there were around 1000 temples in this city. However today,
there are around a few hundred temples. The Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam
(one of the aachaarya peetam of Aadi Shankara) is located here. This
city boasts of both Siva & Vishnu temple of grandeur & hence there
are two divisions - Siva Kanchi or Peria Kancheepuram & Vishnu Kanchi
or Chinna Kancheepuram. The Kamkashi Amman temple in between is a
place of Sakthi worship.
is famous also for its exquisite silk sarees, handcrafted by the local
weavers. Sri Sankaracharya, Appar, Siruthonder, Buddhist Bhikku,
Bodhidharma and other learned scholars lived in this region.
One of the oldest
shrines (around 2,000 years old) in Kancheepuram, this structure was built
by Rajasimha Pallava(685 A.D.-705 A.D.) & was completed by his son
Mahendra Varma Pallava.
Temple - Siva temple