Kanchipuram – A City of Temples
Located in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Kanchipuram is known as the city of temples and happens to be a very popular Hindu pilgrim place. During the reign of the Pallavas, Kanchipuram served as the capital city of the Pallava Kingdom.
In Hindu culture, it is commonly referred to as the “city of thousand temples.” The city also has various other names which come from ancient references, such as Conjeevaram and Kanchaimpathi.
As of today, Kanchipuram serves as the official headquarters of the entire Kanchipuram district.
Since it is already referred to as the city of thousand temples, it is but obvious that it houses a plethora of Hindu temples where pilgrims visit and pay their tributes to the different kinds of deities that these temples have been devoted to.
Coming to the most popular ones from the lot, there are a list of Vishnu and Shiva temples, such as the Varadharaja Perumal Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, where thousands of Vaishnavites—followers of Vishnu visit to offer their prayers every day; and likewise the Ekambaranatha Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, also regarded as the earth abode of Shiva, where thousands of Shaivaites—followed of Shiva, come to pay their respect towards the lord.
The list of other prominent temples in this temple town includes Kailasanathar Temple, Kachi Metrali—Karchapeswarar Temple, Karaithirunathar Temple, Muktheeswarar Temple, Kachi Anekatangapadam,
Kuranganilmuttam, Thirumagaraleeswarar Temple, Tiruvothur, Panankattur, Kamakshi Amman Temple, Vazhakarutheeswarar Temple, Chitragupta Temple, etc.
While most of these temples are classified under Shiva Temples, the Kamakshi Amman Temple is a Shakti Temple. On the other hand, the list of temples in the city also includes a popular Jain temple called the Thiruparruthikundram Temple.
The list of Vishnu temples other than the popular Varadharaja Perumal Temple includes Sri Yathothkari Temple, Sri Adhikesava Perumal Temple, Sri Deepa Prakasa Perumal Temple, Sri Azhagiya Singar Temple, and many others.
Other than these, the place also has a variety of other temples dedicated to other popular Hindu deities such as Lord Rama, Goddess Durga, as well as Lord Ganesha.