Kanchipuram Temple Information
Kanchipuram one of India’s seven sacred cities and the second holiest after Varanasi. It is one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites in India and the seat of the Sri Shankaracharya.
Kanchi is one of the seven Mokshapurissacred cities by living in which or by death there in man gets emancipation from birth and death. it is famous for its ancient temples. The grand architecture of these ancient temples clearly indicates towards the south Indian style of temple architecture. The temples of Kanchipuram were built by different dynasties, each enriching and refining the architecture further.
Kanchipuram was the historical capital of the Pallavas. It was under the Pallavas 6th to 8th century A.D and later became the citadel of Cholas, and Vijayanagar Kings. During the 6th and 7th centuries, the Pallavas built some of the best temples in the city.
Once this city was the seat of all Indian religions viz; Saivam, Vainavam, Janinism, and Buddhism. Many scholars both in Tamil and Sanskrit flourished here and some of them even adorned the Nalanda University (Bihar) of North during the period of King Harshavarthana.
Yuan Chwang, the great Chinese traveler, visited the city in the 7th century and said that this city was 6 miles in circumference and that its people were famous for bravery and piety as well as for their love of justice and veneration for learning .
The city was also a great seat of learning. Sri Sankaracharya, Appar, Siruthonder and the great Budddhist Bhikku lived, and worked here. It has been a center of Tamil lerning, cultural and religious background for centuries.
Moreover, almost all other religious cities in India support one of the two sects in Hinduism-Vaishnavism and Saivism. Kanchipuram has lended itself equally to both the sects, dividing itself into Vishnu Kanchi surrounding the varadaraja Perumal Temple, and Siva Kanchi, surrounding the Ekambaranathar Temple, while the Kamakshi Amman Temple stands in between as a place of Shakthi worship.