Kanchipuram the golden city of a thousand temples is one of the seven most sacred cities of India.Kanchi is also called as the Varanasi of the South and is held in great reverence. Kanchi is also famous for its finest hand woven silk fabrics and saris with delicate zari work. It was the capital city of the Pal lava dynasty. This city is famous for its numerous temples such as Kailasanthat temple, Ekambareshwararn temple and Kamakshiamman temple. This is also the seat of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetadipathi of the Advaita tradition.Kanchipuram is considered to be as India’s seven sacred cities and the second holiest after Varanasi.
LOCATION : Kanchipuram is situated towards south of Tamil Nadu at a distance of 70 km from Chennai extending from latitude 12° 50′ in the north to longitude 79° 45′ in the east.
HISTORY : Kanchipuram has been the capital city between 6th to 8th century AD during the reign of the notable dynasties like Pallavas, Cholas, and the Vijayanagar.Kanchipuram was also taken over by the Chalukyas, and the Rashtrakutas for a short period from the Pallavas.Most of the temples in and around Kanchipuram was built by the Pallavas and later Cholas. History also states that Buddhism prevailed in Kanchipuram for a brief period which is evident from the Buddhist stupas present here. One of the four seats of Sri Adi Shankaracharya the Kanchi Kamakotti Peetham is situated here. For centuries Kanchipuram was a great center for Tamil learning and culture.Kanchipuram presents the glorious Dravidian heritage of the Vaishnavites and Shaivites where the former were the worshippers of Vishnu and the later were the worshippers of Shiva.