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Kanchipuram Kamakshi Amman TempleKanchipuram, one of the seven revered cities in India, located 70 kms from Chennai in the South Indian state Tamil Nadu. The architectural magnificence of the city is reflected in the brilliantly built temples that stand as a demonstration to the bygone glorious Dravidian heritage. In the 6th and 7th centuries, during the control of Pallavas, some of the best temples of India were built in the city. Kanchipuram is better known as golden city of thousand temples. Every year millions of pilgrims visit to this religious arena to make their soul purified. Kanchipuram is the sacred pilgrim center owns 108 temples devoted to Siva and 18 to Vishnu with scores of other temples, mosques and churches and Adi Shankara Mutt.

Prime Pilgrimage Attractions of Kanchipuram

The Kailasanathar Temple: The Kailasanathar Temple is popular for its gorgeous section depicting Shiva and Parvati engaged in one of their dance form. The temple is built by Rajasimha of the Pallava dynasty in the first quarter of the eighth century. Its splendid architecture resembles with the Shore Temple at Mamallapuram.

The Vaikunta Perumal Temple: The Vaikunta Perumal Temple is the example of splendid architectural magnificence. At the 7th century AD, this important Vishnu Temple was built by the Pallava King Nadivarman Pallavamalla. Numerous inscriptions of temple associating to the wars between the Pallavas and the Chalukyas are the ultimate attraction for the pilgrims.

Kanchipuram TempleThe Varadaraja Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, a thousand- pillar hall built by Vijayanagar kings. The temple of Devarajaswamy is lying on an elephant-shaped rock called Hastagiri

The Kamakshi Amman Temple: It is an imposing gigantic structure devoted to Parvati in her incarnation as Kamakshi, the goddess of Love. This is one of the three holy places of Shakti devotion in India; other two exist on Madurai and Varanasi. The temple was built by the Cholas during the 14th century AD.

Sri Ulagalandar Temple: This temple is one of the 108 Divya Desam's of Lord Vishnu, structured in Chola Period. The presiding deity is 35 feet high and 24 feet wide posturing with one foot on earth and the other on the sky. It’s the example of Trivikrama form.

Sri Kacchapaeswarar Temple: Sri Kacchapaeswarar Temple is a vital pilgrimage place for it significance. In this temple, Siva appears as being respected by Vishnu in the form of turtle (kurmemerali). And this fulfils the significance of the name 'Kacchapa Eswarar Temple'.

Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal Temple: Vijayaraghava Perumal is one of the 108 Divyadesams where Lord Rama is believed to have performed the interment rites for Jatayu. Jatayu is supposed to fight valiantly against Ravana to rescue Sita.

Jain Temples at Tirupparuthikkundram: Kanchipuram is a place also rich with the
significance of Jainism. The temples of the Jain Tirthankaras were constructed in the ninth century, contains several fresco paintings and a grand image of Bhagwan Mahaveer.

Sri Subramaniya Swami Temple: The Hindu Pilgrims makes it mandatory to visit the temple of Sri Subramaniya Swami, a structure made in 1915. It is also called the "Soma Skandha" Posture, and placed in a very significant location of Kanchipuram.

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