Kancheepuram, one of the most sacred and religious Hindu pilgrim centers in India is also called the ‘Land of the Thousand Temples’. This ancient city was once the capital of some of the mightiest empires that rules South India. There was the Pallava Dysansty that rules the place and built some of the most amazing temples during their reign. Later, Kancheepuram also became the capital of the Chola and the Vijaynagar Empire. The magnetism that draws in tourists and pilgrims from all over to this city of perpetual veneration are the sacred temples situated here. Kancheepuram, which literally means the city of gold, is also called the Kashi or Varanasi of South India. Kancheepuram has also been a major seat of Tamil learning and a centre of religious and cultural growth for centuries.
Temples in Kancheepuram
There was a time when there were about a thousand temples in Kancheepuram itself and about ten thousand Shiva Lingas throughout the city. Now, after centuries of abrasion , there are much lesser temples that stand. These temples in Kancheepuram are amazing specimens of ancient Hindu architecture.
To know in details about the different temples of Kancheepuram, please go through the links below.
Kailasanathar Temple- This is not only the oldest temples in kanchee, but of the whole of South India. Built by King Rai Singh in about 700 A.D, this temple in Kancheepuram is mainly devoted to Lord Shiva.
Kamakshi Amman Temple- Built by the Cholas in 14 AD, the Kamamkshi Amman Temple is the center of all kinds of relogious activities in kancheepuram.
Devarajaswami Temple- The Devarajaswami Temple was built by the Vijaynagar kings, devoted to Lord Vishnu.
Ulahalanda Perumal Temple- The Ulahalanda temple is one of the most ancient temples in Kancheepuram, located near the Kamakshi Amman Temple.
Ekambareswarar Temple (Ekambaranathar Temple)- This temple in Kancheepuram is one of the Panchabootha Sthal, where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of ‘prithvi’ lingam.
Chitragupta Temple- The Chitragupta Temple in Kancheepuram is one among the few rare temples that are dedicated to Lord Chitragupta.