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Temples in kanchipuram are torchbearers of the glorious heritage of the Kanchipuram District and are repositories of the magnificient art forms that evolved over several centuries.

Sri Ekambareswara Temple
Ekambareswara Temple

The most famous Siva temple at Kanchi is the Ekambareswara temple. The dimensions of this temple are reflected in its 20 - acre spread and its tall south gopuram which soars to a height of 58.5m. read more

Sri Kailasanathar Temple
Kailasanathar Temple

Kailasnathar Temple is built by the Pallava Dynasty during the first quarter of the eighth century. The temple is built of red sandstone and has innumerable carvings of Pallva art, of which the Urdhva Thandava dance of Siva and the laughing face of Parvathi are worth seeing. The architechture of this temple resembles the shore temple at Mamallapuram read more

Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple
Varadaraja Perumal

The centre of attraction in Vishnu Kanchi is the temple of varadarajaswamy situated on the top of Hastigiri or Elephant Hill.The Vijayanagar kings constructed this temple. The whole temple covers an area of about 23 acres. The sculptural beauty of the pillars is amazing. Ornamental rings carved out of single stone at the Four Corners of the mandapam in the form of a chain are a delightful spectacle.

Sri Kamakshiamman Temple
Kamakshiamman Temple

Kanchi is sacred as one of the three Sakti peethas of India. Kamakshi is said to be the Supergoddess, Parasakti, having Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati as her eyes. She blesses all that dedicate themselves to her. The sanctum sanctorum faces southeast in the centre of Gayatri Mandapam. The tradition says that there was a delightful grove of Champaka trees around the main temple now known as Gayatri Mandaparn.read more

Sri Ulagalandar Temple
Ulagalandar Temple

This vaishnava Temple was bulit in chola period .The main deity of this temple is 35 feet high and 24 feet wide posing with one foot on earth and the other on the sky. This form is called Trivikrama.This temple is one of the 108 Divya Desam's of Lord Vishnu. read more

Sri Vaikunda Perumal Temple
Vaikunda Perumal

This temple is built by The Pallava ruler, Nandivarman in the seventh century AD.Sri Vaikunda Perumal temple is famous for its architecture. The Lord is in the sitting posture. The Goddess is known as Sri Vaikunthavalli Tayar. It has great sculptures and inscription which speak of its history and the history of the city itself. Its inner walls are decorated with lion shaped pillars. read more

Sri Kacchapaeswarar Temple
Kacchapaeswarar Temple

Kacchapa Eswarar temple was built by pallava Dynasty. In this temple, siva appears as being worshipped by vishnu in the form of turtle (kurmemerali). "Kacchapam" is a Sanskrit word for "Turtle" hence the name "Kacchapa Eswarar Temple". read more

Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal Temple
Vijayaraghava Perumal

This temple of Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal is one of the 108 Divyadesams where Lord Rama is said to have performed the funeral rites for Jatayu, the giant bird which valiantly fought to prevent Ravana from abducting Sita, the wife of Lord Rama to Lanka.The main deities are Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal and Maragathavalli. Ramanuja had his initial lessons from Yadavprakasa here. Vedanta desika has sung a hymn Paramartha Sthuthi" in Praise of the Lord. Alwars have rendered hymns on this Kshetra. In ancient days a carpenter made a horse Vahanam for the Lord here in three parts, when assembled it became a single one. Even today to honor the members of this profession the Lord during His annual festival (URTCHAVAM) visits the street where they reside. Tirupputkuzhi is located about 1 km from Balchetty Chatram in the Kanchipuram - Bangalore Highway (NH-4).

Jain Temples at Tirupparuthikkundram
Jain Temple

Kanchipuram is an important landmark in the history of the Jains. Many of the Pallava kings belonged to Jainism.The temples of the Jaina Tirthankaras were built in the Ninth Century A.D. The temples contain several fresco paintings and a grand image of Bhagwan Mahaveer. read more

Sri Subramaniya Swami Temple
Subramaniya Swami Temple

Subramaniya swami temple was built around 1915. For Hindus on a pilgrimage trip, this temple is a mandatory place to visit. It gains its significance due to its location. The way this temple is located in the city is a rare phenomenon mentioned in Hindu scriptures. It is called the "Soma Skandha" Posture. read more