Kanchipuram is a famous temple city of Tamil Nadu. It is located on the bank of Palar River and also known as "Golden City of Thousand Temples". This city has a huge religious importance for Hindus and it is considered as one of the seven holiest cities in India. It is believed that in these seven cities, including Kanchipuram Temples, you can get Moksha. Moksha, according to Hindu mythology means attaining salvation from the life cycles forever, or the final release of soul from the cycles of life and death.
The name of the city Kanchipuram is derived from the words "Ka", "Anchi" and "Puram" which means "Brahma", "Worship" and "Place" respectively. So Kanchipuram means the place where Lord Brahma worshipped. It is named so because according to Hindu mythology, Lord Brahma worshipped Lord Vishnu at this place.
Among the thousands of the temples of this city, a few important and most visited ones are mentioned below -
Kamakshi Amman temple - This temple is dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi Amman which is one of the forms of Parvati. This temple which was built in 14th century by Pallavas is one of the famous Triad Temples. In this temple Shankracharya had also worshipped. Instead of traditional standing position, you will find Kamakshi Amman enshrined in this temple in Padmasana position. This temple is not only important for its religious value but it is important for its architectural value as well. The temple tower attracts the tourists from all over the world and leaves them enchanted with its beauty.
Ekambareswarar Temple - It is again one of the most sought after religious destinations in Kanchipuram Temples which is in existence since 600 AD. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of five Panchbhoot Sthalams which represent different classic elements. Ekambareswarar Temple represents the element Earth. This temple is also one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams.
Kailasanathar Temple - It is one of the oldest temples in the city which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temples in kanchipuram was built in 8th century by Pallava rulers and is a fine example of Dravidian architectural style. This is a complete sand stone temple and beautiful sculptures in its inner court are the main attraction of the temple.
How to reach-
By Air - The nearest airport to Kanchipuram Temples is in Chennai which is an international airport and is situated at a distance of 70 Km. The nearest domestic airport is located at a distance of 105 km, which is Tirupati Airport.
By Train - The rail line of Kanchipuram is well connected to all the major railway stations in India including, Chennai, Madurai and Pondicherry.
By Road - You can easily get buses for Kanchipuram. Both public and private buses run for this city on regular basis.
Best time to visit - Though you can visit this city any time throughout the year, still the best time to visit temples in kanchipuram is from the month of October to March.