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Kanchipuram Temple Town near Chennai
Posted Date: 29-Feb-2012
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Kanchipuram is popularly known as Temple town all over the world. There are nearly 150 known ancient temples in Kanchipuram which gives this name to this place. This article will provide details about this holy place.
Why is Kanchipuram called as Temple Town?
As we all know Kanchipuram is called as temple town as the city is fully filled with temples. There are nearly more than 150 ancient temples each with perfect significance. Kanchipuram was the headquarters for the Pallava kings and this helped the kingdom to construct and maintain the temples. Even today we can see several temples in Kanchipuram with the same beauty and significance. The street opposite to temple called as Agraharam can be seen even now in Kanchipuram. Apart from the temple significance there are also various other legends who lived in kanchipuram. This is the reason why Kanchi is still known as a very famous place all over the world. The temples in Kanchi are dedicated to Lord Shiva and also to Lord Vishnu. Some of the temples in Kanchi withstand the strong evidence of the happenings in the Hindu history. Some of the temples are also described by the Alwars and Nayanmars in their songs on god.
This can be said as the strong reason on why Kanchi is popularly called as Temple town. Constructing a temple in a place itself is a very big task and we can see the whole city filled with many ancient temples which is indeed a great gift for the people of Kanchi. It is also said that living in Kanchi is a great gift for the people.
History of Kanchi Temple
Kanchipuram temples were built by the great pallava king. There are also some temples in Kanchi that are built by various other kings. The main specialty of Kanchi Temple is that many great scholars and legends have visited this place in the history and have explained the greatness of the gods in these temples. These temples were also greatly spoken by legends such as Kanchi Periyava, Azhvars, Nayanmars etc. The pallava kings were very fond of temples and had great devotion to god. They had taken pains in building most of the temples in Kanchi city. In their ruling period Kanchi was their important headquarters and had a strong foundation in Kanchipuram. Most of the trading to all over the world were done from Kanchipuram through Mahabalipuram which was an international port for Pallava Kings. Traders from all over the world had a communication through the Mamallapuram Port. The Pallava kings were highly fond of temples and this is the reason why they built various temples all over the Pallava Kingdom. Each temple in Kanchi was built for a reason. Find List of Kanchipuram temples in the following link.
List of temples in Kanchipuram
Kanchipuram was a place where the culture and tradition of our country was exhibited in a great manner. Temples were the best way to exhibit the culture and customs of Hindu religion. Various legends from various parts of the world have visited the temples in Kanchi and have got their Moksha. Every temple is unique in their construction and also has a very good religious significance.
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