This temple was build by Vijayanagara emperor Krishnadeva Raya in 1509 AD
The pic you see main entrance "The Raja Gopuram".The main significance of this temple it has one of heritage Mango tree is there.ItS almost 3500 years old.It gives
four different tastes of Mango four season.
Kanchipuram is located in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This small temple town is one of India's seven sacred cities of Hindus. It is nicknamed "Kanchi" and the Golden City of 1,000 Temples, although there considerably less than 1,000.
The three great dynasties of Kanchi - Pallava, Chola, and Vijayanagar - left behind magnificent temples - each building greater temples than the previous dynasty. The temples are built in Dravidian style architecture - pyramid shaped with a step design. The "steps" are intricately carved stone and the temples are adorned with beautifully carved statues of deities. In India, the remaining temples of this style are almost all located in South India and they are quite spectacular.
There are nine major temples in Kanchi. Some of the temples are devoted to Vishnu but the majority are devoted to Shiva. The Vishnu temples are located in the southeast part of the city, Shiva temples in the north.
Non-Hindus are not allowed in the inner sanctums of the temples but there is much to see in the courtyards around the temples, especially of the major temples.
The temples open early but they close by 12 - 12:30. And they are very serious about closing times!! They re-open at 4:00 for a few hours.
Along with the temples, Kanchi is famous throughout India for beautifully colored silks and saris. Best to know your merchandise or shop at the government-approved shops.
You can make the trip easily as a day trip from Chennai or stay overnight, although choice of accommodations is limited.
Kanchipuram (Kanchi) is famous for its silk and its temples. The silk is gorgeous, and there are temples absolutely everywhere.
It's one of the seven holiest cities in India, and the only one of the seven holiest cities located in southern India. Among devotees of Siva, Kanchi has the further distinction of being "earth" among Siva's representation of the 5-elements - the lingam in the main Ekambaranathar temple complex is made of metal-covered sand. (The others are: Chidamburam [space/ether], Trichy [water], Tiruvannamalai [fire], and Sri Kalahasti [wind], and I'll get to those eventually.)
Kanchi is one of few cities which are centers for worshipping both Siva and Vishnu (if you've read your Indian history, you'll know that worshipping Siva and Vishnu in the space of a small geographic area like a single city is a big deal), and is one of few cities that is also a center for worshipping a goddess (Parvati - Siva's consort - here in her manifestation as Shakti (power/strength), the "goddess who accedes to all requests"). This place is different, even by Indian standards of different.
Details of my visits to several of the temples can be found in my Temple Hopping travelog (under construction).
It's a major Indian pilgrimage center, and therefore, since this is India, it is also a major tourist center. Pilgrims go to visit sacred shrines and to be for a while in one of the seven holiest cities in India. Tourists go to take pictures of the shrines and pilgrims in one of the holiest cities in India. That's the theory, anyway. I was the only foreigner I saw all day, including in the only restaurant with a glowing review in all the guidebooks.
Tourists also go to Kanchipuram to buy silk. The industry is well sponsored, supported, and foisted upon them by just about everyone, from the state-sanctioned tourism offices to rick-drivers in cahoots with one manufacturer or another. Most of the cooperatives and showrooms weren't open on the Sunday I was there, although there were a few places with the shutters up.
It's only about 1 1/2 to 2 hours from Chennai over decent enough roads, so it's doable as a day or overnight trip. The bus runs frequently, and there is a train station on the edge of town with some trains daily. (I hired a car, for about US$30 for the whole day.) I saw a few hotels around, although nothing stood out as 5-star. Keep in mind that temples are spread out more than the guidebook maps indicate, and it gets really, really hot by quite early in the day. As a corollary to that, also keep in mind that the guidebook maps are mostly wrong, and be prepared to spend some time lost.
I walked much of the time because I like walking, and because I think the slower you go the better you get a feeling for a place. I think that in the case of Kanchi that would be served by biking as well, and you'd have the advantage of getting out of the sun faster. As scary as the thought of riding a bike on Indian roads is, I'll probably go that route next time.
The side effect of few foreigners in town, mostly getting lost, is that people are extremely friendly, if a little shy. Once they get started, though, you'll draw a crowd. English doesn't seem to be very common, but I got the feeling that people really tried harder to communicate than people in Chennai would have in the same situation. (I suppose that's true of any larger city, though.)
(The elephant in the photo was on its way to one of the temples to be given offerings. It actually gave offerings to the men standing next to it, and to me, by taking some money and whacking us on the head.)
One of the five holy cities of Hinduism -- and the only one outside the north -- Kanchipuram is home to some of the most exquisite Hindu temples in the entire land.
Partly that's because the country's successive Muslim invaders never controlled much of the south -- and the south was therefore spared the wanton destruction of Hindu temples and monuments that the Muslims perpetrated elsewhere.