Kanchipuram

  • Kanchipuram, the "City of Gold" is one of the seven holy cities in India. From a distance, you will make out the numerous gopurams, signs of the abundance of Hindu temples. On the fringes of the city, Kailashanatha temple built at the end of the 7th century is in shipshape, a masterpiece of Dravidian architecture. Moreover, non-Hindues can enter the holy of holies unlike in other temple. In the north-east ...
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Amy Adejokun
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Kanchipuram, the "City of Gold" is one of the seven holy cities in India. From a distance, you will make out the numerous gopurams, signs of the abundance of Hindu temples. On the fringes of the city, Kailashanatha temple built at the end of the 7th century is in shipshape, a masterpiece of Dravidian architecture. Moreover, non-Hindues can enter the holy of holies unlike in other temple. In the north-east the 193 feet high gopural and its wall indicate the Ekambareshvara temple on the main Salai Road. Inside, you will lose your way in its hall of a "thousand pillars". Descend once more to the sout-east of the city to visit the temple of Vaikuntha Perumal with its gallery of lion-decorated pillars. After Thirukatchini Nambi Koli Rd, you will notice the pavilion with 96 sculpted pillars (mandapa) of the Varadaraja Swami temple. Take time off to visit one the renowned workshops of the city to view weavers and silk goods.

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