Welcome to the city of thousand temples. Kanchipuram
district is situated on the north-eastern coast of Tamil
Nadu, adjacent to the Bay of Bengal and Chennai city.
It is bounded in the west by Vellore and Thiruvannamalai
district, in the north by Thiruvallur district and Chennai
district, in the south by Villupuram district, in the
east by Bay of Bengal. It lies between 11° 00' to
12° 00' North latitudes and 77° 28' to 78°
50' East longitudes. The district has a total geographical
area of 4, 43,210 hectares and coastline of 57 Kms.
Kanchipuram, the temple town is the district headquarters.
For administrative reasons, the district has been divided
into 3 revenue divisions comprising of 8 taluks with
1214 revenue villages. For development reasons, it is
divided into 13 development blocks with 648 Village
||Kanchipuram was the historical capital
of the Pallavas during the 7th - 9th centuries.
Kanchipuram is one of the seven sacred cities of
India. Kanchipuram is famous for hand-woven silk
fabrics and saris. The weavers use the highest quality
silk and pure gold thread. Kanchipuram is also known
as Silk City. Sankaracharya 'Math' is situated at
Ekambareswarar Temple is one of the famous Hindu
temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in Kanchipuram
in the state of Tamilnadu, India.
It is one of the five major Shiva temples (each representing
a natural element), representing the element Earth.
The other four temples in this category are Thiruvanaikaval
Jambukeswara (water), Chidambaram Natarajar (sky), Thiruvannamalai
Arunachaleswara (fire) and Kalahasti Nathar (wind).
Reaching a height of 57 meters, the temple's gopuram
is one of the tallest in South India. One notable feature
of the temple is the Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, or the "hallway
with a thousand pillars". The temple's inner walls
are decorated with an array of 1,008 Siva lingams. The
sthala-virutcham is a 3,500 year old mango tree whose
branches are said to yield four different types of mangoes.
It is also one of the 108 Divya desam for Vaishnavaites.
There is a small Sannidhi for Lord Vishnu named ThiruNilaaththingal
Thundathan. Legend says that once Parvati was doing
Tapas under the Mango Tree. In order to test her devotion
Lord Shiva sent fire on her. Goddess Parvati prayed
to her brother Lord Vishnu. In order to save her,he
took the Moon from Lord Shiva's head and showed the
rays which then cooled down the tree as well as Parvati.
After that, Lord Shiva again sent River Ganga to disrupt
the tapas. Parvati devi prayed to Ganga and convince
her that both of them are sisters and should not harm
her. Ganga did not disturb her penance after that. Then,
Parvati made a Shiva Linga out of sand and got united
with Lord Shiva. Here, Lord Vishnu is prayed as Vamana