Had been to Kancheepuram with a dear friend and visited the Varadarajaswamy temple, the Ekambareshwarar temple, the Kanchi Kamakshi temple.
Of course certainly visited the enchanting Kailasanatha as well as the Vaikuntanatha temples.
Since we had a window of about 12 hours for a travel distance of about 170 kms plus visit to the five temples these are pictures taken "On the Go"
A few lines about Kancheepuram:
Kancheepuram is a small town in the State of Tamil Nadu and situate about 80 kms South West of the city of Chennai. Historically Kancheepuram was the Capital of the Pallavas somewhere during 4th and 9th century AD. The Shankaracharya Math well known as the "Kanchi Matham" is located here believed to have been founded by the Hindu Saint and philosopher - Adi Shankaracharya.
While there are more than 100 plus temples in and around Kancheepuram the following are the more notables ones:
Ekambareshwarar temple, Varadarajaswamy Perumal temple, Kanchi Kamakshi temple, Kachapeshwarar temple, Kailasanatha temple and the Vaikuntanatha temples.
Kancheepuram is also one of the 7 holy cities that a devout Hindu visits for the final attainment. This place is important both for the followers of "Shiva" and "Vishnu". The followers of Shiva recognize 5 important locations of worship where the temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva that represent the manifestation of the 5 prime elements of Nature. These 5 temples are the holiest of the Shiva temples for the Hindus.
Air or Vayu: The temple at Sri Kalahasti,
Earth or Bhoomi : The Ekambareshwarar temple,
Fire or Agni: The temple at Tiruvanamalai,
Sky or Ether: The Nataraja temple at Chidambaram,
Water: Jambukeshwara temple at Thiruvanaikaval.
In so far as the followers of "Vishnu" are concerned it is to be noted that Kancheepuram has 14 out of the 108 locations of the "Divyadeshams" with the important location being the Varadarajaswamy Perumal temple.