RAJASTHAN TOURISM Places
Ancient Kanchipuram, the city of thousand temples, is one of the seven
most sacred pilgrim centres for the Hindus. There now
remain about 126
temples in Kanchi and a few more in its outskirts. The city was the capital
of the Early Cholas as far back as the 2nd century BC and a Pallava capital
between the 6th and 8th centuries.
Given its illustrious past, it is not surprising that Kanchi was a major
seat of Tamil learning as well as an important place of pilgrimage for
Buddhists, Jains and Hindus. Today, apart from its temples, this small
town is also known for its thriving handloom industry. The silk weavers
of Kanchi settled more than 400 years ago and have given it an enviable
reputation as the producer of the best silk sarees in the country. Woven
from pure mulberry silk, the sarees in dazzling colours are embellished
with fine gold thread (zari) and are available in every imaginable design
and variety, which can make the job of selection quite challenging.
Temple festivals are held throughout the year and apart from the temple
car (ratha) festivals which are held in January, April and May, there
are other days when the idols in the temples are taken out in procession
on their respective vahanas or vehicles.
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