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Kanchipuram MapThe temple town of Kanchipuram in the state of Tamil Nadu is of seven sacred cities in India. Of the original 1000 temples, a staggering 200 are left. By the 3rd century AD, Kanchipuram was reputedly a sophisticated city with diverse cultures, arts, languages & social infrastructure, making it of the oldest cities in south India. Today, Kanchipuram is not only an important temple city & pilgrimage site but also an important centre of commerce & famed for its stunning hand-woven silk.

The weavers of Kanchipuram have been famous since ancient times and have maintained a reputation for producing a quantity of the best silk woven saris in India, if not the world. Kanchipuram’s numerous silk merchants can be present in the narrow lanes around Gandhi Road. Here you can watch the intricacies of the weaving method, as well as buy the completed product.

Dedicated to Shiva, Kailasanatha Temple is the oldest temple in Kanchipuram & for some, the most stunning. It was built in the 7th century by the Pallava king, Rayasimha. Fragments of 8th century murals are a visible reminder of how fabulous the original temple must have looked. Non-Hindus are allowed in the inner sanctum.
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