- TAMIL NADU
the Golden City of a thousand temples, and one of the seven
sacred cities of India, is 71 km from Madras. It was, successively,
the capital of the Pallavas, the Cholas and the Rayas of Vijayanagar.
During the 6th and 7th centuries, some of the best temples
in the city were built by the Pallavas. The city was also
a great seat of learning. Sri Sankaracharya, Appar, Siruthonder
and the great Budddhist Bhikku lived, and worked here. Today,
it is known not only for its temples, but also for its handwoven
What to See
Sakkiswarar Temple: Built by the Cholas, this temple
is located near the Kamakshi Amman Temple.
Vaikuntha Perumal Temple: An
important Vishnu temple built by the Pallava King Nandivarman
Pallavamalla, in the 7th century AD. Numerous inscriptions
are found in the temple, relating to the wars between the
Pallavas and the Chalukyas.
Kailasanatha Temple: Built by Rajasimha and his son
Mahendra the 3rd, in the 8th centuryAD.
Ekambareswarar Temple: Another
ancient temple, renovated by the Pallavas, the Cholas and
the Vijayanagar kings. The 57 metre high Rajagopuram, is one
of the tallest towers in South India.
Devarajaswamy Temple: Also known
as Varadarajar temple, it is a massive and impressive edifice.
The shrine of Devarajaswamy is located on an elephant-shaped
rock called Hastagiri.
Kamakshi Amman Temple: This is
one of the three holy places of Shakti worship in India. The
other two are in Madurai and Varanasi. The temple in its present
form was built by the Cholas, during the 14th century AD.
The festivals that are celebrated with great pomp and show,
are the Brahmothsavam, Garudothsavam and the Chariot festival.
How to get there
Connected by road to Madras (71km). Connected by rail to Madras.
The nearest airport is Madras.