Friday, March 09, 2007

Schools in Kanchipuram

1. Mamallan Matriculation Higher Secondary School
2 Anderson Higher Secondary School
3. Pachaiyappas Higher Secondary School
4. SSKV Girls Higher Secondary School
5. SSKV Matriculation and Higher Secondary School
6. Infant Jesus Matriculation Higher Secondary School

Engineering Colleges in Kanchipuram

Arulmigu Meenakshi Ammal College of Engineering. (AMACE)
SRR Engineering College
Pallavan College of Engineering.
Thirumalai Engineering college.
Lord Venkateswara Engineering college.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

History: Famous travellers to Kanchi

Yuan Chwang, the great Chinese traveler, visited the city in the 7th century and said that this city was 6 miles in circumference and that its people were famous for bravery and piety as well as for their love of justice and veneration for learning. He further recorded that Buddha had visited the place

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Ekambaranathar Temple

Unlike Manhattan, the skyline of Kanchipuram is not cluttered with towering steel & glass structures. Instead its the tall "Gopurams" (towers over the temple gateways) of various temples in the town that greet you, from a distance of over 3 miles, as you take the exit towards Kanchi on the Chennai-Bangalore highway.

It's one of the most revered temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, and it signifies one of the five elements, viz earth, of the Universe. This temple built, in 1509 AD, is spread over 40 acres of land and has a 172 feet tall main Gopuram as its most prized possession

If you are tired of seeing the nearly bland facade of American skyscrappers, then these Gopurams certainly provide a different sight. The sculptures dotting the entire surface of these Gopurams tell a myriad Hindu mythological stories. Frankly, I have been more appreciative of the sculptures than the stories behind them.

"Aayiram Kaal Mandapam" or the hallway with a thousand pillars, is another attraction in the temple. And then there's this corridor with an array of 1008 Siva Lingams. Ekambaranathar temple also has the "sthala-virutcham", the famed 3500 year old ( according to Hindu mythology) mango tree whose branches give four different types of mangoes. Apparently, this tree and the silk-saree handlooms were Queen Elizabeth's favorites during her visit to Kanchi in 1997.

The Massive Nandhi (the bull)......

Bronze statue of Lord Shiva....I have always wanted to have one such statue at home!! It's on my buy-list.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Kanchipuram : City of 1000 temples

Kanchipuram has always had a special place in my heart. Reason - It's here I set my foot on earth. Being my birth place is certainly of no significance to anyone.

Two things that make it a tourist hub are;
1) Massive and spectacular temples that capture the essence of architecture of Dravidian dynasties. Kanchipuram, the capital of Pallava kingdom, had at its zenith around 1000 tepmples, of which only 200 remain now. And I might have seen just around 20 of them....famous ones you could say.

here's Ekambaranadhar temple....the biggest of all in Kanchipuram.

2) Silk sarees.

Inspite of being my birthplace I didn't get much chance to learn about the place and its history. I am planning to capture onto this blog what I learn "slowly" about Kanchipuram.

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