Kanchi Heritage trip with Archeologist

The Pallava dynasty capped its capital for centuries around the town of Kanchi, more popularly known as Kancheepuram. The ancient city with number of temples, serves as a sacred Hindu pilgrimage site in TamilNadu. The city is also famous for its silk sarees, having a row of Silk merchants flanking the sides of Raja Veethi. The city of Kanchipuram has many temples. Hence, the foreign travellers have named it as the ‘Land of Thousand Temples’ in Tamilnadu. Kailasanathar Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, Kumarakottam Temple, Varadaraja Perumal temple, etc. are some of the popular temples in Kanchipuram. Kailasanathar Temple is said to be the oldest temples in this city . The city of Kanchipuram is divided into two parts: Big Kanchi and Little Kanchi. The Big Kanchi is named as Shiva Kanchi, which is the larger of the two sides. Little Kanchi is known as Vishnu Kanchi. Kanchipuram flourished under the rule of Pallava dynasty and Vijayanagara empire. Many temples were built during the rule of these two kingdoms. Hence, many structures also have a blend of Pallava and Vijayanagara style of architecture.

 

Trip highlights are:

  • Mesmerising narration by an young Archaeologist, unheard stories, unseen places. Multi perspective covering History, Archaeology, Mythology.
  • Visiting 7th Century Built monuments & temples – Ekambaranathar temple, Kailasanathar Temple, Varadharaja perumal temple and Kachabeswarar temple.
  • (new spot) Kanchi Heritage Museum – A huge statue of Shiva with Nandi, Rare photographs, Musical Instruments of various types, Animated dolls exhibition depicting Ramayana, Mahabharata, Krishna Leela.
  • Watching silk weaving
  • Tasting popular Kanchipuram Idli with mint chutney

And much more..

Category:

Description

Plan

  • Ekambaranathar Temple : Our trip starts after breakfast with Ekambaranathar Temple – “EK AAM”. Legend has it that Parvati devi did a penance under the temple’s ancient Mango tree near Vegavathi river. In order to test her, Shiva first send fire. Hearing Parvati’s prayers Vishnu helped cool down the tree and Parvathi. Shiva then send Ganga. On Parvati’s request, Ganga did not disturb her penance and Parvati made a Shiva Linga out of sand to get united with Shiva. Thus the God here came to be known as Ekambareswarar or “Lord of Mango Tree”.
  • Jurahareshwarar Temple :

We now take you to another interesting temple “Jurahareshwarar Temple”, located right in the streets of Ekambarapuram, on the promenade linking Ekambaranathar temple from Rajaveethi. Also known as Airavatesvara temple, was built by the Pallavas around 8Th century C.E. It is well known for its architectural marvel and splendid vimana. Do not miss this warm temple, with a peaceful ambience, on the way back from ekambaranathar temple.

  • Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Cultural Exhibition

The Cultural Exhibition is one of its kind and has the great epics Ramayana, Mahabharata, Krishna Leela and Sri Sankaracharya Charitram depicted in the form of animated dolls. Craftsmen from North India were specially engaged to create this marvel, which showcases our epics in an innovative way, attractive to both the young and elders.

  • Varadharaja Perumal Temple:

Sri Devaraja Swamy Temple, popularly known as Sri Varadarajar Temple is situated at the eastern corner of Kancheepuram. Lofty Gopurams and lengthy walls bear testimony to the fame of the temple. The height of East Gopuram is 125 feet; width 99 feet. The height of West Rajagopuram is 96 feet and width 92.5 feet. At the end of the Aswamedha yaga, the brightest and most beautiful Lord Varadarajar  appeared along with his consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi in Punniyakodi vimanam which came out of Yoga Agni (Holy Fire). On Lord Brahma’s request, Devarajaswami remained in the same from at this sacred place permanently and to give darshan to the pleasure of all living beings in the world.

  • Kailasanathar Temple:

The temple was first of its kind of stone architecture as compared to others in Pallava that were stone carved or rock cut. The foundation made of granite withstands the load of the entire massive structure. With over 58 shrines made in niches of the compound wall, the temple stands out as an epitome of construction with sandstone. Pillars of the mandapa have statues of lions standing on their hind legs, symbolizing people not to harm the temple.

Magnificent temple has a good serial vision, that has to be experienced, rather being written.

So come down with us to enjoy this trip and know more about Kancheepuram – the temple town.

Price: Rs.2600

Payment link: https://www.instamojo.com/@keyterns/

Inclusions:

  1. Travel in an AC Van
  2. Morning Coffee / Tea, Kanchipuram Idli with Mint Chutney, Veg Breakfast, Veg South Indian Meal Lunch, Evening Snacks, Coffee / Tea and Veg Dinner.
  3. Archaeologist curated sightseeing as per plan
  4. All entry fees

Exclusions:

  • Anything not included in inclusions
  • Any non-veg food

Note: Sequence given is indicative. Itinerary is subject to change. If mode of transport changes, cost will change. For foreign citizen, cost would be the same except for entry fees which will be actual.