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Sri Kanchi Kamakshi Amman Temple
This temple dates back to 65 years and is dedicated to a form of Goddess Parvathi. According to local tales, once the Goddess had playfully blindfolded Lord Shiva from the back and during this time the whole world was covered with darkness. Parvathi got cursed because of this and she was born on Earth as Kamakshi. Kamakshi Devi started practising sacrifice with a Shiva Idol in her hand to seek his hand for marriage. To test her Lord Shiva appeared in the form of a mighty river and Kamakshi Devi clasped to the Shiva Linga to prevent it from eroding. She even performed meditation on the tip of a needle surrounded by Panchagni or the 5 fires. During this heranger destroyed some village people but at the end Lord Shiva was pleased and offered to marry her. The second legend says that due to the increase of torture of a demon, all the gods and Goddesses of heaven came down on Earth and started living on a Champak Tree as parrots and they prayed to goddess Kamakshi. The Goddess later killed the demon called Bhandakasur and on this spot is the present Kamakshi Devi Temple.
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Kanchipuram, also known as Kanjeevaram, is a small temple town in Tamil Nadu. Fondly known as the 'golden city of a thousand temples', this lovely town promises you a spiritual retreat unlike any other. This city is considered to be one of the seven holiest cities of India and it is also said that a visit to this place helps in achieving salvation. There are a number of temples here and Kanchipuram is a holy site for both Buddhists and Jains. It is divided into three distinctive sections in terms of temples. These are Siva Kanchi, Vishnu Kanchi and the Jain Kanchi. The city is on the banks of the holy river Vegavahi, which is a tributary of the Pallar River. Do visit the Kailasanathar Temple, the Ekambaranatha Temple and the Kamakshi Amman Temple. Known for their architectural brilliance, these temples are highly revered by visiting tourists. As the name suggests, Kanchipuram is known for its traditional Mulberry Silk. The sarees made of this silk are famous all over the world and are also known as Kanjivaram sarees. Most of the households here are a part of the silk industry and Kanchipuram silk is a brand name famous everywhere now, so don't forget to some sarees back!
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