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History of Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram was the Capital of the Pallavas, the Cholas and the Vijayanagar rulers. The Pallavas ruled the region from 6th to 8th century A.D, during which it was briefly occupied by the Chalukyans of Badami and by the Rastrakutas. It later came under the rule of the Cholas, Vijayanagar kings, the Muslims and the British. Many of the splendid temples and beautiful architecture here are the work of the Pallavas and later, Cholas. The few Buddhist stupas here are proof of the fact that Buddhism prevailed here for a while. It has been a centre for Tamil learning and Culture for centuries and gives us a clear picture of the glorious Dravidian Heritage of the Vaishnavites and Shaivites.

Kanchipuram produces some of the best silks in the world. The tradition of weaving silk goes back hundreds of years and was a major draw for westerners even before the industrial age began.

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