Tuesday, December 1, 2009


The history of Kanchi can be traced aback to several centuries afore the appearance of the Christian era. The abode finds its name in Patanjali's Mahabhashya, accounting in the additional aeon B.C. Manimekalai, the acclaimed Tamil classic, and Perumpanattu Padai, a abundant Tamil allegorical work, vividly call Kanchipuram city, as it was at the alpha of the Christian era. Pathupattu, one of the sangam literatures, reads that the baron Thondaiman Ilandirayan disqualified this boondocks about 2500 years ago.

Kancheepuram District had been administered by the Pallavas, Cholas, Vijayanagar rulers and the British afore Independence. It was a allotment of Tondaimandalam, a analysis of the age-old Tamil country, almost absolute the present day districts of Kancheepuram, Chennai, Tiruvallur, Vellore and Thiruvannamalai. The basic of Thondaimandalam was Kancheepuram city. From the 3rd to the 9th aeon A.D. Kanchi was the basic of the Pallavas who disqualified over the area extending from the river Krishna in the arctic to the river Kaveri in the south. The Pallavas adherent the burghal with ramparts, moats, etc., with advanced and able-bodied laid out anchorage and accomplished temples. They were a abundant amphibian ability with contacts with abroad China, Siam, Fiji, etc., through their arch Port Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram). The Cholas disqualified this arena from the 10th aeon to the 13th century. Kings of Vijayanagar absolutism disqualified from 14th aeon to 17th century.Kanchi was a above bench of Tamil acquirements as able-bodied as an important abode of crusade for Buddhists, Jains and Hindus. Kalidasa has declared it to be the best amid the cities (Nagareshu Kanchi), aloof as Jati (jasmine) is the sweetest amidst the flowers, Rambha the best admirable amidst women and Grihasthasrama the best ideal amidst the four asramas of animal life. One of the kings of Kanchi, Mahendravarman-I, was a abundant academic and musician, a man of abundant intelligence and additionally a abundant playwright. Yuan Chwang, the abundant Chinese traveler, visited Kanchipuram burghal in the 7th aeon and said that this burghal was 6 afar in ambit and that its bodies were acclaimed for courage and allegiance as able-bodied as for their adulation of amends and account for learning. He added recorded that Buddha had visited the place. As commendations learning, Kanchi stood additional in celebrity alone to Banaras. Once the bench of acquirements and religious fervour, it started its ascend bottomward with the Mughal invasions followed by three centuries of colonial aphorism beneath the British.

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