Kanchipuram Town

Kanchipuram has temples from the Pallava, Chola, Vijaynagar and Nayaka periods, all the way from the 8th c to the 17th c. The town’s stock of residential buildings is quite impressive as well, with colonial and desi deco styled buildings, as well as ‘traditional’ pitched-roof houses.

 

Colonial and desi deco style houses from around Kanchipuram

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Art deco detailing on the grills of a temple structure, at the Ekambareshwar temple

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This one is probably from the 1960s-70s

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The road leading up to the western gopuram of the Vardaraja temple is lined with a fascinating array of colonial-style (and more traditional) residences, many with large Vaishnavite caste-marks on the buildings themselves. It seems like some of these buildings are being used as shrines.

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More modest (some not so modest) dwellings with more traditional elements.

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Old and new

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The town is dotted with mandapas and small temples and shrines

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Shelter of a large temple chariot

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