Apart from being the house of Hindu temples, Kancheepuram is also is famous among Jains and Buddhists. It is said that Kancheepuram played an important role in spreading Buddhism and Jainism during 1st to 5th century to South east Asia.
Administration of Kancheepuram
Some of the important persons in administration of Kancheepuram are:
Shri. K. Baskaran I.A.S
Telephone: 044 -27237433, 27238478
Tmt. T. Mythili
Address: No.4/99, Sekkupetai Nadu Theru Kancheepuram
Telephone: 9367708801/ 9443301106
Address: 286,Sengazhuneerodai Street
Telephone: 044-27224035/ 9080806367
Tmt.N.VIMALA, M.A., B.Ed.,
Telephone: 9367708802/ 044- 27222801
There are six departments in Kancheepuram which are municipality General Administration/Personnel, revenue, accounts, engineering, Town planning and Public health.
Geography and Climate of Kancheepuram
Like all other south Indian cities, Kancheepuram too has a hot and humid climate throughout the year, but is pleasant in the evening. Average temperature ranges from a maximum of 37.5 degrees Celcius between April and July to a minimum average of 20.5 degree celcius between December and February. Humidity in Kancheepuram ranges between 58 to 84 percent.
Economy of Kancheepuram
Kancheepuram is famous for its Kancheepuram silk sarees. Kancheepuram silk industry is very old dating back to the 15th century during the rule of the Vijaynagara Empire. Kancheepuram weaves finest quality of silk sarees in India and has many silk weaving and handloom industries. This is the largest source of income to the economy of Kancheepuram that’s why Kancheepuram is known as the “Silk city” of India.
Though agriculture is not carried out in the Kancheepuram city, but it is the main occupation in the Kancheepuram district with almost 48 percent people engaged in agriculture. Agriculture products include groundnut, paddy, sugarcane, cereals, millets and pulses.
Kancheepuram has so many temples that it has been termed as the “Temple city” of India. Numerous devotees visit this city, be it a Hindu, Jain or Buddhist. Tourism industry is a major source of revenue generation in Kancheepuram.
Owing to its proximity to Chennai city and airport, good transport facilities, cheaper lands, good power facility there are many manufacturing industries being set up in Kancheepuram. Industries thriving in Kanchipuram are Hyundai and Ford in cars. Nokia, Samsung, Dell etc. in phones. Sona steering, Rane-TRW restraint systems, Brakes India, AUDCO etc in Auto parts. Saint Gobain of France in Float glass, leather industry, sugar industry and many more.
Places to visit in Kancheepuram
Kancheepuram is known as a city of thousand temples. Some of the temples worth visiting are Ekambaranathar temple, Vaikundaperumal temple, Kailasanathar temple, Varadaraja Perumal temple, Kamakshi Amman temple, Kumarakottam temple, Kachabeshwarar temple, 108 Vishnu temples etc. Other than temples, there are sanctuaries and water bodies such as Vedanthangal, Muttukadu, Mamallapuram, Covelong etc.
Services and utilities in Kancheepuram
Sangusapet St etc.
Important Contact Numbers of Kancheepuram
Fire Station: 101, 4546 222899/ 4546 224126
Municipal office: 044-27222801
Railway Station: 4546 27223149
Cancer Hospital: Karapettai: 27264244
Electricity Board: 27222028/27238330
So whatever part of India you belong to, do come to Kancheepuram and be ready to be enchanted by the holy, pious atmosphere and lovely people here. Welcome to India, Welcome to Kancheepuram!