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Vaikuntha Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram

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The Vaikuntha Perumal temple was built sometime during the seventh century by the Pallava king Nandivarman. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the main shrine has three distinct levels. The main shrine houses finely carved sculptures of Lord Vishnu. These sculptures are huge in size and show Vishnu in different standing, sitting and reclining positions.

The temple is frequented every year by thousands of devotees of lord Vishnu to seek His blessings. Thousands of tourists flock to the temple to see the main attraction of the temple that is the hall of 1000 pillars. Each pillar is unique in itself since every pillar has a different statue carved on it. The passages within the temple are supported by pillars that have lion carved on them.

The architecture of the temple is noteworthy not only in terms of religion but also in terms of history. The walls of the temple have writings engraved on them that speak about the combat between the Chalukyas and the Pallavas.  

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