Kancipuram, Kāñcipuram, Kāñcīpuram, Kanchipuram: 3 definitions


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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Acta Orientalia vol. 74 (2013): Historical sequence of the Vaiṣṇava Divyadeśas

Kāñcīpuram (or Attiyūr, Satyavradakṣetra/Satyavratakṣetra) refers to Kacci-Attikiri, one of the 108 Vaishnava Divya Desam (divyadeśas or divyasthalas), located in the topographical division of Toṇṭaināṭu (“Northern Tamil Nadu”), according to the 9th century Nālāyirativviyappirapantam (shortly Nālāyiram).—Tradition would record the Vaiṣṇava divyadeśas or divyasthalas are 108. The divyadeśa is a base of the cult of Viṣṇu in Viṣṇuism [Vaiṣṇavism] tradition. The list of 108 [viz., Kāñcīpuram] seems to have reached maturation by about the early 9th century CE as all the deśas are extolled in the hymns of the twelve Āḻvārs.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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India history and geography

Source: DSpace at Pondicherry: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu (historical)

Kāñcipuram (12°50’N; 79°42’E) of Tamilnādu was once famous for its Buddhist Siddhāchāryās. It is believed that Ācāryā Nāgārjuna (500 C.E.) was initiated to mystic doctrine by one Vajra-Sattva, a resident of Kāñci. Then one Amogha-Vajra, one of the disciples of Vajra-Bodhi, (Bodhi-Darma) another native of Kāñci was believed to be responsible for the introduction of Tāntric Yoga tradition in China and taught them esoteric philosophy

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (history)

Kāñcipuram or Kanchipuram, the Golden City, was the capital of the Pallava dynasty from the sixth to the eight century. Kāñcipuram was ruled subsequently by the Chola, Vijayanagara and Nayaka kings until the 17th century. The Kāmākṣī Amman Temple at Kāñcīpuram (the ancient city of temples) is one of the leading centers of Śakti-worship in Tamilnadu. It is situated to the south east of the Ekāmbaranāthar Temple. Kāñcīpuram is divided into two parts–the Big and the Small or the Śivakāñcī and the Viṣṇukāñcī respectively. Śivakāñci is dedicated to Ekāmbaranāthar and Viṣṇu Kāñci to Varadarāja Perumāl.

Source: Shodhganga: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu

Kanchipuram refers to one of the various famous Siddha Centre distributed throughout South India and Tamil Nadu. The Siddha cult represents a Tantric philosophy that emerged from the combination of several elements found in traditions such as Shaivism (viz., Pashupata), Shaktism, Jainism, Tantric Buddhism (Vajrayana), etc. Both the Siddha and the Navanath cult (i.e., Nava-natha, ‘nine saints’) are popular in South India [viz., Kanchipuram] and Tamilnadu. A Siddha was an inspired seer belonging to the marginalized sections of society who dissolved their past karma and crushed the roots of future karma.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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