Kanchipuram a or Kancheepuram or Kanchi is the administrative headquarters of Kanchipuram District in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India. Located on the banks of river Vegavathy, it served as the capital city of the Pallava Kingdom during the 4th to 9th century CE. Kanchipuram is located 72 km (45 mi) from Chennai, the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Kanchipuram is the headquarters of the Kanchi Matha, a Hindu monastic institution believed to have been founded by the Hindu saint and commentator, Adi Sankaracharya.
As per Hindu theology, Kanchipuram is one of the seven cities in India to reach final attainment. Being home to major Hindu temples like the Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple and Kumara Kottam, the city is considered a holy pilgrimage site for both Saivites and Vaishnavites. Out of the 108 holy temples of Hindu god Vishnu, called the divyadesam, 14 are located in the city. Kanchipuram is well known for its hand woven silk sarees and a majority of workforce in the city is involved in weaving industry.
The traditional and major occupation of Kanchipuram is silk saree weaving followed by agriculture. As of 2008, an estimated 5000 families were involved in weaving silk sarees. The main industries of the city include cotton, light machinery, electrical goods and food processing. There are 25 silk & cotton yarn industries, 60 dyeing units, 50 rice mills and 42 other industries within the Kanchipuram municipal limits. Another important occupation is tourism and service related segments like hotels, restaurants and local transportation.