The city is particularly important to Sri Vaishnavism, but is also a holy pilgrimage site in Shaivism. Ekambareswarar Temple in northern Kanchipuram, dedicated to Shiva, is the largest temple in the city. Like most of his predecessors, Narasimha donated generously to the Varadaraja Perumal Temple. The city has two mosques; one near the Ekambareswarar temple was built during the rule of Nawab of Arcot in the 17th century, and another near the Vaikunta Perumal temple shares a common tank with the Hindu temple. While it is widely accepted that Kanchipuram had served as an Early Chola capital, the claim has been contested by Indian historian P.
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Kanchipuram is subdivided into two divisions — Big Kanchi, also called Shiva Kanchi occupies the western portion of the city and is the larger of the two divisions. The Kanchi Matha is a Hindu monastic institution, whose official history states that it was founded by Adi Sankara of Kaladi, tracing its history back to the 5th century BCE.
The Garuda Purana says that seven cities, including Kanchipuram are providers of moksha. It has a series of cells with sculptures inside.