Wash drawing of an Idgah (an open space for prayers) at Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu) by an unknown artist between 1789 and 1820. Inscribed on the front in ink is: 'Conjeveram before you come to the great Pagoda.'
Conjeeveram or Kanchipuram in Southern India is one of the seven most sacred cities of Hinduism. In the fourth century Kanchipuram became the capital of the Pallava kings for 500 years then continued to flourish throughout the Chola, Pandya and Vijayanagar eras. For thousands of years it was a major centre for architectural and artistic achievement and contains over 100 temples which can be seen from across the surrounding plains.