Ancient Kanchipuram, the city of thousand temples, is one of the seven most sacred pilgrim centres for the Hindus. There now remain about 126 temples in Kanchi and a few more in its outskirts. The city was the capital of the early Cholas as far back as the 2nd century B.C., and a Pallava capital between the 6th and 8th centuries. Today, apart from its temples, this small town is also known for its thriving hand loom industry. The town is often called the “Silk City” since the main profession of many of its inhabitants is the weaving of silk sarees.