Kanchipuram was once the capital of the Pallava dynasty. It is considered one of the seven sacred cities of India; between the 6th and 7th centuries, some of the best temples were built here during the reign of the Pallavas. The temples are a testament of the dominance of Dravidian heritage and the city's glorious past, when it was ruled by kings who were not only powerful but loved and patronized arts. Kanchipuram is particularly known for being the seat bearing culture and philosophy. Sri Sankaracharya, Appar, Siruthonder and the great Buddhist Bikshu, Bodhidharma once lived and worked here. Today it is known, not only for temples but also for its handwoven, silk fabrics. AdiSankaracharya established his episcopal seat here (Kamakodipeedam).