Kanchipuram is part of Tondaimandalam, known as Kānchi is a city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the banks of the Vegavathyriver, Kanchipuram has been ruled by the Pallavas, the Medieval Cholas, the Later Cholas, the Later Pandyas, the Vijayanagara Empire, the Carnatic kingdom, and the British, who called the town "Conjeeveram". The town's historical monuments include the Kailasanathar Temple and the Vaikuntha Perumal Temple. Historically, Kanchipuram was a center of education and was known as the ghatikasthanam, or "place of learning". The town was also a religious center of advanced education for Jainism and Buddhism between the 1st and 5th centuries. In Vaishnavism Hindu theology, Kanchipuram is one of the seven Tirtha sites, for spiritual release.