• Kumbakonam


The Spiritual Temple Town of Tamil Nadu...

     This city is situated 37 kms northeast of Thanjavur. This is the temple city of South India and the oldest city in Tamil Nadu State. This is known as the "Temple Town" due to the prevalence of numerous temples. The city represents the traditional and cultural values of Tamil Heartland. 

    There are many big temples of Shiva and Vishnu, a huge water tank known as "Mahamaham Tank" which is situated in the centre of the city that is famous for the Mahamaham Festival held once in 12 years. This Town is also the region's main commercial and craft centre, famous for its textiles, jewellery, bronze casting and the superior quality of its locally grown betal leaves.

Sights at a Glance: Kumbeshwara Temple, Mahamaham Tank, Sarangapani Temple, Swamimalai, Ramaswamy Temple.

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Kumbeshwara Temple

Sculptural Navarathri Mandapam...    

       This temple is situated at the heart of the city and dedicated to Lord Shiva.  The Hindu festival Mahamaham is associated with this temple.  The temple is in existence from chola times of 9th century and has been expanded by the Nayaka dynasty between the 15th and 17th century.  The temple tower is of height 44m belongs to17th century stands massive in the front. The temple has a long colonnaded mandapa and a magnificent collection Silver vahanas (vehicles) for carrying the deities during festivals. A unique feature here is the depiction of 27 stars and the 12 zodiac signs carved on a large block of stone in the Navarathri Mandapam.

     Kumbeswarar is in the form of lingam believed to have made by Lord Shiva himself when he mixed nectar of immortality and sand. Kumbha means pot and Konam means crooked-the pot that was broken when shiva's arrow hit it.

The place where the nectar fell is the Mahamaham tank. The name of the town "Kumbakonam" is thus derived from Kumbeshwara temple.

Quick Glimpses: Timings
-  from 06:00 am to 12:30 pm and from 04:30 pm to 08:45 pm

Mahamaham Tank

Spectacular Water tank...

      This big water tank is very popular in the centre of the city. There is a grand festival held once in 12 years when Jupiter passes over the sign of leo. People from all over India will assist the ceremony.This festival is also known as Kumbamela of the South.  The local people and the tourists who come for the visit of all temples have a holy dip in this tank.

      The devout believe that all of India's nine sacred rivers also bathe in the tank  cleanse themselves of the sins of humanity accumulated in their waters. The tank, renovated by the Nayakas in the 17th century, has steps at the four cardinal points, and 16 ornate pavilions in honour of the 16 Mahadanas (great gifts bestowed by a ruler on a spiritual centre).

Ramaswamy Temple

Paintings speaks epic...

This temple is located on the southeastern portion of "Potramarai Kulam" and southern side of "Uchi Pillayar Kovil" junction. Alwar Sannathi, Sreenivasa Sannathi and Gopalan Sannathi are other temples located within this temple. Achutha Nayak of Thanjavur constructed the Ramaswamy temple during 16th Century.

This temple consists of one Gopuram, One Maha Mandapam and Karuvarai. The columns of Maha mandapam are enriched with some of the famous stone carvings of Vamana Avatharam, Meenakshi Kalyanam, Sugreeva Pattabhishekam and Ramayanam.

The wall paintings of Outer Prahara explains the series of incidents from the great Epic "Ramayanam".

Quick Glimpses: Timings - 06.00 am to 12.00 am and 04.00 pm to 09.00 pm

Sarangapani Temple

Marvel Sculptures of KamaSutra...

     This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and it is one of the sacred shrines among 108 shrines "Divya Desams"  of Vishnu in India.  The temple tower is very beautiful with lot of colorful sculptures belongs to the 17th century. The sanctum sanctorum is in the form of chariot with temple guardians.  

    The huge temple tower depicts the sculptures showing some of the scenes from KamaSutra, the series of horses, elephants with armed soldiers and ten incarnations of Vishnu.  There are two wooden chariots with well carved base in front of the temple used for the chariot procession during the month of January and April.

Quick Glimpses: Timings -  06:00 am to 12:30 pm and 05:00 pm to 08:45 pm,
No photography inside the temple.


Beautiful Bronze Casting...

    Swamimalai is the fourth among the six sacred shrines dedicated to Lord Muruga, situated about 5 kms from Kumbakonam city on the banks of the tributary of river Cauvery. The presiding deity Lord Swaminathan (Murugan) here expounded the meaning of the Pranavamantra "OM" to his own father Lord Shiva.


   The temple is built on an artificial hillock of about 60 feet high with 60 beautifully laid stone steps representing the Hindu cycle of sixty years leading to the Lord.  The important festivals are the temple car festival in the month of April, Visakam festival in the month of May, Thaipusam festival in the month of January and Thirukarthigai festival in Nov/Dec. The village Swamimalai is well known for its bronze casting.

Quick Glimpses: Timings -   07:00 am to 12 noon and 05:30 pm  to 9:00 pm.

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