Kumbakonam, also spelt as Coombaconum or Combaconum in the records of British India, is a town and a special grade municipality in the Thanjavur district in the southeast Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is located 40 km (25 mi) from Thanjavur and 273 km (170 mi) from Chennai and is the headquarters of the Kumbakonam taluk of Thanjavur district. The town is bounded by two rivers, the Kaveri River to the north and Arasalar River to the south. According to the 2011 census, Kumbakonam has a population of 140,156 and has a strong Hindu majority; but it also has sizeable Muslim and Christian populations. Kumbakonam is known as a "temple town" due to the prevalence of a number of temples here and is noted for its Mahamaham festival which attracts people from all over the globe.
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This 12th-century Chola temple is a compact gem.
Dharasuram Airawateshwar temple is located 4 Km from the city centre and is easily accessible by autorickshaw/ cab from the city. The temple is a UNESCO world heritage site, akin to Gangai Konda Cholapuram (40km from here) and Shri Bruhadeshwara temple (45 Kms from here)., and boasts of a lush green manicured garden at the frontage, which is a wonderful place to unwind after time well spent.
There is no entry fee to visit the temple or for taking photographs. Not too many 'guides' and commercial vendors run behind you trying to convince you to buy something. The place is best visited at dawn or before dusk, when the sun's rays fall on the rocks, turning them into an abode of gold.
Spend time marveling at the intricately carved images of gods, goddesses and people of yore. Look up at the ceiling to appreciate the hundreds of fine carvings.
Being a world heritage site, more could be done to maintain the carvings from disuse. I hope good sense prevails.
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A must visit temple. Near 4,000 year old temple. Awesome sculptures. One of 108 Divya Desam Abode of Vishnu. Sung by 7 Azhwars. Main sanctum sanctorum is in the form of a chariot. Had a good darshan as the temple is well managed to handle the crowd. A crowd puller temple.
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This is one of the big temples in South. Located just 6 Kms from Kumbakonam near to Thirunageswaram. The presiding Deity is Lord Uppiliappan. elder brother of Tirupati Balaji. It is one of the Divya Desams of the Vaishnavite..60th of 108. Vishnu is worshiped here as Uppiliappan and Thayar is Bhumi Devi.The temple is maintained very clean. At this temple, Salt is not added to any of the Prasadams.We can worship Lord Uppiliappan very nicely and calmly on account of the well maintained queue system. You can also go for Special Entry Darshan at the cost of Rs.20/-. .
You can worship Lord Anjaneya, Sri Ramar etc, . While entering to the temple, you can worship Garuda Perumal facing Uppiliappan.Big Temple Pond is there at the entrance.
The temple is located on a narrow road, where all the heavy vehicles including State Transport Buses pass through, causing traffic hazard. Safety to devotees also at risk. Hindu Endowment Board cna look into this and do the needful..
Also temple authorities can regularize Foot Wear Stand.
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Do Not Miss Patteswran Temple on your way back from Darasuram. This is one of the Few Temples in India devoted to Maa Durga, There is also a Shiva Shrine here . It is a clean huge well maintained temple.
Not much crowd. But you can have asatisfying Darshan. visit.
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this is one of the navagraha temple it in between Kumbakonam and mailadurutai.i visited in the morning.nearly 2000 years old.only 2 sun temples in India.one is in here and the other is in konark.the difference is there is no idol worship in konark but here following idol worship.
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This temple is located around 2 kms from Bus stand. Main Deity of this temple is Nageswaran in the form of Linga. The Goddess of Nageswarar swamy is Periyinayagi Amman.
This temple is constructed by Aditya chola in 9th Century.
Speciality of this temple is that durind the first 3 days of Tamil Month Chittarai, sun rays directly falls on lord
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Beautiful, huge, out of the way temple with amazing long halls and architecture. Wonderful atmosphere for meditation and sitting quietly to absorb the vibrations. You can feel the power of centuries of worship and devotion. We were lucky to go the day after a big festival so there were very few visitors.
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