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Places to Visit In And Around Kumbakonam
 
 
Mahamaham Tank
If there is a tank held to be more sacred than Ganges, it is only the Mahamaham Tank at Kudandai. As Kumbamelas are celebrated in this Tank. The Mahamaham Tank of Kumbakonam is Located near the Head Post Office. This Tank covers an area of 6.2 acers and is in a shape of a pot. The Tank is surrounded by 16 small Mandapams and a "Nava Kannika Temple" in the Eastern side.
 
The festival lasts for nine days. During this festival, lakhs of Hindu devotees come to Kumbakonam, and take bath in a tank named Mahamaham tank. Some of them instead of taking bath in the tank, sprinkle water from the tank on their bodies. It is believed that taking bath or sprinkling water of the tank on the bodies cleanses all the sins.
 
The last Mahamaham was celebrated on March 6, 2004, with people from various places taking the holy dip in the Mahamaham tank. The next Mahamaham will be celebrated in the year 2016.
 
20 Theertham with in the Mahamaham Tank are
01. Vayu Theertham 08. Narmada Theertham 15. Niruthi Theertham
02. Ganga Theertham 09. Saraswathi Theertham 16. Bayoshni Theertham
03. Bramma Theertham 10. Indira Theertham 17. Deva Theertham
04. Yamuna Theertham 11. Agni Theertham 18. Varunai Theertham
05. Kubera Theertham 12. Cauvery Theertham 19. Sarayu Theertham
06. Godavari Theertham 13. Yama Theertham 20. Kanya Theertham
07. Eshana Theertham 14. Kumari Theertham  
 
Siva Linga around the Mahamaham Tank are
01. Brammatheertheshwarar 08. Bhairaveshwarar 15. Mukthatheertheshwarar
02. Mukundeshwarar 09. Agasthyeshwarar 16. Shethrabaleshwarar
03. Dhaneshwarar 10. Vyaneshwarar  
04. Virushabeshwarar 11. Umaibakeshwarar  
05. Baaneshwarar 12. Nairutheeshwarar  
06. Koneshwarar 13. Brammeshwarar  
07. Bhakthikeshwarar 14. Gangatheshwarar  
 
Saivite Temples
 
Adi Kumbeswarar Temple
Adi Kumbeswarar temple is the major one among the Saivaite temples and located in the centre of Kumbakonam at Big Bazaar Street. This temple covers an area of 189504 sq.ft. With a length and breadth of 750 feet, and 252 feet respectively. This temple comprises fo three Praharas and three Gopurams in the eastern, northern and western directions. It is belived that Govinda Theeksithan, the Chieftain of Achutha Nayakar of Thanjavur, renovated this oldest temple during 16th century.
 
Sarabeshwara temple Thirubuvanam
Thirubuvanam is a village near Kumbakonam in the Thiruvidaimarudur taluk ofThanjavur district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The population consists primarily of silk weavers, agricultural workers and agricultural land owners. The Thanjavur district is known for its ancient temples, and there is an ancient Sarabeshwara temple in the village of Thirubuvanam.
This Kambaharesvarar Temple was built by the king Kulothunga III (1179 AD - 1216 AD). This temple built and completed by theKings of Cheran, Cholan and Pandiyan.
There are six base of Srivimana. One can see sculptures of the scenes of Puranas on the wall of Srivimana. Some of other shrines are in the temple. It is the 13th century Chola temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
 
Someswarar Temple
Someswara temple Somessar temple is situated in the southren portion of Sri Sarangapani Temple. This temple is facing the northren side with a small Gopuram at the eastern portion near the entrance. The architectural style and element of this temple resembles the Dravidian Architecture of 13th century of chola period. Arumugam and thenar Mozhi Ammal are the other deities located in this temple complex.
 
Vaishnavite Temples
 
Sarangapani Temple
Sri Sarangapani temple is located near to Uchipilliar Kovil junction at Sarangapani East Street. This temple is considered one among the three major shrines of lord Vishnu and it was renovated during the period of Nayaka Kingdom fo 16th century. Sarangapani temple consists of the biggest Gopuram (150ft), and five Praharas and one holy tank, known as "Porthamarai Kulam", which is located behind the temple. The Karuvarai and Vimanam are made with 12 - sculptured columns shaped llike a chariot. This temple is specied in 108 Divya Desam.
 
Nageswaran Temple
Nageswaran Temple otherwise known as "koothandavar Kovil", is locatd near the old bus stand area and Adithya Cholan of Chola dynasty constructed this temple during 12th century. This temple stands as a great marvel of chola's architecture, building technology and astronomy. The design and orientation are structured in such a way that it allows the sun rays inside the temple only during the month of Chithirai, therefore, it bears another name called "Soorya Kotatm" or "Keel Kottam". The Karuvarai of Nageswaran temple has similarity with that of Sarangapani temple, as it is made in the form of a chariot. The temple consists of two Gopurams in the easteren and western directions.
 
Ramaswamy Temple
Ramasamy Temple Achutha Nayaka of Thanjavur constructed the Ramasamy temple during 16th century. This temple is Located on the southeastern portion of "Porthamarai Kulam" and southern side of "Uchipillaiyar Kovil" junction. This temple consists of one Gopuram, One Maha Mandapam and Karuvarai.
 
Chakkarapani Temple
Chakrapani coil near the river Cauvery. Next to Sarangapani temple this is the biggest Vaishnavite temple. Chakrapani is the weapon (Discus) wielded by Vishnu. Chakra – (The Wheel) is a very sacres one to Hindus. The Vedas declare that the immeasurable universe is a wheel. The Pralaya (deluge) is the uprising in fury of the waters that assume the shape of a wheel, because of its churning. Its was called jalormi Chakram. Vishnu wields the Chakra to uphold righteousness. What other symbol can signify the Supreme being better than the wheel which has no beginning or end.
 
Places of Interest around Kumbakonam
 
Swamimalai
Swamimalai - is the temple of lord Muruga. It is one among lord Muruga's six abodes (Arupadaiveedu). Swamimalai is a sylvan village, situated about five kilometers west of Kumbakonam on the banks of a tributary of river Cauvery. The temple is situated very close to the bus stand and the railway station is about two kilometers away. It is well connected to and surrounded by important places like Kumbakonam, Tiruvidaimarutur, Mayiladuthurai, Papanasam, Tanjavur etc.
 
Patteeswaram
The celestial cow Kamadhenu - bestowed of any kind of boon has four venerable daughters, and one among them is called Patti. This divine cow offered ardent prayers to Lord Siva to get over her problems once, and so this place is called Pattisam or Patteswaram. The presiding deities are called Dhenupureeswarar and Mother Gnanambikai. These powerful divinities have been worshipped from Kritayuga onwards. And according to sthalapurana, Sri Rama offered prayers to this Dhenupureeswarar to rid himself off Brahmahatya dosha of killing Ravanabrahma, and his sin vanished by the grate of Lord Siva. Sri Rama then created a pond with his mighty arrow in recompense for the grace he received.
It is a big temple with four tall gopuras and has mini shrines installed with several potent daivams, among them Shanmuga with Valli Devasena is quite grand and is receiving adoration by all the visitors. Another object of adoration is the icon of Bhairavamurti, which is unusually big and awe inspiring in facial features.
 
Oppiliappan (uppiliappan)
The presiding deity in this temple is facing east in a standing pose while His consort Boomidevi is sitting next to Him facing north. Markandeya sits in a pose facing Boomidevi as if giving her in marriage to the Lord. There is no separate shrine for the Goddess and the Lord never leaves His sanctum without Boomidevi. The special feature in this temple is that salt is never used in the food offered in worship.
ThiruvinNagara, popularly known as Oppiliappan Sannidhi is one of the most important of the 108 sacred Sri Vaishnavite shrines whose glory have been sung by the Azhvaars. People throng in their hundreds, every day, for fulfilling their vows taken to propitiate the Lord.
This site describes the history, the ancient Tamil literature, and the special events associated with this Lord, who Nammazhwaar describes as "thannoppaarillappan" or One who has no comparision.
 
Ayyavadi Sri Maha Prathyangira Devi
This temple for Sri Maha Prathyangira Devi is situated in a small village called Ayyavadi.
Located just 500 mts from Uppiliappan temple, this village was once called as Aivar Padi.According to legends, the 5 Pandavas visited this place, kept their weapons under a tree, worshipped Sri Maha Prathyangira Devi and went around in the forests. As the five Pandavas worshipped here, it is beleived that the place was called as Aivar Padi which later changed as Ayyavadi.
 
Karparakshambigai
This is an ancient Siva temple about 20 kms East of Thanjavur dedicated to Sri Mullaivananathar and Sri Karparakshambigai. It is a huge temple spread over a wide expanse with imposing Gopurams and a tank in front of it. It is believed that childless people who worship here with devotion and faith are blessed with pregnancy and pregnant women with safe deliveries. Unmarried women also pray here for their marriages.
 
108 Shivalayam
There are 106 individual big lingams in a separate mandapam. There is also a separate lingam (Hanumantha lingam) worshipped by Sri Hanuman. Along with the moolavar, there are 108 lingams here. As the name of the place suggests, this is a place where one can get their sins cleansed out. Papa, meaning sins and Nasam meaning, loosing out. The legend says the temple was worshipped by Ramar to cleanse his sin of killing Ravana.
 
Shri Vedhanaraya Perumal Temple (Bramman Temple)
In India there are very few temples for lord bramma.among those one of the temples is located in kumbakonam.
 
Kasi Viswanathar Temple
Kasi Viswanathar Temple is located at in the neighborhood of the Mahamaham tank in the holy town of Kumbakonam. As the name suggests this Shiva temple has the prime deity as Kasi Viswanathar accompanied with Lord's consort Visalakshi. The temple architecture is praise worthy and showcases the ancient style of South Indian style of construction and design.
The prime feature and attraction of this temple is the confabulation of nine holy rivers known as the Navakanniyar, namely Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Narmada, Kaveri, Krishna, Godavari, Tungabhatra and Sarayu. The southern part of the temple houses a stala lingam, which were worshipped by Ravana. It is believed that this lingam grows with ages.
 
Thirucherai
This temple is located about 3 kms South of Naachiyar Temple and about 15kms off Kumbakonam. The Moolavar is Saranathan in a standing posture with sangu, chakram, gadhai and lotus in his hands and the thayar is known as Saranayaki.
Markandeya and Kaveri Amman meditated upon Lord Vishnu. It is also believed that brahma made a clay plot to rescue and preserve the Vedas during pralaya, but none of the pots made by Brahma whenever he tried. There upon he was directed by Lord Vishnu to proceed to Thirucherai (Saara Kshetram) and make a pot out of the clay on the banks of kaveri, and thus the Vedas were protected in a pot made out of tough mud at this place.
 
Naachiyaar Koil at Tirunaraiyur
One of the 108 divya desams of Hindus is the temple sthalam at Naachiyar Koil, Tirunaraiyur. The place is almost an hour's drive from the temple town of Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district
The specialty of the Kal Garuda is that the mount is said to increase exponentially in size as it is carried out and decrease the same way while it is brought back inside. When it is just taken out of the shrine, only four people are needed to carry the mount. With each step, the mount increases in weight and by the time it is carried out of the temple, 64 people are required to carry it!
 
SriVanjiyam temple
This temple is situated in Nannilam - Kudavaasal road. This temple is told to be equivalent of Kasi.Vishnu worshipped lord Shiva to have Lakshmi affectionated towards him. Sri - Lakshmi , Vanjai - affection became Srivanjiyam. It is told that people who die here doesnt have the Yama ( god of death ) bayam.
 
Karuvalarcheri
Karuvalarcheri is near Kumbakonam. It is 1 km from Marudanallur which is 06 km from Kumbakonam. Way to Alangudi Guru Temple.
Karuvalarcheri is home to one of the most important temples of the Agasthiar Siddha Lineage - the Agasthiar Guru Padhuka Shakti Temple of Mother Sri Akilandeswari and Lord Agastheesvara Shiva.
 
UNESCO MONUMENT - ( Brihadeeswarar Temple, Airavatesvara Temple, Gangaikonda Cholapuram)
 
Darasuram
Darasuram Airavatesvara Temple is situated in the south west direction of Kumbakonam at about 3km. This temple was built by Raja raja II during 1146 – 1163 AD.This Temple is famous for Art and Architecture. This is one of the oldest of Chola temples. There is a separate Amman temple for Goddess Deivanayagi Amman. The main deity Linga named Airavatesvarar. The Linga was worshipped by the Devendram's elephant named Airavatham and hence the name Airavatesvarar.
 
Thanjavur
Brihadeeswarar Temple’s build was like one royal temple for displaying emperor’s vision for relationship and power to universal order. This temple was one site of primary royal ceremonies, such as anointing emperor and to link emperor with Shiva, its deity and deity’s daily rituals was a mirror of those by king. It is one architectural exemplar, which showcases true form of Dravida kind of architecture in temples and is a representative of ideology of Chola Empire and Southern India’s Tamil civilization. Brihadeeswarar Temple “testifies to Chola’s brilliant achievements in architecture, painting, bronze casting and sculpture.”
 
Gangaikonda Cholapuram
Gangaikonda Cholapuram - wasd built by Rajendra cholan (son of Rajaraja cholan). This temple with is architectural marvel is also a world heritage mounment. Near by Kumbakonam.
 
Specific Temples
 
For Health
Vaithiswaran Koil Temple - Vaithiswarankoil.
Pushpavana Naathar Temple - Poovanoor
 
To Victory
Saatchinatheswarar Temple - Thiruppurambiyam Kumbakonam.
 
To Education
Saraswathy Temple - Koothanoor Near by Kumbakonam.
 
To Be Relieved Of Sins
Koteeswarar Temple - Kottaiyur
 
Marriage Obstacles And Mangalya Dhosham
Thirumanancheri Temple
Udvahanatheswarar Temple - Thiruninriyur
Prana Nathar Temple - Thirumangalakudi
Dharga - "Bhava Mahan" - Aariyappadaiyur
Sarangapani Temple - Kumbakonam
 
Your Prosperity And Wealth
Mahalakshmeeswarar Temple - Thiruninriyur Near Kumbakonam.
Kodikkanathar Temple - Thirukkodikaval Near Kumbakonam.
 
To Achieve In All Trades
Paalaivananathar Temple - Thiruppalaithurai Near Kumbakonam.
 
To Own Good Vehicles for Conveyance
Chakkaravaheswarar Temple - Iyyampettai Near Kumbakonam.
 
To Beget Children (Puthirabakkiam) & For Problems In Pregnancy and For A Normal Delivery
Karpparakshaambikai Temple - Thirukaruvoor Near Kumbakonam.
Karuvalarcheri Temple - Near Kumbakonam.
Senchadaiyappar Temple - Thiruppananthal Near Kumbakonam.
 
To Excel In Dance
Adi Kumbeswarar Temple
The Natyanjali festival which is held at the Sri Kumbeswarar Temple on the evenings during the full moon day. Natyanjali festival attract dancers from all over India and even abroad.
The artistes who perform at Chidambaram and the visitors to temples around this time have a circular route to attend the festival.
 
 
     
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