Popular Temples of Kumbakonam

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Popular Temples of Kumbakonam

Popular Temples of Kumbakonam

Temples of Kumbakonam are the best place to visit during your trip. Kumbakonam is a gorgeous temple town in the heart of the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. This beautiful temple is sandwiched between the two great rivers of Southern India, Cauvery, and Arsala. For lovers of history and those seeking to understand Hinduism and India's mythological roots, Kumbakonam offers an ecstatic journey. Apart from many beautiful temples in Kumbakonam, the town is known for its grand festival called Mahamaham festival which is celebrated every twelve years at the Mahamaham Tank. The place is believed to be where the pot (Kumbham) containing the nectar of life was spilled by Shiva. Kumbakonam is one of the prominent temple towns in the Cauvery region and has the holy tank of Mahamaham. The town is lined with colorful gopurams of numerous temples and is also a prominent place for religious studies. From Cholas to Pandyas to Marathas to the British, the town was under various rulers over the years. Though there are more than 80 temples spread across the town of Kumbakonam, here is a list of the popular ones which are a must-visit.

 

#1 Adi Kumbeswarar Temple

Popular Temples of Kumbakonam

 

This temple comes under one of the best temples of Kumbakonam which have been built before the 7th century by the Chola rulers. Adi Kumbeswarar is one of the most important and popular temples in Kumbakonam. It was rebuilt and renovated over centuries, & has beautiful sculptures from mythology adorning its pillars and walls. The hall that leads to the main sanctum has numerous pillars and its carved ceilings are colored with vegetable dyes. The temple is dedicated to Kumbeswarar (Shiva) and the main shrine houses a lingam. The premise also has a temple pond, Kandha Kumbha Theertham. Believed to have been constructed in the 7th century A.D by the Cholas, Adi Kumbeswarar Temple is one of the great and the oldest Shiva temples in the town. The temple has a magnificent architecture with the trademark style of the Cholas. 

 

Best Time To Visit: Any time of the year

Timings: 6 AM - 9:30 PM, Timings might change during festivals, or on special days

Deity Worshiped: Kumbeswarar (Shiva)

 

#2 Ramaswamy Temple

 

Popular Temples of Kumbakonam

 

Another famous temple of Kumbakonam is Ramaswamy Temple which was built in the 17th century by the Nayaks. Ramaswamy Temple is a revered Hindu temple dedicated to one of Vishnu's ten avatars, Lord Rama. The hall outside the inner sanctum is lined with numerous sculpted pillars that have characters from mythology and related designs. The ceilings too have carved designs and are colorful. The inner walls are adorned with paintings depicting scenes from Ramayana. The temple is a revered Hindu temple dedicated to one of Vishnu's ten avatars, Lord Rama. The temple is blessed by Lord Rama where he sits in the sanctum in the coronation posture with his consort Sita Devi at his side, flanked by the idols of his brothers Lakshmana, Bharatha, Chatruguna, and Hanuman.

 

Best Time To Visit: Any Season of the year

Timings: 9 AM - 8:30 PM

Deity Worshiped:  Lord Vishnu, Lord Rama

 

#3 Sarangapani temple

Popular Temples of Kumbakonam

A prominent Vaishnavite temple in India, Sarangapani temple dedicated to Vishnu is the biggest one in Kumbakonam and is built in typical Dravidian style architecture. One of the best temples at Kumbakonam, Sarangapani temple is colorful and striking eleven storeyed gopurams which is a major attraction of this temple. Apart from the chariot, the main sanctum has numerous carved pillars. The main shrine is of Sarngapani, an incarnation of Vishnu. There is also a shrine dedicated to Komalavalli, the consort of Sarngapani. The temple also houses quite a few other colorful entrance gates. The 9th-century temple built during the time of Cholas has Nageswarar as its main deity, a serpentine form of Shiva. While the colorful entrance gate is quite an eye-catcher, the inner entrance gate has gorgeous artwork on its ceiling. The inner sanctum is in the form of a chariot and has sculptures of horses pulling it.

 

Best Time To Visit: Any time of the year

Timings: 7 AM - 12 PM, 5 PM - 9 PM

Deity Worshiped: Lord Vishnu

 

#4 Chakrapani Temple

 

Popular Temples of Kumbakonam 

This famous temple of Kumbakonam is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the presiding deity is Chakrapani. (a form of Vishnu) Lord Vishnu is worshipped as Sudarshana here. The deity has a third eye on his forehead and eight stretched out arms. Apart from a colorfully sculpted entrance gate, the temple also houses carved pillars and an entrance foyer with artwork on the ceiling. Chakrapani Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu also known as Chakrapani which is located in the Kumbakonam city of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the most prominent temples in Kumbakonam, whose shrine has a magnificent idol of Lord Vishnu with his chakra (discus) to bring down the pride of Surya the Sun God, who subsequently became his devotee. The temple boasts striking architectural finesse, & also houses a statue of King Sarfoji II.

 

Best Time To Visit: Any time of the year

Timings: 6 AM - 12 PM, 5 PM - 9 PM

Deity Worshiped: Lord Vishnu

 

#5 Mahamaham tank 

Popular Temples of Kumbakonam

 

It is located to the north of Kasi Vishwanathan temple, Mahamaham tank is where the Mahamaham festival (similar to Kumbh Mela) is held every 12 years. It is believed that the waters of this tank can get rid of all the sins and is more sacred than river Cauvery. There are many lingams along the banks of the tank and it also houses numerous wells. Kumbakonam is 40 Kms from Thanjavur and 282 Kms from Chennai. Some buses and trains connect Kumbakonam with major cities across South India. 

 

Best Time To Visit: June - September

Timings: 24 hours

 

#6 Nageswaran Temple

Popular Temples of Kumbakonam

Nageswaran temple is constructed as a chariot, & is an important Shaivite temple. A piece of genius Chola architecture is an important Shaivite temple. In the guise of serpent king Nagaraja, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is a marvelous example of the Chola's architectural prowess as they constructed the temple in a way so that it will only let in sunlight. Nageswaran Temple is also known as Surya Kottam as the sunlight only enters the temple during April and May. 

 

Best Time To Visit: March - May

Timings: 6:45 AM - 12 PM, 3:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Deity Worshiped: Lord Shiva

 

#7 Oppiliappan Temple

Popular Temples of Kumbakonam

Uppiliappan Temple or Oppiliappan temple is situated in the village of Thirunageswaram, near Kozhikode. It is a Hindu temple which is known as Thiruvinnagar of Venkatachalapathy Temple. The temple enshrines Lord Vishnu and is constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture. Divya Prabandha is counted as the 60th amidst the 108 Divya Desams which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The shrine is glorified in popular Tamil work. Vishnu is worshipped as Lord Oppiliappan and his spouse Lakshmi is worshipped as Bhumi Dev.

 

Best Time To Visit: Any time of the year

Timings: 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM, 4 PM - 7:30 PM

Deity Worshiped: Lord Vishnu, Goddess Lakshmi

 

#8 Mahalingeswarar Temple 

Popular Temples of Kumbakonam

Mahalingeswarar Temple lies in the district of Thiruvidaimaruthur in Tamil Nadu. It is also known as Thiruvidaimarudur Temple which is enshrined by the Hindu God Shiva known as Mahalingeshwara Swamy. Shiva the presiding deity is symbolized by his lingam and is the venerated idol Jothimayalingam. The temple also boasts of a magnificent shrine of Goddess Parvati- consort of Shiva, depicted in the form of Pir Guchuntarakuj Abigail. The shrine is one of the seven major Shiva temples and this particular lingam is the focal point of the seven consorts of Shiva. Mahalingeswarar Temple is managed and maintained by a South Indian monastic institution in the name of Thiruvaduthurai Adheenam.

 

Best Time To Visit: January - February

Timings: 7 AM - 1 PM , 4 PM - 8 PM

Deity Worshiped: Lord Shiva

 

#9 Kanjanur Sukran Temple

Popular Temples of Kumbakonam

Kanjanur Sukran Temple is situated in the village of Kanjanur. It is 18 km from the city of Kumbakonam.  The temple has been established with the common belief that Lord Shiva is all-pervading and that Venus is located within the stomach of Lord Shiva. The temple is also known as Agneeswarar Temple and is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Sukra i.e. Venus. The presiding deity of the shrine is Lord Shiva which is in the form of Agneeswarar.

 

Best Time To Visit: Any time of the year

Timings: 7 AM - 12:30 PM, 4 PM –9 PM

Deity Worshiped: Lord Shiva 

 

#10 Thirunageswaram Temple

Popular Temples of Kumbakonam

The Temple is commonly known as Rahu Temple which is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Thirunageswaram temple is situated in the Thirunageswaram.village. The nine planets Navagraha Sthalam is what The temple is associated with especially Rahu. The temple is enshrined by shivalinga which is worshipped as Naganathar, and Lord Shiva’s consort Goddess Parvathy, who is worshipped as Pirasoodi. Alike many Shiva temples in the area, this one is revered in the Tamil canonical work Tevaram and is classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam.

 

Best Time To Visit: Any time of the year

Timings: 5:45 AM - 1 PM , 4 - 9 PM

Deity Worshiped: Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati

 

Best Time To Visit Kumbakonam

December to February are the best months to visit Kumbakonam. The temperature ranges from 20°C to 26°C  and provides a pleasant atmosphere to enjoy the sightseeings. 

 

Where To Stay & Eat?

One can either stay in Thanjavur and make a day trip to Kumbakonam or stay in Kumbakonam to visit its temples. There are numerous hotels in both Thanjavur and Kumbakonam catering to various budgets. Mangalambiga Coffee and Tiffin Center, Harry Bhojanam, Shri Balaji Bhavan are few places where you can have your meals during your trip. Most of the hotels in Kumbakonam offer vegetarian fare. The town is also known for its ‘Degree Coffee’ which is served in brass tumblers. The coffee is prepared with thick milk, is boiled to a certain temperature, and gets its name due to this. 

 

How To Reach?

By air: The nearest airport to the city of Kumbakonam is the Trichy or the Tiruchirappalli Airport, located at a distance of 96 km from Kumbakonam. 

By transport: Kumbakonam is bestowed upon with a wide array of roads which are connected conveniently to various cities with NH36 that passes through the territory of the district.

By waterways: Nagapattinam is the nearest port to Kumbakonam, which is located at a distance of 50 km from Kumbakonam. 

By rail: Frequent trains from Bangalore, Chennai, Tiruchirapalli, and various other cities come down to Kumbakonam, thus ensuring better connectivity to the city.


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Kumbakonam is popular for its temples and monasteries. It has its historic beauty and architectural importance. It is said that there are about 188 Hindu temples within the Kumbakonam region. Besides these, there are several temples around the town that gives it the sobriquets which are "Temple Town" and "City of temples.” Kumbakonam is also a perfect place for shopaholics as it has several markets that spread across the town which is famous for its indigenous products. It comprises famous temples like Kasi Viswanathar Temple, Adi Kumbeswara Swami Temple, Nageswaran Temple, Chakrapani Temple, Airavathesvara Temple, & Sarangapani Temple. Apart from many beautiful temples in Kumbakonam, the town is known for its grand festival called Mahamaham festival which is celebrated every twelve years at the Mahamaham Tank.
There are around 188 temples in Kumbakonam. Many of the religious sites in Kumbakonam are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Kumbakonam is one of the prominent temple towns in the Cauvery region and has the holy tank of Mahamaham. The town is lined with colorful gopurams of numerous temples and is also a prominent place for religious studies. A few of the famous temples are Kasi Vishvanathar Temple, Adi Kumbeshwara Swami Temple, Nageswaran Temple, Sarangapani Temple, etc.
Here's a list of all that you can buy while in Kumbakonam. Gods and Goddesses shrine is now available in their traditional forms and in new avatars. The designs of different idols with beautiful intricacies are one the most attractive item you can purchase from Kumbakonam. It is also famous for its handicrafts and metalwork where you can put your hands on the hand-artifacts like lamps, hand-worked items, wooden and metal sculptures. You can also buy Silk and Kanchivaram saris, Kumbakonam Degree Coffee, Temple Jewellery from the famous markets like TSR Big Market, Sarangpanni Sannathi Street, Nageswaran North, etc.
There are around 188 temples in Kumbakonam, many of which are the religious sites in Kumbakonam which are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. For lovers of history and those seeking to understand Hinduism and India's mythological roots, Kumbakonam offers an ecstatic journey. The famous temples in Kumbakonam are Kasi Viswanathar Temple, Adi Kumbeswara Swami Temple, Nageswaran Temple, Chakrapani Temple, Airavathesvara Temple, Sarangapani Temple, Uppiliappan Temple, and Mahalingaswamy Temple.
Vegetarian food rules in the region of Kumbakonam with pre-dominantly Tamil cuisines. You can try out the South Indian cuisines which will tickle your taste buds. Places like Taj Samudra, Hotel Chela, Hotel Sri Venkkatramana, Pandian Hotel, Sri Mangalambiga Vilas, etc are a few of the best food corners where you can eat and enjoy the time with your family.
Kumbakonam has a rich collection of finest silk sarees which are handmade by the locals. It is known for the metal sculptors and the idols of Hindu god and goddesses which are entirely crafted by the local artisans. It is also famous for the temples and monasteries. It has its historic beauty and architectural importance. There are many temples around the town that give the town the sobriquets "Temple Town" and "City of temples"
The cost usually varies with the inclusions in the packages. If you plan for a trip to Kumbakonam for 4 Days/3 Nights then the prices may be nearly Rs 22000 per person including flight charges. For an 8 Days/7 Nights trip, the cost will be around Rs 34000 per head.
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Last Updated : Jan 15,2021
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