Kumbakonam is one of the oldest towns in Tamilnadu and is famous for its Mahamaham festival. In the 7th Century it was the Capital of Chola Kings. Kumbakonam, the famous temple town of South India, is picturesquely located amidst the two rivers, Cauvery & Arasalar.
Kumbakonam is the temple city of South India situated in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. The city is famous for the Mahamaham festival that is celebrated once in 12 years in the Mahamaham tank located in the heart of it. The town has also been well - known for its prestigious educational institutions which have turned out eminent stalwarts in diverse spheres. The town is famous for brass vessels. It is primarily a market town for the predominantly agriculture based villages surrounding it. Betel leaves are cultivated more in Kumbakonam since it is also called as Kumbakonam Vettrilai (in Tamil).
By Air : The Nearest Airport is Tiruchirappalli Airport 105 kms & Puducherry Airport 130 kms
By Rail : The Nearest Raulway Station is Kumbakonam
By Road : There are regular buses from other major cities of the country to Kumbakonam.
Nageswaran temple : This tempe was built by Aditya Chola during the 9th Century. This temple has Pralayakala Rudra Sannidhi. Adisesha and Surya had worshipped Sri Nageswara here. It is also a Rahu Parihara Sthalam. A legend has it that the mythological serpents Adiseshan, Dakshan and Kaarkotakan worshiped Lord Siva here. The orientation is structured in such a way that it allows sunlight inside the temple, right on the sanctum sanctorum only during the Tamil month of Chithirai (April/May). It is also called Surya Kottam or Keezha Kottam. It is said that Sanctum Sanctorum of both Nageswaran temple and the Sarangapani Temple are similar in the form of a chariot. The temple consists of three gopurams on the Eastern, Western and Southern sides. There is a local belief that, visiting Nageswaran Temple, Tirunageswaram and Thirupampuram in the Morning, Afternoon and Evening has significant meaning for Rahu Dosha Pariharam. First three days of Tamil Month Chithirai [Apr-May] the sun rays falls directly on the base of Sanctum Sanctorum.
Ramasamy Temple : This temple was built in the 16th Century by King Achutha Nayak of Thanjavur. It is located on the South East of Potramarai Kulam and South of Uchipillaiyar Koil. The temple has a 3-tiered Gopuram. Shrine of Sri Rama with Vyakara Mudra seated with Sita has been installed in the Sanctum Sanctorum. Lakshmana, Bharatha and Chatruguna is in standing posture next to Rama and Hanuman kneeling down holding the Manuscripts. The Outer Court has pillars sculpted with finesse, various sequences of Ramayana and each pillar is carved out of a single rock. Paintings of Pattabishekam[coronation] of Vibishnan and Sugriva; Hanuman playing the Veena, Agalya getting relieved of the curse too are found in the temple. The temple is a typical Nayak style of temples. One can read the Chitra Ramayana On the walls of the Sanctum Sanctorum while going around the Sanctum Sanctorum.
Chakkarapani Temple : The Temple is the solitary temple complex for Sri Chakrapani . Chakrapani other wise called as Sakarathazhvar, is on the north of the Periya Kadai Veethi [Big Bazaar Street] on the southern Bank of River Cauvery. It is believed Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Sudharsana Chakra to put down the arrogance of Suryan. It is said the Chakrapani has the third eye like Lord Siva. The Second biggest vaishnavite temple of Kumbakonam. Agampara Vinayakar, Panchamuka Anchaneyar and Thayar Vijayavalli are enshrined here in this complex. Utharayanam [Thai – Aani] and Dakshinayanam [Aadi – Panguni] have two different entrances to worship Sarangapani in the Sanctum Santorum. They are called as Dakshinayana Vayil [gate] and Utharayana Vayil (gate). The outer court adjoining the Sanctum Sanctorum has been designed like a balcony.
Kambatta Viswanathar : Pettai Adhi Kambatta Viswanathar enshrines the presiding deities of Kambatta Viswanathar and Anandha Nidhiambigai. It is located on the south of Adi Kumbeswarar Temple. It is called as Malathi Vanam also. This temple is also called as Kambatta Viswanadhari because the coin minting was done here during Nayaka Period. It is believed the famous saint ‘Thoomakethu’ found this temple.
Pana Pureeswarar Kovil : This is relatively a smaller temple complex located amidst the Panapuri Agraharam in the heart of the town. Veda Vyasar is believed to have visited this temple and worshipped the Lord Here.
Adi Kumbeswarar Temple
Uppiliappan Temple, Kumbakonam
Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai