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Kumbakonam: The Temple town of Tamil Nadu

Kasi Vishvanathar temple in Kumbakonam

Thanjavur, (Tamil Nadu), June 27 (UITV): Tamil Nadu has enough of narratives about kings and kingdoms who once governed this place. What every prospers rule by the Chera and Chola lineage left within the city are amazing architectures and temples which still possess their splendour. The city of Kumbakonam is the temple town of Tamil Nadu which holds several temples that worships lord Vishnu and lord Shiva. The Shiva temples are assoicated with Mahamaham festival which is celebrated once in twelve years. These temples are vibrant with different colours and festivals with different celebrations happening around the year. here are 5 most popular temples in Kumbakonam to add to your list that attracts a lot of tourist attraction:-

1. Kasi Viswanathar Temple

Kasi Vishvanathar temple in Kumbakonam is located near to the Mahamaham tank with the primary deity being Kasi Viswanathar or Shiva and his consort Visalakshi or Parvati. What absorbs here in the temple is the stala lingam, which is assumed to have been worshiped by Ram and Lakshman on their way to Sri Lanka, and is supposed to have been  obtained Rudraksham which aided them to kill the demon king Ravana. The idol is assumed to have been growing with ages. Masi Magam festival is commemorated during the month of February-March is the most significant festival here. The present stonework structure was constructed during the 16th century.

2.Adi Kumbeswara Swami Temple

Adi Kumbeswara Swami temple in the midpoint of Kumbakonam worships Adi Kumbeswara and the Lord’s companion Manthrapeeteswari Mangalambika. The huge temple shelters astounding artworks encompassing of three Praharas and three Gopurams. The east gopuram has nine stories and the temple is said to have been restored to its current structure in the 16th century. It has several halls, the interesting of these is the one with 16 pillars made during Vijanagara age.The single stone sculpture of 27 stars and 12 zodiacs speaks volumes about the engineering skills of the artisans.

3.Nageswaran Temple

Nageswaran temple is devoted to Shiva in the form of serpent king Nagaraja. Aditya Chola erected this in the 12th century and projects as a captivating structure that presents the expertise of the Chola dynnasty in architecture and astronomy. The temple is also known by the name Surya Kottam as sunlight enters the temple only during the months of April and May. Legend is that King Nala worshiped Lord Shiva here.

4. Sarangapani Temple

Sarangapani is a reknowned Vaishnavaite temple in Kumbakonam. Located in the midway of a occupied market street, this temple is said to be the tallest temple tower in Asia with its mammoth 12 storeyed Gopura built by the Nayak Kings in the 12th century. The chariot festival observed in the spring season engages thousands of devotees during the Tamil month of Chittirai. This temple devoted to lord Vishnu gets its name from the Sanskrit words Sarangam which mean ‘Bow of Vishnu’ and ‘Pani’ meaning hand. All the water tanks besides the Potramarai tank resides inside the temple. Legend has it that Goddess Lakshmi appeared from the Potramarai tank from thousand lotuses.

5.Chakrapani Temple

Chakrapani temple, located near the Kumbakonam railway station is devoted to lord Vishnu. Vishnu appears in his most mighty form, Sudarshana Chakra and thus the name, Chakrapani. Legend is that lord Vishnu sent his weapon to kill king Jalandasura. The weapon came through the river Kaveri and lord Brahma, who was stuck in amazement with the bright shining Chakra fixed its image in the place where the temple is now situated. This is one of the five Vishnu temples which takes part in the Mahamaham festival.
The beautiful pillars and religious shrines of the tempts one's mind with a sense of blissful silence. The walls and corridors, with their creative drawings, portrays the stories from mythology, religion, and battles fought by brave kings. Irrespective of being on a spiritual journey or a dreaming traveler who seeks to head to the past, these temples are supreme destinations for anyone. The staggering beautiful sky-scrapper gopurams of South India, then Kumbakonam entices one's mind with its legendary art work.