Kumbakonam Places of Interest

Adi Kumbeswarar temple:

Adi Kumbeswarar

Adi Kumbeswarar temple is the major one among the Saivite temples and located in the centre of Kumbakonam at Big Bazaar Street. This temple covers an area of 30181 sq.ft. with a length and breadth of 750 feet, and 252 feet respectively. This temple comprises of three Praharas and three Gopurams in the Eastern, Northern and Western directions. It is believed that Govinda Theeksithan, the Chieftain of Achutha Nayakar of Thanjavur, renovated this oldest temple during 16th century. The East Gopuram consists of 9 stories with a height of 128-ft. Mangala Theertham, Marriage hall and small temples for Muruga, Ganapathi and Mangalambigai are other major constituents of this temple. Ph : 0435-2420276.

Sarangapani Temple :

5 km from Bus Stand. This 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 of 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 like a chariot.Ph : 0435-2430349.

Somessar temple:

Somessar temple is situated in the southern portion of Sri Sarangapani temple. This temple is facing the northern 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 13thcentury of Chola period. Arumugam and Thenar Mozhi Ammal are the other deities located in this temple complex.

Sri Agneeswara Swami Temple - Kanjanoor :

Kanjanoor Temple is associated with Sukran – the plant Venus and is – regarded one of the nine temples in the Thanjavur linked to the navagraham. Kanjanur is considered as the 36th in the series of the Tevara Stalams located in Chola nadu north of the river kaveri. Legends : brahma was blessed with a vision of Shiva’s marriage with Parvati here. Agni worshiped Shiva here and hence the name Agneeswarar. Temple : This temple has two prakarams and a five-tired Rajagopuram at the entrance. Images depict legends related to haradatta Sivacharyar. There are shrines also dedicated to Maanakkanjaarar nayanmaar and Kalikkaamar here. Stone images of nataraja and Sivakami in the Nataraja Sabha and is called the Mukti mandapam. The Shivatandavam is called Mukti Tandavam. Legend states that Shiva blessed Paraasaramuni with a vision of the cosmic dance here. Inscriptions from the Chola and Vijayanagar periods can be seen in this temple. Festivals : A festival commemorating Haradatta Sivacharyar is celebrated in the Tamil month of Thai each year. Mahasivaratri, Arudra Darisanam, Navaratri and Aadi Pooram are also celebrated here. Located at Kanjanoor Post, Tanjavur, Ph : 0435-2473737.


DegreeCoffeeThe Kumbakonam ‘degree coffee’ is made with the finest coffee seeds, is slow roasted, and distilled in brass filters. The ‘degree’ refers to both the purity of the milk as well as the heat at which the ingredients are mixed. The flavour of the coffee is ensured by always keeping the decoction warm, in a double boiler. The milk should be freshly boiled and must not simmer. One more thing: coffee is never as aromatic as when the decoction is extracted from as brass filter. Kumbakonam degree coffee comes in a tumbler and dabra, a Shallower vessel into which the scalding hot coffee is swished from a height in long, swift streams, so that when the steaming beverage finally rests in front of you, its is frothy and fragrant. You can taste the ‘degree coffee’ at Venkatramana Hotel.



Nageswaran temple:

Nageswaran temple otherwise known as "Koothandavar Kovil", is located near the old bus stand area and Adithya Cholan of Chola dynasty constructed this temple during 12th century. This emple 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 Kottam" 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 Eastern and Western directions.

Chakkarapani Temple:

Located 6 km from the Bus stand northern portion of Big Bazaar Street near the river Cauvery and second biggest Vaishnavite temple in Kumbakonam town. The Eastern and Western entrances of the temple are known as "Thatchinaya Vayil" and "Utharayana Vayil" respectively and outer Prakara of this temple is made in the form of Balcony. Agampara Vinayakar, Panchamuga Aancheneyar and Vijayavalli are the important idols located in this temple complex. Ph : 0435-2403284.

Sri Bodhendra Saraswati Swamigal (Athistanam) :

Bodhendra Saraswati was the 58th Sankaracharya of the Kamakoti Mutt and was the author of the authoritative work “Namamrta-Rasayanam”, which is a treatise on the efficacy of reciting the names of God for attainment of salvation. The story is told that he learnt of this in a flash through a conversation he overheard somewhere in Puri where a brahmin house-wife abducted by a muslim was reconverted and accepted by the husband as purified just by reciting the name of Rama once. He was born in Mandana Misra Agraharam at Kanchi as the son of one Kesava Panduranga. Bhoddendra’s former name was Purushottama. It was he who stressed the efficacy of devotion as a means to liberation in Kali. He therefore undertook the great task of Nama Siddhanta, or establishing the supreme efficacy of reciting the names of Bhagavan in many of his writings, chiefly in Namamrta Rasayana and Namamrta Rasodaya. His mission of Nama Siddhanta was pursued with equal vigor by Sridhara Venkatesa, or Ayyaval of Tiruvisainallur and by Sadguru Swami of Marudanallur. It was the Nama Siddhanta of Bodhendra that was ultimately responsible for the evolution of Bhajana Sampradaya as an institution in the religious life of the Hindu community in South India. Bodhendra performed Tatanka Pratistha at Jambukeswaram and while returning to Kanchi he attained videha mukti at Govindapuram on Full Moon day in the month of Proshtapada of the cyclic year Prajotpatti (1692 AD). It is said the spiritual presence of Bodhendra still abides at his Adhisthana at Govindapuram. It is said that in the calm silence of the night a melodious voice uttering Rama Nama is heard rising from subdued tones to a crescendo, and then fading into silence again. Contact : Sri Bodhendra Saraswati Swamigal Trust, Govindapuram - 612 102, Ph : 0435-2470620.

Sri Uthvaganatha Swami Temple, Thirumanjeri :

First Deity : Kalyanasundarar. Presiding deity : Uthvaganathar. Goddess : Gokhila. The devotee, whose marriage is getting delayed or not materializing due to unforeseen obstacles is solved once the devotee visit the shrine and pray for happy ends. They have to offer a garland to Kalyanasundaraperuman and perform an Archana. Childless parents are blessed with children. Couples, brothers and sisters separated both physically and sentimentally, join back with all love and affection The shrine unites broken relations. Festivals: Wedding Festival in the month of Chithirai (April-May) on Poosa star day for three days celebrated with great splendour. Monthly pradosha days draw huge crowd of devotees. Thirumanjeri is 18 kms from Mayiladuthurai and 75 from Nagapattinam.



Mahamaham Festival : Purnima of full moon day is auspicious for bathing in the Punya theerthas (holy rivers/tanks), the Magha Purnima is considered as the most sacred of all. The Masi Magham festival is celebrated every year on this day. The twelve yearly Masi Magam is called the Mahamaham. The Mahamaham festival is celebrated once in twelve years and attracts pilgrims from all over India on the full moon day of the eleventh solar month Magha. This time is considered especially auspicious for bathing. It occurs once in 12 years because the planet Jupiter takes 12 years (Feb & Mar.) to complete one revolution around the sun. (Kumbeswarar Temple). Contact : 0435-2420276. Located 5 km from the Bus stand


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