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  Kumbakonam


The 7th century capital of the Cholas, Kumbakonam is one of the most ancient towns in the state of Tamil Nadu. The town is picturesquely positioned between two rivers Cauvery and Arasalar.


 
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How to Get There
  • Air
    Nearest airport Tiruchirapalli- 54 kms is connected with Cochin & Madras that is in Thanjavur.

  • Rail
    Kumbakonam can be Reached Easily From Different Parts of Tamil Nadu by Trains.

  • Road
    Kumbakonam can be Reached Easily From Different Parts of Tamil Nadu by Buses also.
  • Local Transport
    Local buses, cycles.
 
  Major Places of Kumbakonam

Holy Mahamaham tank

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.

   

Sankara Mutt

The Sankara Mutt was shifted to Kumbakonam around 200 years ago. It is positioned on the banks of River Cauvery and conducts regular Vedic classes and religious discourses.

 

Veda Patasala

Established by the Tanjore Maharaja in the 17th century, the Veda Patasala is 300 years old. Traditionally dressed students can be seen taking Veda classes in the premises. The institution is a must see for one and all.

 

Sri Kasi Vishwanathar Temple

Appreciated by Sambandhar in his work 'Devaram', the temple offers to see statues of Navakannigas, the nine rivers. Exquisite sculptures can be seen in the corridors.

 

Ragavendra Mutt

This place is considered to be holier than Mantralaya, where the brindavan of the Guru of Raghavendra's Guru seen in the southern side Cauvery. Saint Raghevendra is believed to have visited this place. Though devotees come here daily, huge crowd gets together on Thursdays.

   
Chakrapani Temple

It is the second Vaishnavite temple in Kumbakonam town. Here the main deity is Chakraraja and Sudharshana Chakra. This temple is considered to be one of the most important Vishnu temples in South India, along with Srirangam and Tirupati. Seven of the Alwars sang the glories of this temple. Lord Sarangapani is the presiding Deity of the temple.

   

Sri Nageswaran Temple

Appar has sung praises of the temple. The temple has wide corridors and has excellent carvings and beautiful statues. A big attraction for tourists is the chariot with Nataraja's ''Anands Thandavam'' pose.