Kumbakonam Temples

ADI KURUMBESWARAR TEMPLE

This is the major temple among the Saivite temples. This temple is located in the heart of the town near the Big Bazaar Street. The area of the temple is 30181 square feet, 750 feet in length and 252 feet breadth. There are three Praharas and three tombs in the eastern, northern and western directions. Govinda Theeksithan, the chieftain of Achutha Nayakar renovated this temple. The eastern tomb has 9 stories and is 128 feet in height. The other things in the temple are Mangala Pond, Marriage Hall, Small temples of Muruga, Vinayakar and Mangalambigai.

SARANGAPANI TEMPLE

This temple is near Uchipilliar Kovil Junction at the east street. This is considered to be one of the three shrines of Lord Vishnu. This temple has the biggest tomb of 150 feet and five Praharas and one holy tank. The holy tank is located behind the temple. The Karuvarai and Vimanam in the temple are made with 12 sculptured columns shaped like a chariot.

SOMEESWAR TEMPLE

This temple is located south of the Sarangapani temple. The northern side has a small tomb and the eastern side has an entrance gate. The architectural style of the temple is a replica of the Dravidian Architecture. The temple complex has other deities Arumugam, and Thenar Mozhi Amman.

NANGESWARAN TEMPLE

This temple is also known as Koothandavar Kovil. It is near the old bus stand. This temple was constructed during the 12th century by Adithya Cholan. The Sunrays pass inside this temple only during the Tamil month of Chithirai. Because of this specialty the temple is also named as Soorya Kottam or Keel Kottam. .The Sanctum is a resemblance of the Sarangapani temple, in the form of a chariot. The temple has two tombs on the eastern and western directions.

RAMASWAMY TEMPLE

This temple was built in the 16th century by Achutha Nayakar. The temple has a Sanctum Sanctorum, a big hall and a tomb. The big hall stones are incarnated with stone carvings of Rama-Katha, Vamana Avatharam, Meenakshi Kalyanam and Sukreeva Pattabisekam. The outer Prahara has 219 wall paintings, which explains the events that took place in the great Indian Epic Ramayana. The temple complex also has Alwar Sannathi, Sreenivasa Sannathi and Gopalan Sannathi.

CHAKKARAPANI TEMPLE

This temple is located near the Big Bazaar Street and also near the river Cauvery. This is the second biggest of the Vaishnavite temples found in Kumbakonam. The eastern and western gateways of the temple are Thatchinaya Vayil and Utharayana Vayil respectively. The outer Prahara has the shape of a balcony. The other deities of the temple are Agampara Vinayakar, Panchamuga Aanchaneyar and Vijayavalli.