Vaishnava Nava Graha Temples in Kumbakonam
Sun (Suryan) : Sri Sarangapani temple ( Kumbakonam)
Moon (Chandran): Thirunandipura vinnagaram (Naadan Kovil)
Mars (Sevvai): Srinivasa Perumal ( Nachiyaar Kovil )
Mercury (Budan): Valvil Ramar Kovil (Thirupullamboothangudi)
Jupiter(Guru): Andallakummaiyyan (Thiruaadhanoor)
Venus (Shukran): Valvil Ramar kovil (Thiruvelliyankudi)
Saturn (Sani) : Oppiliappan Swamy ( Oppiliappan Kovil )
Rahu: Gajendra Varadan kovil (Thirukavithalam)
Kethu: Jagat Rakshakan kovil (Aduthurai Perumal Koil)
Mandi : Saranathan Kovil (Thirucherai)
Nachiyar Koil Kal Garuda Sevai
Nachiyar Koil is an important pilgrimage. Because , The Srinivasan Peruamal Divyadesam with Kalgarudan Bhagavan , The Siva Padal Stalam and Mangala Sani Temple, Akasa Mariamman Temple are there in this Nachiyar Koil Area. So, throughout the year the fiesttivals are occur in these temple. This is 10 Kms from Kumbakonam and 30 Kms from Thiruvarur in the bus route of Kumbakonam - Thiruvarur kal garuda sevai is important Festival.
Adhi Kumbeswarar Temple Kumakonam
The famous temple in Kumbakonam is Adi kumbeswarer temple. In this place the sacred Amutha Kumbam has its resting for sacred rise. Because of this, this place is named as Kudamooku and in due course Kumbakonam and then Kudanthai. The temple situate in the midst of the populated area of residence and business attracts large gathering of devotees every day. The structure of building is monumental and carries the glory of historical period. The temple is beautiful in structure and of art. The Rajagopuram is fantastic and is rich in structure and height. There are 3 prakaram in and around the temple of course three Gopuram for each prakaram. In the east side Amman temple is located and the deity is Mangalambigai.
Nageswaran Temple - Kudanthai Kizh Kottam
This Nageswaran Temple or Kudanthai Kiz Kottam is came out of the vilva tree leaves fell down from the kumba of pralaya kala with the grace of Lord siva in hunger rooba. This siva lingam is in the beautiful form. Thevaram has beautiful songs on this deity of kiz kottam. Lord Nageswarar is in the Linga Rooba. Avudayar is in taller. The base of the lingam is beautiful to took and pray. Lord sun came here to pray for mercy and kindness of the Lord. In the month of Chitharai, April on 11, 12 and 13th of Tamil Day. Sun rays rolling on the deity to prove the fact of his worship historical and ancient. The sun rays entering into the deity great is said to be the worshipping of sun. There is also a temple for sun in the north prakaram and a beautiful sannithi is there to worship him Aadhiseshan as guided by Lord shiva went to Kumbakonam. Prayed Nageswaran and bestowed with the power on his kindness and mercy. Aadhiseshan also found a Theertham.
Kasi Viswanatha Temple Kumbakonam
This Kasi Viswanathan Temple is situated at northern bank of the Mahamaham tank in Kumbakonam. This kasi Viswanathar is in Ruthra Amsam viz. Ruthra force. Lord Rama wants to add force of his might to destroy Ravana with additional force of Ruthra power which has to be granted by lord shiva is powerful to destroy the enemies. He approached sage Agasthiyar for guidance to have it granted by Lord shiva. The sage Agasthiyar acceded to the request of sri Rama and directed him to go to Kumbakonam to stay for some time to pray Kasi Viswanathan to get the powerful Ruthra power. As has been told by Agasthiyar Lord Rama came to Kumbakonam for dharshan of kasi viswanatha and daily he took prayers in the temple of kasiviswanatha regularly. After some days, Lord pleased on the devoted dedication of sri Rama bestowed him with the Ruthra power to sri Rama so as to destroy mighty Ravana a siva Baktha. For this reason the place is named koronam and in due course Thirukudanthai.
The Sri Sarangapani temple is facing east direction.This temple is the head of all the temples. Lord sarangapani is the deity. The Lord Sarangapani the deity of pralaya samhara is appearing with five snake hood as his resting He is in sleeping posture. The Urchava Lord is standing before with merciful look and devine grace. The Karbagraha is beautiful to witness.The two front vasals – entrances are named as Uthirayana vasal and Dhashanayana vasal. Thi Uthirayana front vasal will be opened for entrance during the month of Thai to the end of Adi end, for about 6 months for the devotees to enter and dharsan of Lord. The other entrance in the southern side will be opened for dharshan to devotees during the first day of Adi month to the end of Margazhi . This period is for 6 months. The two vasals for entering into the temples is thus defined for 6 months course in one year viz. Uttharayana and Dhashinayana period. The goddess komalavalli Thayar Sannathi is located near the Uthirayana vasalfor Dharsan. The Moolavar and Urchavar prime god is with beautiful form and in attractive look.
The beautiful Sri Ramaswamy Temple has been constructed during the period of Nayakars, kingdom. Dheeshatar under the guidance of the king, has constructed the temple with devotion. The temple is beautiful for its beauty and artistic nature. This temple is located in the south north of pottramarai kulam in the Tanjore road. Inside the temple premises Ramayana episode is painted in the wall in 219 paintings very beautiful and realistic, the urchavar and all other deity sculpture in the temple are very old and ancient glory. Sri Ramar and seetha is in one peedam, Lord Bharatha with umbrella. Chatrukanam with bow and arrow waiting for order to act and all in a pattabisheka pose. This is very marvelous and beautiful to witness and enjoy the blessings of the Lord sri Rama and other deities
This famous Sri Chakrapani Temple is siuated at Kumbakonam south or river cauvery in the street north end. This temple is a big temple next to Sarangapani temple of this sacred Kumbakonam . The Lord Chakrapani Perumal in this temple with a wheel bound Lotus shape Arukona Yanchra and in standing posture in great attraction, He is Seen in the wheel shape lotus, Arokona yabthra and this makes him named Chakrapani Lord, in this 8 hands there are Sangu, Chakkaram Bow, Ullakkai Manvetri, Gthai, Red lotus as wepons. The posing of the deity Chakrapani is in standing posture. There is no temple excusive for Sri Chakrapani swamy other than this one. So, it is a unique temple.
Sri Varaha Temple, Sri Rajagopalan Temple, Dasavatharam Temples are in heart of the Kumbakonam town.
Thirupurambiyam War and Temple
There was a time when pallavas reigned supreme in the south and cholas were their vassals. A Thirupurambiyam war broke out between the pallava aparajita and pandya varaguna. The gangas, the cholas under vijayalaya’s son aditya jointed the pallava in driving out the pandya. In gratitude the pallava king handed over the chola country to cholas (880 A.D.). this was the first foundation by which the cholas established an independent dominion. This grew on steadily and for 480 years their flag fluttered in the south. Thirupurambiyam Temple is oldest temple. The first circuit is called thirumaligai thiruvayal. It has a beautiful small gopura at the entrance. The goddess is karumbadu solli. She also bears the name kuravila azhagi To the south-east is Pralayam Katha Pilliar Koil. The legends declare that he saved this place from deluge and hence got this name. Punnai is the holy tree of this temple. It is in the north-west of the first circuit. This deity has been eulogized by the four Nayanmars. Sundarar who visited this place has praised as being a fertile grove yielding gold.
Thirubuvanam Kampahareswarar and Sarabeswarar Temple
This town is about 8 miles from Kumbakonam in the east. This place is equally famous for its silk sarees as Kanchipuram. The great Chola Kulottunga III (1178-1218 A.D.) had the title Thirubhuvanam. A Chola king killed a Brahmin inadvertently and he got kampa-shivering. He prayed to this God and got rid of his shivering – kampa. Hence the temple is also known as Kampahareswarar. The temple faces east and is visible for many miles around The temple has two prakaras each pierced by a gopura of small height. The Sarabeswarar shrine is located to the north-east of the main central shrine. It faces south. The legend of Sarabeswarar is very interesting. Narasimha after killing hiranya beames very ferocious and could not be controlled even by Devas. The Devas turned to Siva for protection and he assumed Sarabha’s from to hold back Narasimha
Srivanchiyam Vanchinathaswamy Yama Temple
Vanchinathaswamy is the main deity of this Srivanchiyam temple. It is 25 Kms from Kumbakonam, 15 Kms from Thiruvarur and 5 Kms from Nannilam. The goddess is called mangalambikai. Here is a separate temple to Lord Yama. Lord Yama is the Guardian of this temple (Kshethrabalagar). Lord Yama carries the Lord Shiva and Maherswari as vahanam in this Temple. People come here to worship the god as he blesses them with extended lifetime. Srivanchiyam is “one-sixteenth” more sacred than Kasi. Lord siva is said have told parvathi. Devotees are cured of illnesses after a bath in the Gupta Ganga (sacred tank) on the northern side of the outer Prakara. According to Puranas, a holy dip is equivalent to one in Varanasi, Rameswaram and the Mahamaham Tank. Amavasya Tarpanas performed at Srivanjiyam has added significance.
Thiru Innambur Shiva Temple
Lord of this temple is Ezhuthariouy Nathar /Aksharapuriswarar Goddess Kottar poonkuzhali. The lord has been in this temple with powerful grace to devotees. Agathiaya Munivar came here to worship the Lord. Theertham of this temple is Iravatha theertham. In the main pillar of the temple. Narthana Vinakaar is for worship. It is 6 Kms from kumbakonam.
108 Sivalayam Temples Papasanam
This 108 Sivalayam Temples Lord is situated at 1 km west from papanasam in the Kumbakonam Thanjavur Road. Sri Rama came to this temple for vanishing the sins for destroying the Asuras Karasthushanar and others. He installed 108 lingas in this temples. So, this is Papanasam 108 shiva linga temple. The lord in the 108 sivalayam is sri Ramalingam He is here to wipe out the sins of the devotees when comes to pray in the Sannathi.
Aavoor : The Lord of this temple is Pasupatheswarar and the Goddess of the temple is Mangalanayaki. The temple is at the Seventh kilometer from, Patteswaram, the village is named Madakoil Pasupatheswara the cows worshipped the Lord in devotions in this place and hence the name of the village named Aavoor.
Thiruneelakudi : Lord of this temple is Neelakandeswari and goddess Umai ammai . This .place is at 15 km From Kumbakonam Karikal road and is at 4 km from Kumbakonam Karaikal road and is at km from Audurai railwa station. Another name for this place is Thnnalakudi. IN THE Abishegam of oil to the Lord half of the oil will be in the Lord Thirummni itself and only half will come down. Varuna and Kanniyar prayed in this temple.
Thiru Mangalakudi : Lord of this temple is pranavaradeswarar and the goddess of the Lord is Mangalanayaki . This temple is at the distance of three kilometers from Auduthrai. Lord Sun, Goddess Mahakali, ThiumalaDevan have visited the temple and worshipped the Lord for blessings Thirugnana Sambandar and Thirunavukkarasa composed pathigams on the deity
Haridwara Mangalam : Lord of this temple is Bathaleswarar and goddess Alankara Nayaki. This is very nearer to kumbakonam Thirugana sambandar composed songs on this lord sivaperuman broke the horn of varahi in Avathar and placed it is hit chest.
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Kumbakonm to Chennai distance route map
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Kumbakonm to Bangalore distance route map
Distance : 355 Km Route : kumbakonam sethithope panruti tiruvannamalai uthangarai krishnagir hosur banglore Other Route : kumbakonam tanjore trichy karur salem dharmpuri krishnagiri hosur banglore.
Kumbakonm to Coimbatore distance route map
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Hotels in Kumbakonam
Many Star hotels are in and around Kumbakonam with medium to luxury rooms are available and Traditonal foods are also available here.
The Temples in and Around Kumbakonam