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Gangaikondacholapuram Temple

The temple at Gangaikondacholapuram ('City of the Chola who Conquered the Ganges'), 35km north of Kumbakonam, is dedicated to Shiva. It was built by Rajendra I in the 11th century when he moved the Chola capital...

Hindu Temple in Kumbakonam

Airavatesvara Temple

Three kilometres west of Kumbakonam, this late-Chola Shiva temple was constructed by Raja Raja II (1146–73). The steps of Rajagambhira Hall are carved with vivid elephants and horses pulling chariots. This...

Hindu Temple in Kumbakonam

Nageshwara Temple

Founded by the Cholas in 886, this is Kumbakonam's oldest temple, dedicated to Shiva as Nagaraja, the serpent king. On three days of the year (in April or May) the sun’s rays fall on the lingam. The elevated...

Hindu Temple in Kumbakonam

Kumbeshwara Temple

Kumbeshwara Temple, entered via a nine-storey gopuram, a small bazaar and a long porticoed mandapa, is Kumbakonam's biggest Shiva temple. It dates from the 17th and 18th centuries and contains a lingam said to...

Religious Site in Kumbakonam

Mahamaham Tank

Surrounded by 16 pavilions, the huge Mahamaham Tank is one of Kumbakonam's most sacred sites. It’s believed that every 12 years the waters of India's holiest rivers, including the Ganges, flow into it, and at...

Hindu Temple in Kumbakonam

Sarangapani Temple

Sarangapani is Kumbakonam's largest Vishnu temple, with a 45m-high eastern gopuram embellished with low-level dancing panels as its main entrance. Past the temple cowshed (Krishna the cowherd is one of Vishnu's...

Hindu Temple in Kumbakonam

Kashivishvanatha Temple

Just across the road on the north side of Kumbakonam's sacred Mahamaham Tank, this little temple contains a fascinating trio of river goddesses. The central goddess is believed to embody the Cauvery River.

Hindu Temple in Kumbakonam

Ramaswami Temple

Dating back to 1620, this temple at the southernmost end of Kumbakonam's main bazaar street has beautiful Nayak horse and yali carvings and fine frescoes.