104 & 105 T.S.R. Big Street,
Kumbakonam – 612 001.
It is believed that the name of the town Kumbakonam is derived from the legend associated with Kumbeswarar Temple, and an allusion to the mythical pot (kumbha) of the Hindu god Brahma that contained the seed of all living beings on earth. The temple is in existence from Chola times of the 9th century, and has been maintained by Nayaks during the 15-17th century. There are five silver-plated chariots in the temple used to carry the temple deities during festive occasions.
This temple is dedicated to the deity Shiva, located in the town of Kumbakonam in Thanjavur District Tamil Nadu, India. Shiva is worshiped as Adi Kumbeswarar, and is represented by the lingam. The presiding deity is revered in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work, the Tevaram, written by Tamil saint poets known as the Nayanmars and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam.
The temple has six daily poojas at various times from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Theerthavari festival is celebrated in the Mahamagam tank on Masi Magam (February-March).Tirukalyanam (wedding festival) in Vaikasi (May-June), Tirumanjanam in Aani (June-July), Aadi perukku and Aadi Pooram (July-August), Panguni festival (March-April) with special pujas.
The temple complex covers an area of 30,181 sq ft (2,803.9 m2) and houses four gateway towers known as gopurams. The tallest is the eastern tower, with 11 stories and a height of 128 feet (39 m) The temple has numerous shrines, with those of Kumbeswarar and Mangalambigai Amman being the most prominent. The temple complex houses many halls; the most notable is the sixteen-pillared hall built during the Vijayanagar period that has all the 27 stars and 12 zodiacs sculpted in a single stone. The present masonry structure was built during the Chola dynasty in the 9th century, while later expansions are attributed to Vijayanagar rulers of the Thanjavur Nayaks of the 16th century.
Kumbeswarar Bus Stop