104 & 105 T.S.R. Big Street,
Kumbakonam – 612 001.
Ramaswamy Temple is a temple dedicated to Rama, an incarnation of Vishnu located in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India. It is one of the prominent temples in the town and also one of the most prominent temples dedicated to Rama in India. This temple is also counted as a temple located on the banks of River Kaveri, and it is one of the five temples of Vishnu connected with the Mahamaham festival which happens once every 12 years in Kumbakonam.
The temple was built during the period of Thanjavur Nayaks king Achuthappa Nayak (1560–1614) and completed during the reign of Raghunatha Nayak (1600–34). The temple is enshrined within a huge granite wall and the complex contains all the shrines. The rajagopuram (the main gateway) has five tiers. There are exquisite sculptures on the pillars of the temple depicting various Hindu legends. Ramayanam is depicted in pictorial format in three segments in the first precinct.
The temple has six daily rituals at various times from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sri Rama Navami is celebrated in the temple with special pujas in March-April – Panguni Tamil month. On the Masi Maga day in February-March, Lord Sri Rama and Mother Sita visit the Maga Magam Temple Tank for a bath and offer Theertha Prasad to devotees.
The temple has beautiful architecture built by the Thanjavur Nayak kings during the 16th century. The sixty four pillars in the hall near the gopuram are sculpted with exquisite finess depicting various episodes of the Epic Ramayana. The temple has six daily rituals at various times from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and twelve yearly festivals on its calendar. The major festival in the temple is Rama Navami during the Tamil month of Panguni (March–April). Each pillar is carved out of a single stone and the delicacy is very prominent. Rama in the temple is depicted with Vyakarna Mudra, while Hanuman is depicted holding manuscripts. The other important aspects of the epic like coronation of Vibishana, coronation of Sugriva, relieving Agalya from her curse and Hanuman playing veena. The temple is atypical of the Nayak style of temples.
Ramasamy Bus Stop