Airavateswara Temple, Thanjavur

Airavateswara Temple

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3 Ratings & 3 Reviews

About Airavateswara Temple

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    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 6.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Saturday: 6.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Sunday: 6.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Public Holidays: 6.00 AM - 7.00 PM

Airavateswara temple is one of the pilgrimage attractions offered by the temple town of Thanjavur. Airavateswara temple, situated nearby Kumbakonam at Darasuram, is dedicated to Lord Airavateshwara or Lord Shiva.

As per legends, Airavata, the white elephant who is the vehicle of Lord Indra, worshipped Lord Shiva here to get relieved of the colour curse from Sage Durvasa.  It is believed that Airavata, with blessings from Lord Shiva, retained its white colour by bathing in the sacred water of this temple.

Airavateswara temple also has a minor shrine dedicated to Lord Indra with his mount Airavata.

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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3 traveller reviews for Airavateswara Temple

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Rathi Devan

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  • Rathi Devan
  • Lives in Ramanathapuram
  • 10 photos
  • 6 Reviews
  •  20 helpful votes
  •  10159 readers

"Best of 12th century"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 19, 2016
This was an awesome architectural proof of 12th century. Most of the sculptures are single stone but this temple has lot of statue with group of stones. I have forgot to see a statue with joint head of Bull and Elephant. If anybody see that make a picture of it. Try not to touch those pillars and all, lot of them are fade out.
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Vinod Ponoth

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  • Vinod Ponoth
  • Lives in Kochi
  • 60 photos
  • 28 Reviews
  •  47 helpful votes
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"Not to be missed"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 21, 2015
A place called Darasuram, near the temple town of Kumbakonam, is home to the Shiva Temple, where legend has that Lord Shiva is worshipped by Airavata, the white elephant, of Lord Indira, the king of gods. An architectural delight. Don't miss the small museum that is part of the temple. Although known as Darasuram today, it was originally called 'Rajarajeswara Mudayar'( Rajaraja Cholar) in the name of king.
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Siva Ram

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  • Siva Ram
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 3 Reviews
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"Clean and well maintained"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 4, 2014
It is situated in Darasuram .The temple is renovated at past Mahamaham and garden is maintained nice till now. It is also a stone temple with wonderful sculptures. Avoid going during rainy season. Any bus to kumbakonam via tanjore leads you to temple. Kumbakonam is 5km from temple with all facilities of lodging, guides, travels and variety of foods to eat. There are small shops and hotels nearby temple to get snacks and Tiffin.
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