Airavateswara Temple


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Airavateswara Temple Overview

Ranked 5 of 38 sightseeing in Thanjavur

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 DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
6:00 AM -7:00 PM
6:00 AM -7:00 PM
6:00 AM -7:00 PM
Public Holidays:
6:00 AM -7:00 PM

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Rathi Devan

Rathi Devan5.0/5

6 reviews

Best of 12th century

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 to not to touch those pillars and all , lot of them are fade out.
  • Best of 12th century
  • Best of 12th century
  • Best of 12th century
  • Best of 12th century

Vinod Ponoth

Vinod Ponoth4.3/5

29 reviews

Not to be missed

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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  • Not to be missed
  • Not to be missed
  • Not to be missed
  • Not to be missed

Siva Ram

Siva Ram4.3/5

3 reviews

Clean and well maintained

It is situated in darasuram .The temple is renovated at past mahamagam 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 lead 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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