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Oppiliappan Temple

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Uppiliappan Temple, Kumbakonam

Radha Krishnan
5th Jan 18

Awesome temple

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Sarangapani Temple

Radha Krishnan
5th Jan 18

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Reasons to go to Kumbakonam

1To view the sunrise from the 12th-century temples of the Chola dynasty
To view the sunrise from the 12th-century temples of the Chola dynasty

HolidayIQ Reviewer adds, “One of the temples within the city limits; I would suggest going in the early morning, it's peaceful and can feel the sunrise and nature! There is a local belief that the worship during morning, afternoon and evening needs to be performed at the three Nageswaran temples namely Nageswaran Temple, Tirunageswaram and Thirupampuram respectively

HolidayIQ Reviewer says, “Huge temple in Kumbakonam! I would suggest going in the early morning, it's peaceful and can view the sunrise! This was built by Cholas in 10-12th century. The Airavateswara temple at Darasuram is a classic example of Chola art and architecture.


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Subramanian Ss

Subramanian Ss5.0/5

2 reviews

Religious home

It is a wonderful religious place where one can find all temples of tgheir. Worship. All temples are within reach of any individual. One can reach any temple by auto or taxi. One must visit the temples in kumnbakonam town like siva temples, primal temple. Besides this sone can reach thirunallar(saturn god) 56 km from kbm 1. 30 hours drive one way, darshana will take 30-40 minutes on ordinary days and on saturdays it will take long time. It is better to Bath in the tank near by saturn(sani) temple for those who go for first time . On way back from thrunallar, there is a temple called Badrakaali Amman temple in ambaaharathur on the main road itself where on e can see the Amble. /Kaalin in a very wsonderful form. On tehe way tehre is and ketu)tolgether where pariharam can be done. In and around kumbajkonam you have alaamost all the navagrahaa temples which are a must for anyone to visit atleast once. Staying is easy :lot of guest houses like iyyangar guest house(1000 home stay (1400) plus other hotels andc guest houses . Food: one can visit krishna hotelmess) in kamatshi josxier, it is a small one in a tiled house where foods are cooked in unconventional stove). Idly, dosai of any jkind, pongal, vadai, chappati, parotaa and esp the halwaa is really good and it is very verh affordaable to anyone at that price. I have beent ravelling to Kumbakonam for more than25/30 years almost once in 2 months and I frequent only this mess. Vbesides tehre is murucan cafe where the tiffin is good so also the lunch. Ropom is also good in murugan ghomne stay is a unlovely plave like a star hotel where rooms are cosy and hygiene and you get tiffin and coffee . Every lodge or guest house or hotel have facility to arrange transportation with friendly drivers . Aall guestg house/hotels/lodges have displayed reg Kumbakonam atemples so no one need to bother if they don't know it . Besides all temples near alaangudi tghere is a temkople called. YAMESHWAR(SIVA) WEHICH IS A SMALL TEMPLE IN A NEAR VILLAGE EASILY REACHABLE. THIS PLACVE HAS GOT A. Importance. Herrte lord yama came and informed to lord siva anthat he got fed up witgh his duties of snatching the lives and want to giver up. But lord siva advised him to continue and conferred on yama the easwar title and so lord yama is called yameshwar. Here there is a tank which has auto spring and water is always tghere. One can Bath, take water and placve it be efore the deity and get archana performedd by preiestg and taker it to hom and drink every morning one spoon which will. L give long life and also it helps cure all kinds of disease. There has been many who got it practically redressed their health problems. You haver to visit and see it . Don't miss this when you go to Kumbakonam. On the way back from this tem, ple you can see lord guru also .

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Kumbakonam is in Tamilnadu with Chennai and Tiruchirapalli as the nearest airports. I flew to Chennai and from there drove down to Kumbakonam which is a 6 hours drive. It was drizzling continuously - but the roads are good with enough restaurants on the highway. The last 2 hours were not on highway but on interior road - even they are not bad.
At Kumbakonam the main attractions are the numerous temples for all Gods and Goddesses, the itemised being Kumbeswarar temple, Sarangapani Temple, Ramaswamy temple. My interest was in going to Swamimalai which is one of the 6 temples of Karthikeya. I went to Swamimalai which is 7 kms from Kumbakonam. The temple is beautiful, peaceful and has divine feel. It was raining and hence not much crowd was there. I had a peaceful darshan and went to Uppiliappan Temple nearby. Here MahaVishnu is holding Mahalakshmi on His chest and the pooja is for both of them together. Here again, due to the rains, there was no crowd and I had very peaceful darshan.
The hotels in all these places serve simple food. I was disappointed not finding a typical "mess" which used to be there 30 years ago, where home-made food will be served and the food taste used to be amazing.
I intend going to this place again to explore each and every temple in this city of temples.
Don't forget to have Panneer Soda and Kumbakonam vetrilai! Also have filter coffee and Ilai chappadu in vegetarian hotels. I had lunch in Venkatramana hotel, where in a board everyday an artist draws some episode from Hindu mythology. Don't miss this also.

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Kumbakonam Overview

History of Kumbakonam

Kumbakonam, the famous temple city of South India, is one of the oldest towns situated in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. Picturesquely located and bound by two rivers, Kaveri and Arasalar, Kumbakonam is famous for the Mahamaham Festival that is celebrated once in 12 years. This festival attracts lakhs of devotees to the town. The destination is also well known for its prestigious educational institutions, betel leaf farming and brass vessels. The name 'Kumbakonam' in English means the 'Jug's Corner'. Kumbakonam is also spelt as Coombaconum in the British Indian accounts. It was formerly known by the name of Kudamukku in Tamil. The main things made here are brass, bronze, copper and lead vessels, silk and cotton cloths, pottery, sugar, indigo and rice.

Things To Do in Kumbakonam

Kumbakonam is home to many temples and mathas. There are about 188 Hindu temples located here. The most important temples in Kumbakonam are the Sarangapani Temple, the Kumbeswara Temple and the Ramaswamy Temple. The city has two Vellalar mutts located in nearby towns and a Raghavendra mutt in Kumbakonam. There is also a branch of the Vaishnavite Ahobila Mutt in Kumbakonam.The 12 storey-high Sarangapani Temple was constructed by the Nayak kings in the 15th century. In the Ramaswamy Temple, the main idol of Lord Rama was made from a single piece of saligrama. The Kumbeswara Temple is considered to be the oldest shrine in the town. At the centre of this temple, is the Mahamaham tank where pilgrims from all over the country bathe during the Mahamaham Festival.The temple of Nagesvara has a separate shrine for the Sun god Surya, who is believed to have worshipped Lord Shiva here. Kumbakonam has one of the few temples dedicated to the Hindu god Brahma. Five km south-east of the town, at Patteeswaram, is Sri Thirupureeswarar Temple and around 8 km west of Kumbakonam is Swamimalai, one of the six abodes of Lord Murugan.The Govt. Arts College at Kumbakonam is among the oldest colleges in Tamil Nadu, which had received the title of 'The Cambridge of South India'. The famous mathematician Ramanujan studied in this town. A popular Sanskrit saying depicts 'Kumbakonam' as even more sacred than Varanasi or Kashi.

Food and Shopping in Kumbakonam

Kumbakonam has a lot of affordable restaurants that offer delicious food. Some of the popular ones include Raayas Hotel, Aachi Restaurant and Shanmuga. Having the local coffee is a must for all tourists as it is considered to be one of the best in South India. Kumbakonam is famous for carved Panchaloha idols, silk products, brass and metal wares.

Accommodation in Kumbakonam

The nearest airport to Kumbakonam is in Tirchy. Tourists can book a bus from the airport to get to the city. A six-hour bus ride from Chennai can also take tourists to Kumbakonam. The railway station in the temple city is connected to Chennai, Coimbatore, Bangalore and Thirunelveli. Getting around Kumbakonam is not difficult. Hiring an autorickshaw is the easiest option. However, haggling is a must or tourists can agree on a fare beforehand. The city has two taxis stands - one near the bus station and the other near Town Hall. Local buses can also be used to travel around the town.Accommodation option in Kumbakonam Tourists in Kumbakonam can avail various accommodation options, ranging from budget hotels to 5 star hotels.

Photos of Kumbakonam

Ramaswamy Temple, Kumbakonam

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Ananth Pranesh

sculpture on pillar
Adi Kumbeswarar Temple, Kumbakonam

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Jagdish Raval

Adi Kumbeswarar Temple, Kumbakonam
Ramaswamy Temple, Kumbakonam

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Ananth Pranesh

Ramaswamy Temple, Kumbakonam
Ramaswamy Temple, Kumbakonam

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Ananth Pranesh

temple entrance

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