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Kumbeswarar Temple:

This  temple  is  an  ancient  and placed its name in Indian  history .  The  presiding  Deity  of  this  temple  is Lord  KUMBESWARA  and  the  presiding  Goddess  is  Sri  MANGALAMBIGAI.  

Tradition  goes  to  say  that  during  the  Mahapralaya  ( Great Floods )  after  DWABARAYUGA,   a  KUMBAM  ( Pot )  full  of  amirtham  and  seeds  for  creation  was  set  afloat  by  Siva .   It  was  proclaimed  by  Shiva  Himself  that  the  place  where  the  pot  touched  the  ground  and  had  its  rest  would  be  considered  as the holiest  places  in  the  world .  
       Since  the  said  Kumbam ,  as  announced  by  the  creator  of  the  world ,  had  its  rest  in  this  place ,  this  ancient  place  is  named  as  Kumbakonam  after  that  Kumbam .   Immediately  after  its  rest  Lord  Shiva  appeared  in  the  guise  of  a  hunter  and  broke  the  said  Kumbam  full  of  Amirtham  with  his  arrow.   The  spilt  amirtham  pooled  together  in  a  place  now  known  as  MAHAMAHAM  TANK  where  in  millions  of  pilgrims  have  their  Holy  Bath  during  Mahamaham.   Then Lord  Shiva  gathered  the  stand,  spread the remaining  Amirtham in that place  and  shaped  it  into  the  present  " MAHALINGAM " which  is  known  as "SRI  ADHIKUMBESWARA". It  is  to  be  noted  that  this  Mahalingam   unlike  other  Lingams  found  in  almost  other temples,   is  not  made  of  granite  stone  and  as  such  Abishekams  cannot  be  performed  with  watery  substances  lest  it  should  dissolve  the  shape  of  the  Lingam.   

The  idol  Kirathamoorthi  is  a  special  feature  in  the  temple  and  it  is  a  standing  monument  to  commemorate  the  incidence  that ,  Lord  Shiva  HIMSELF  has  created  the  present  Mahalingam.  
            The  Saivaite  Saints, Appar  and  Sambandhar who  flourished  prior  to 7 th century  A. D.  have sung  devotional  songs ( THEVARAMS )  in  praise  of  the  Presiding  Deities  of  the  temple .   The  temple  was built  by  a  Chola  King  and  the  temple  building  itself  would  seem  to  have  been  renovated  by  the  Nayak  King.  Some  of  the  old  images  like  Sri  Ambal ,  Sri  Durgaiamman  and  Sri  Kirathamoorthi  bear  the  impress  of  the  antiquity  about  them. 


Sri Abhimugheswarar Temple:

The temple is situated in the eastern side of M' tank. Entrance is facing the west side with the Lord Abhimugheswarar and Goddess  Amirthavalli. 

Festivals :   Navarathri and Maham. 

Sri Kasi Vishwanathar Temple:

This temple has been praised by Sambandhar in his "Devaram". It is situated in the north eastern side of M' tank. God : Kaayarohanar. Goddess : Vishalakshi. The nine rivers called as Navakannigas are here in the form of statues. The corridors have very attractive sculptures. 

Festivals :   Aadipuram (Aashada ) and Maasimaham.  

Sri Gowthameswarar Temple:

This temple is in the south western side of M' Tank. God : Yagnobhaveetheswar 
Goddess : Sundaranayagi.

Sri Nageswaran Temple :

The temple had been sung by Appar. Wide corridors with excellent carve works and statues are seen. God : Nageswaran Goddess : Brihun Nayagi. A Chariot with Nataraj's "Ananda Thandavam" pose is one of the examples of rich art work. 

Prayings for the Sun God during the month of Chithirai ( April ) , Brahmotsavam during March/April are the important festivals.

Brahman Temple :

Pleased by the prayers of Brahma, Vishnu appeared here  as " Vedanarayan "  and "Varadharaja". The temple is in the banks of  Arasalaru river.

Ramaswamy Temple :

Sculpture works of the Nayakars' period decorate the pillars of the temple where Lord Rama is in the  ( rarely seen elsewhere ) Pattabhisheka  scene with Sita and his three brothers and  Anjaneya  at his foot. The paintings which depict Ramayana and the Dasavathara, seen in the corridors are very attractive.

Festivals : Rama navami  and Navarathri .

Sarangapani Temple:

An artistic tower of 147 feet high is the highlight of this temple. The Lord Vishnu is seen in his Ananda Sayanam pose under the Aathiseshan in a chariot. Separate shrines are the for Goddess Komalavalli, Anjaneya and Desikar. 

Vaikunta Ekadesi  which includes 21 days of festival and the car festival during the month of Chithirai ( Apr. / May ) are the important festivals.

Someshwar Temple :

God : Someshwar, Chikkesswar  Goddess : Somasundari. Wide corridors and high compound walls isolate you from the busy bazaar street  to divert the mind towards the Lord.

Kumbeswar Temple :

Lord Shiva in the form of Lingam made of Amirtha and Sand is the mail deity, and Mangalambika is the Goddess to the left of him. Lord Muruga has six arms. The various vahanas and the cars for the Lord to go as procession increase the pride of this temple. The temple has Mangala Pushkarini  Theertham and a small bazaar inside it.

Festivals : Maham, Navarathri, Mahasivarathri, Kirthiga Somavarams etc.,

Sri Chakrapani Temple :

This temple is  in the southern side of cauvery where Vishnu appears with the majestic 
" Sudharsan Chakra ". Fort Like walls are seen around the shrine.

Sri Kambatta Vishwanathar Temple :

Nayak kings have built this temple which is also called as " Malathivanam ".

Sri Banupurishwarar Temple :

This temple is in the north eastern side of the city in a isolated place. God: Shiva called as Banupurishwarar. Goddess : Somakalambigai.  This is the place where Shiva in the disguise of a Hunter broke the pot with an arrow.

Amman And Shiva Temple :

 Sri Sankaranayaki Sametha Skandhanaathar Temple at Eraharam is a very ancient temple. This was created by Lord Muruga himself and became the abode of His Parents, Lord Skandhanaathar and Goddess Sankari Amman.This Temple is hardly five kilometers from Swamimalai. Kumbabishekam for this temple is scheduled on 3.11.2000.


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