Adi Kumbeshwarar Temple, Thanjavur

Currently Open [Closes at 08:30 pm]
  • Address: Tirukoodamukku, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Timings: 06:00 am - 08:30 pm Details
  • Phone: +91-4352420276
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site, Architecture
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About Adi Kumbeshwarar Temple, Thanjavur

It is said that when the world was moving rapidly towards destruction, Lord Brahma approached Lord Shiva for a remedy. The lord told him to build a pot filled with nectar of life and float it in water. He is said to have taught Lord Brahma the way how to leave it on water. Legends say that the pot stopped at a place and Lord Shiva shot an arrow to break the pot. The pot broke and the nectar of life spilled all over and this is where came up the Shivalinga which is now known as ‘Kumbeshwarar’ Temple. The temple was built around this Lingam during the Chola rule and later other developments were done by the Nayakas.

Kumbeswarar Temple is a famous Hindu temple in the town of Kumbakonam. The prime deity here is Lord Shiva better known as Kumbeswarar. There is the lord’s consort here known as Manthrapeeteswari Mangalambika. The main festival here is ‘Mahamaham’. Other festivals celebrated here are- Sapthasthanam festival, Thirukalyanam Festival, Tirumanjanam festival, Adi Perukku and Adi Pooram festival, the Panguni festival and the Panchamurthis festival.

The beautiful architecture of the interior can be seen from the exquisitely carved towers, walls and ceiling. There is not an inch without proper designs made there. The other features of the temple that will just keep you spellbound are-

  • The 4 huge towers that seem to have no end. The most attractive is the eastern entrance of the temple which keeps you awestruck given its massive height.
  • The temple has three huge parts and the songs and hymns of early Tamil saints are beautifully inscribed on the walls. These ornamentations were later beautified by the later Cholas, Nayakas and the Marathas.
  • There are scenes from the religious Puranas amazingly sculpted on the walls when you walk through the pathways on your way to the main sanctum. There are also exclusive motifs of the 12 zodiac signs and 27 asterisms. The chains hanging from the ceilings look like they are made of iron but surprisingly there are excellent examples of stone cuttings.
  • The most interesting attraction here is the ‘Nadeswaram’, meaning a wind instrument that can still be played.
  • The Lingam is kept in a beautiful silver case. It is never bathed as it is said to be very brittle. It is only coated with ‘punugu’ which is the oily, perfumed secretion of the civet cat.
  • The hall of the Goddess ‘Mangalambigai’ which means ‘the one who is auspicious’ is splendid. The tall idol of the Goddess is coated with pure gold. The base on which it is standing is also solid gold. She is said to be worshipped with as many as 72 Crore mantras.
  • At the end of this hall is a striking bedroom, better known as Palliyarai which means ‘bedroom of the Goddess’. The walls and ceilings of this room are decorated with vegetable dye paintings and gem encrusted Tanjore Art. This will simply leave your jaws hanging.
  • Another beautiful shrine amongst the cluster of precious gems is that of Jurahareshwar, which means ‘he who destroys fever’. Devotees pray to him to cure fever.
  • The Pottramarai Tank is that is infront of the temple is used by the devotees to bath themselves during the Kumbh Mela, which is held every 12 years. Legend says that many million years ago 12 holy maidens had bathed in this tank.
  • The other deities worshipped here are- Sapta Mathas, Kamadenu, Bhava Linga, Mahalinga, lord Dakshinamurthy, Lord Valanchuzhi Vinayaka, Lord Bhikshadana, Muruga, Akshayalinga, Sahasralinga, Mothers Annapoorni, Gajalakshmi, Mahalakshmi and saraswati. There are also shrines of Ashtabhuja Durga, Navaneetha Vinayaka, Kiradhamurthy, Bhairava, Jurakeswar, Sashtha, Nagambal.

This temple is said to bring you lots of goodluck and destroy all evil powers affecting you.

Adi Kumbeshwarar Temple Information

  • Photography is allowed.
  • There are food stalls in the complex and they are ofcourse all vegetarian food.
  • Bathroom facilities are available here.
  • There are many other functions that can be organized here or special pujas are also done here. You have to contact the temple authorities for these in advance.
  • Half boiled rice kanji or better known as porridge is served to the Jurahareswar God here.
  • Wearing of shoes inside temple complex is allowed.
  • There are locker facilities also.

How To reach Adi Kumbeshwarar Temple by Public Transport

  • Nearest airport is Tiruchirappalli
  • Nearest railway junction is Thanjavur
  • Nearest bus stoppage is Kumbakonam

Restaurants Near Adi Kumbeshwarar Temple

  • Murugan Cafe
  • Srathas restaurant
  • Thanmayi Restaurant
  • Hotel Shri Ariyabhavan restaurant
  • Diamond Restaurant
  • Hotel Karthik
  • Sewel Amitha Restaur
  • Anas Restaurant
  • Durga Bhavan

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