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Adi Kumbeswarar Temple, Kumbakonam

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Dating back to the 9th century, Adi Kumbeswarar Temple represents a mesmerizing example of the ancient Hindu architecture, while bearing a great historical, religious, and cultural significance. Visit and see the temple dedicated to the deity Shiva, and reflect on the grand sixteen pillars and towers, the tallest of which having eleven floors. Make sure you see the work of Tamil saint poets on site in the form of a book, which is treasured and respected. The temple a venue of twelve festivals during the year when all the locals gather and worship. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Kumbakonam holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Adi Kumbeswarar Temple and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The Gopurams have excellent carvings and shows the artistic talent of the sculptors. The old monuments have to be preserved as it is. Had great darshan of Shiva and Amman.  more »
  • It is an experience to go visit Adi Kumbeshwarar temple. Breath-taking view of the temple, massive structural wonder and its accessibility to different places like Tanjore, Thirukarugavur and many oth...  more »
  • The legend says that Shiva cretaed the Linga and worshipped it. The vessel(kumbha) containing the nectar of bliss drifted during the Huge Flood towards the southern part of India and settled here. HE ...  more »
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  • An awesome looking Hindu temple Specially for Lord Shiva. A great great magestic hallway with beautiful pillars of art. Super auspicious place and a wonderful temple space. Om Namah Shivaya
  • I felt very good when I visited this temple. It was a great experience worshipping here during sandhya kala witnessing Deepa aradane. If you visit kumbakonam, please don't miss this.
  • Kumbakonam is supposed to be the city of temples in Tamil Nadu - our taxi driver mentioned there are about 360 temples in and around that small town. So you do expect to see a number of temples. One of them of course is the Adi Kumbeshwar temple which, even by their standards, is a massively large temple complex in the heart of Kumbakonam. The temple construction itself is believed to be about 1900 years old though several upgrades happened about 400 years ago. We entered through the eastern side which is lined with shops on either side of a long corridor. We were very impressed that from a distance of more than 500 feet, we could see the Mangal Aarti to Shiva from close to the road entrance!! Serene and tranquil, like most temples, we loved this place and will be happy to recommend a visit.
  • Aadhi Kumbeshwar Temple is situated inside city of Kumbakonam. Its one of a big temple in kumbakonam . Its a historic place . Shiva is Syambu Linga here .
  • Lord Shiva announced that the Mango brought by Sage Narada would be presented to one who wins a marathon round of the whole world. Lord Vinayaka circumambulated His divine parents Shiva and Parvathy and established the fact that world means Father and Mother and going around them fulfilled the condition of competition. He won the mango. Based on this philosophy, the prakara structure of the temple covers both Lord and Mother shrines. In other temples, the prakaras are separate. There is no abishek to the presiding deity. The Linga is broad in base and sharp at the top as a needle point. The stones of the temple have musical tones. There is a lion sculpture in the Navarathri Mandap holding long stones on its head. The Pottramari tank – tank with golden lotus flowers – is in front of the temple. Those coming for the bath in Mahamagam tank bathe in this tank also. After their bath in the former tank, it is said that the Navakannikas bathed in this tank also. Hence, this is practiced. Kumbamuni Siddha is in the outer corridor of the temple. Devotees pray here for relief from the adverse aspects of planets. Mother Goddess is praised as Mangala Nayaki and Mantra Peeta Nalathal. Sage Tirugnana Sambandar in his hymns had praised Mother as Valar Mangai. Lord Shiva parted half of His body with Mother Parvathi, He had also parted 36 crore of His Mantra Shakti-power with Her. Mother also has Her share of 36 crore Shakti and the share of Lord makes it to 72 crore. Thus Mother is praised as Mantra Peeteswari. Of the 51 Shakti Peetas, this the first place. She wears the yellow sari with turmeric on the face and the Kumkum on the forehead. She glitters with all mercy. The Mahamaha tank measures 3 acres situated in the heart of the Kumbakonam town. During the Pralaya floods, when nectar flowed from the pot, Lord Shiva made it fall in a pit on earth. This pit is the Mahamagam tank. The Kumbakonam Mahamagam festival is celebrated once in 12 years on a Poornima-full moon day when Jupiter enters Kumba-Acquarius and Sun Simha zodiac signs. On this day, other holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Narmada, Saraswathi, Cauvery, Kumari, Bayodhini and Sarayu also bath in the tank to cleanse themselves of their sins. It is also believed that those bathing on this day in the tank, takes the benefit to seven families related to them. Lord Vinayaka of the temple is praised as Aadhi Vinayaka as He had arrived here well before Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi to the place. Lord Muruga had received the Mantra Upadesa from Mother Mantra Peeteswari before waging the war against Surapanma. He is praised by Saint Arunagiriar in his Tirupugazh hymns. Lord Shiva came here in the guise of a hunter (Kiradha) and broke the nectar pot here. Special pujas are dedicated to Him on the Magam star days by devotees to realize their wishes. Temple History: When the world was facing destruction due to the devastating tsunami, Lord Brahmma approached Lord Shiva to know wherefrom He had to restart creation. Lord Shiva suggested that Brahmma make a magic pot with the sand collected from various sacred places and float it in the flood water and also taught the procedure of leaving it on the water. The pot stopped at a place. Lord Shiva shot an arrow on the pot. The nectar spilled and spread on all directions. That nectar mixed with the sand and became a Linga. This Linga is Kumbeswarar.