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Airavatesvara Temple, Kumbakonam

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Exquisite stone carvings and stairs producing musical sounds when struck make Airavatesvara Temple a true architectural wonder and a World Heritage Site. Built in the 12th century, this Hindu temple of Dravidian architecture is dedicated to Lord Shiva and packed with delicate carvings and mesmerizing ornaments. To appreciate the full splendor of the striking temple, consider taking a guided tour around the complex. Use our Kumbakonam itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Airavatesvara Temple and other attractions in Kumbakonam.
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  • The horse chariots and elephant stairways are excellent and there was only a few people there when I visited mid afternoon. There were a couple of "priest" hustling visitors to come into their chamber...  more »
  • darasuram is a shiva temple where lord shiva is worshipped as airavatesvara and godess parvathi as periya nayaki . the temple is with out any rush  more »
  • airavateswara temple darasuram is a hidden gem just 10 km from town of kumbakonam tamilnadu . one can see eight hundred years old temple architecture lord shiva is worshiped as airavateswara its a ama...  more »
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  • Raja Raja cholan grand son has built this temple. I can relate this kind of temple architecture with Belur and Halebedu temple's.
  • Love this temple for its architecture. Feels good to see the Big chakraas, elephant head shaped steps, big Sivalingam. This temple looks deserted but you will involve fully in seeing this temple. Well maintained lawn surrounding this Dharasuram temple. And its being maintained by the UNESCO as it a heritage site.
  • One of the Great Shiva Temples located in Darasuram. A master piece of south Indian culture. Has a well maintained Park around fully of green grass and tress. Best suited for children to play in the evenings, Must visit this place to enjoy the beauty. SG Associates - Kumbakonam
  • Airavatesvara Temple is a Hindu temple of Dravidian architecture located in the town of Darasuram, near Kumbakonam in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This temple, built by Rajaraja Chola II in the 12th century is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Temple built by Rajarajan 2 in 12th century. Indiras elephant Airavatam got a curse from Durvasar of color change. After taking bath in the temple pond it's color restored. Lord Yama worshipped Lord Shiva here. It is a UNESCO world heritage site.