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. Plan your visit to Airavatesvara Temple and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Kumbakonam travel route planner.
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  • Visit the place for its architecture. It is a world heritage site along with other great living Chola temples. It is about an hour (45kms) from the Brihadeeshwar temple (Tanjavur big temple), but it i...  more »
  • Airavatesvara is the old ancient Temple.Nice structure and all build with stone and also all the pillars were beautifully sculpted using single stone This really amazing and something weird how this c...  more »
  • This place is huge and so beautiful. The architecture and the art is out of the world. Just in awe of this temple. Unbelievable on how it was made a thousands years ago. It's also well maintained and ...  more »
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  • This temple is an excellent example for architectural confluence of North and South India. Undertaken by Unesco. .An architectural marvel of Rajaraja chola II contains innumerable miniatures of stories from ramayana, mahabharatha etc
  • The Airavatesvara Temple is in the town ofDarasuram, near Kumbakonam completed in 1166 CE. It is one among a cluster of eighteen medieval era large Hindu temples in the Kumbakonam area. The temple is dedicated to Shiva. It also reverentially displays Vaishnavism and Shaktism traditions of Hinduism, along with the legends associated with sixty three Nayanars – theBhakti movement saints of Shaivism. The stone temple incorporates a chariot structure, and includes major Vedic and Puranic deities such as Indra, Agni, Varuna, Vayu, Brahma, Surya, Vishnu, Saptamtrikas, Durga, Saraswati, Sri devi (Lakshmi), Ganga, Yamuna, Subrahmanya, Ganesha, Kama, Rati and others. The temple was much larger and once had seven courtyards according to inscriptions. Only one courtyard survives, parts of the temple such as the gopuram is in ruins, and the main temple and associated shrines stand alone. The temple continues to attract large gatherings of Hindu pilgrims every year
  • One of the best stone work I have ever come across. Excellent construction done by chola kings in 12 th century. Must see temple in your life time. Do visit and share your reviews.
  • Very neat and this place is preserved by archeological department.its very familiar for it's scluptures.
  • Hidden gem. Incredible architecture. The main deity here is lord Shiva and Shiva linga looks incredibly beautiful.

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As a tourist town and place of pilgrimage, Kumbakonam has a good range of accommodations to suit diverse tastes and budgets. Look right in the center, close to the main temples, for the greatest array of budget-friendly lodgings, with guesthouses and small hotels located right in the thick of it. Farther out, a few larger hotels make use of the additional space with extra amenities, including large dining halls, pools, and gardens.
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