Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai, Kumbakonam

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Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai, one of the six holy Hindu shrines of Murugam. Located on a 60 ft (18 m) hillock lies the shrine of the main deity, Swaminathaswamy, and the shrine of his parents, Meenakshi and Shiva, are placed downhill. Bask in the atmosphere of the ancient in this temple which is believed to be in existence since the 2nd century B.C.E. Climb the sixty steps which lead to the three ‘qopurams’ or gateway towers to see the shrine and offer prasadam to the God. Learn about the Lord Vishnu from the priests. The climb may be difficult for older people. Plan to visit Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Kumbakonam attractions using our Kumbakonam vacation route planner.
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  • It is one among six murugan temples people should visit. It is located on a small hill top where u can reach it with less than 100 steps. It is located on the way to Thanjavur from Kumbakonam and loca...  more »
  • This is a old temple and big one also. You will find lots of brass making community located near the temple area. These guy are doing this generation after generation.  more »
  • I always deeply meditate a long time at this temple.. Been visiting here since childhood.. My mother,wife also feel the same  more »
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  • Very beautiful ambience.. Very powerful deity. Will feel light hearted after you visit this place..
  • Go with family and have your prayer. Return with heart full of happiness. Just make sure you are having all your family members around because the temple have openings on all four side. 😆
  • This place is absolutely a beautiful place which I would surely recommend all my friends out here to go to. Settled in a peaceful place , it takes the form of the place itself, giving peace to your mind an to your doubts in life. The Poojas and the aarthis in this temple mesmerised all the devotees . Good vibes.
  • It is one of the 4th padaiveedu (base) of Lord murugan. Here Lord is known as Swaminatha swamy.Beautiful temple with Lord sundarehwara(shiva) and mother meenakshi(parvathi) and Ganesha, the uniqueness of this temple is that there are 60steps one needs to climb to have lord murugan's darshan. Which indicates 60 Tamil years
  • This temple is one of the Arupadai Veedu for Lord Murugan, beautiful and well maintained. More powerful place

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Where to stay in Kumbakonam

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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