Mahamaham tank, Kumbakonam

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Mahamaham Tank is a huge temple tank located in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India. It is considered to be the foremost and one of the largest temple tanks in Tamil Nadu. The Masimaham festival held in the tank has 0.1 million visitors and the 12 year Mahamaham festival has close to 2 million visitors.LegendIn the northern bank mandapa, there is an inscription of Tulapurshadana, a practise of weighing oneself against gold. The ceremony is observed during various times like equinoxes, commencement of an era and its ending, eclipses and Makara Sankranti. The ceremony is usually performed in sacred places like temples, rivers and tanks. The amount of gold thus weighed is distributed among deserving men. As per Hindu legend, after the end of each era, the whole world immerses in a deluge on account of the wrath of Hindu god Shiva for the sins committed by humans in earth. Brahma, the Hindu god of creation, recreated the world during the start of current Kali Yuga (Iron Age). Shiva declared that after the end of previous era, a divine pot would reach a holy spot. As the divine pot reached Kumbakonam, Shiva, in the form of a hunter, broke the pot with an arrow. The pot broke into many parts and scattered around, which became the cause for so many temples in the town - Kumbeswara, Someswara, Kasi Viswanatha, Nageswara, Kamata Viswanatha, Abimukeshwara, Goutameswara, Banapuriswara, Varahar, Lakshminaryana, Sarangapani, Chakrapani and Varadharaja. Brahma prayed to Shiva to allow pilgrims to visit the tank during the sacred occasion. Shiva acceded to the demand and is believed to arrive along with Vishnu and other celestial deities at the centre of the tank. Astronomically, when the planet Jupiter passes over Leo on the day of the festival, it is believed to bring all water bodies together and enrich the tank with minerals. Similarly, a lake in Kotihar in Jammu and Kashmir gets full supply of water the same day, which otherwise remains empty during the other 11 years. Since Brahma reconstructed the world after the last deluge, there is a temple dedicated to him in Kumbakonam, though he is cursed not to have any temple for him anywhere else.
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  • Everyone recalls Mahaa Maham as it comes around once in 12 years (next in Feb 2016). This tank which looks calm and peaceful on other days, becomes a mass of people all wanting to have a dip on the sp...  more »
  • The tank is fairly big and located bang in the center of city, well connected with public and private transport. The tank is located right at the mouth of Kashi Vishwanath temple and frequented by loc...  more »
  • Good location and well maintained .. Should not miss this location if you are in Kumbakonam. Lots of History on this location  more »
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  • Any festival of this great nation Hindustan, requires a 5* rating. Whether you know the language, place, culture etc or not is immaterial. The festival calls for a 5 star celebration. I was fortunate enough to witness the Maha Maham festival on 18.02.2016. The photos that I have uploaded belongs to the festival. They are not just about this tank, but about the entire festival. If my effort is useful, they click on LIKE below.
  • The place is close to Shiva temple and devotees visit this tank and serve food for fishes. People sit and relax around the tank. Hygiene needs lot of improvement. A place where you get a blissful and relaxed mood. One should not miss visiting the tank
  • Its a reputed tourist spot with good infrastructure to accommodate maximum tourists. Since time immemorial, the place is a reputed place for tourist gathering. Keeping this in mind, the Government took initiative to develop the place with sustainable development without harming the environment.
  • Mahamaham tank.. Best place to relax and timepass.. kadala poting and eating pani puri around the tank.. always special place to all in Kumbakonam.. love it
  • Mahamaham tank.. Best place to relax and timepass.. kadala poting and eating pani puri around the tank.. always special place to all in Kumbakonam.. love it
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