Kumbeswarar Temple, Kumbakonam

Sri Kumbeswarar temple is located in the village named Kumbakonam, in the district of Thanjavur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Kumbeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Mangalanayaki.

The holy tree of this temple is Vanni. The holy water of this temple is Mahamagam, Pottramarai tank. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameeyam. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Kudamookku.

According to the local legends, “The glory of Lord of the temple is praised by Saints Tirugnana Sambandar and Tirunavukkarasar in their hymns. This is the 26th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.”

The important festivals that are celebrated with much festivity are Sabthasthanam festival in Chithirai (April-May), Aswathi star day in Masi (February-March), Tirukalyanam (wedding festival) in Vaikasi (May-June), Panguni festival (March-April) with special pujas, Aadi perukku and Aadi Pooram (July-August), Maha Shivarathri in February-March and Tirumanjanam in Aani (June-July).

The tank of the temple is known as Pottramarai tank. During the Mahamagam festival take bath in the tank. It is a famous festival celebrated once in 12 years as the Kumbh Mela in North. It is to be noted that a musical instrument made of stone known as Nadaswaram is well maintained in this temple. Tamil sculpture art is largely present in this temple.

The temple’s timings are between 6.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 4.00 to 930 p.m for devotees and pilgrims.

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