Kumbeswara Temple is one of the largest and oldest Shiva
temple in Kumbakonam
, Tamil Nadu
. The presiding deity here is Lord Kumbeswara and the presiding Goddess is Sri Mangalambigai. Adi Vinayaka (Lord Ganesh
) is also worshipped here.
The temple is a unique blend of fine sculpture and exquisite architecture. Its main Gopuram is 128 ft high and has many carved sculptures on it. There is a Navratri Mandapam where all the 27 stars and 12 rashis (signs) have been beautifully carved out on a single block of stone. There are a number of silver vahanas (palanquins), which are used to carry the deities at festival times.
Mahamagam Festival, celebrated here once in 12 years, is a major draw attended by thousands of devotees from far and near.
The temple is open from 05:30 to 12:00 hrs and from 16:00 pm to 20:00 hrs.