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Adi Kumbeswara Temple

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.

Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Thanjavur
Location: Kumbakonam    


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