Once the capital city of Pandyas, Madurai is today the second largest city in Tamil Nadu. It is famous for the Meenakshi Temple with its towering gopurams and rare sculptures. The city is said to have got its name from the drops of nectar (Mathuram) that fell from Shiva's locks when he came to bless its people for constructing a temple for him. Originally named Madhurapuri or the 'land oIn the Southern India, the sacredness of a Lord Siva Temple is judged by the glory of the Temple having been visited and eulogised by one or more of the three celeberated Saivite Saints. Thirunavukarrasar, Thirugnana Sambandar, Sundarar in their Thevaram hymns.
There are 274 such Lord Siva Temples of Thevaram celebrity spread all over the land. The number of Lord Vishnu Temples celebrated in the hymns of the Alwars or as in some cases merely mentioned in them is counted as 108. These, called as " Divyadesas" spread all over the country. 69% of the Lord Siva Temples aThis Festival occurs when the sun is in the Zodiacal sign of Aquarius(Khumbha), Jupiter transists Leo(Simha) and the Moon is in conjunction with the constellation Maham. Generally all the these astronomical combination take place on a full moon day of the Tamil Month of Masi(Solar Kumbha Month) i.e. either in the latter half of February or in the first of March. The festival comes off once in 12 years. The festival was celeberated on 14/2/68, 1/3/80, 22/2/92.
Mahamaham bathing festival is concentrated on a single day, the concourse of pilgrims being all the more. The festival at Haridwar, Allahabad, Nasik and those in Andhra Pradesh happen to be bathing in river while the Mahamaham is bathing in a tank, generally followed or preceded by a dip in the River Cauvery at Kumbakonam.
The Centre of the Mahamaham festival is the Mahamaham Tank, a holy pool of nectar that followed out of Lord Brahma's Kumbha after it has been broken by Lord Siva's arrow shot. This Mahamaham tank is situated to SouthEast of the Adi Kumbheswarar Shrine, the principal ancient Lord Siva Shrine of the place. The Mahamaham tank, trapezoidal, (looking rectangular) in shape covers roughly an area of about five acres and a half with a full capacity depth of ten feet.
The Photograph of Mahamaham festival which was celeberated in 1992, February is displayed in the MainPage of Kumbakonam Online(KOL). The Next Mahamaham Festival will be held in the year 2004.
Holier than Varanasi(Kasi).
There is an oft quoted popular saying in Sanskrit noting Kumbakonam as even as more sacred than Varanasi(Kasi).
A sin committed at some ordinary place is washed off by a visit to a holy place. sin done in a sacred spot is washed off by going on a pilgrimage to Varanasi(Kasi). If one dares to commit a sin in that sacred city too, that sin is wiped off at Kumbakonam and any sinful act done at Kumbakonam is atoned for there itself. 37% of the Lord Vishnu Temples of the land are situated within the Chola Country.
In Kumbakonam town and within a radius of 20kms, 37 of Lord Siva Temples of Chola Nadu and 10 of the Lord Vishnu Divyadesas are found situated.
The names of these are given below.
Lord Siva Temples in Kumbakonam:Temples to the East/North East of Kumbakonam, Temples to the SouthEast of Kumbakonam Temples to the Southwest of Kumbakonam, Temples to the west of Kumbakonam, Temples to NorthWest of Kumbakonam, Temples to the Northeast of Kumbakonam
Lord Vishnu Temples in Kumbakonam:Temples to the West of Kumbakonam, Temples to the SouthWest of Kumbakonam, Temples to the NorthWest of Kumbakonam, Temples to the NorthEast of Kumbakonam
Temples in Kumbakonam:1. Adi Kumbheswarar Temple. 2. Nageswara Swami Temple. 3. Someswarar Temple. Temples to the East/North East of Kumbakonam 4. Thiruviyalur. 5. Thirunageswaram. 6. Thiruvidaimarudur. 7. Thirukkodika. 8. Tenkurangaduthurai. 9. Thiruneelakkudy. 10. Thirumangalakkudi.
Temples to the SouthEast of Kumbakonam:11. Kalayanallur(Sakkotai). 12. Thiru Chivapuram(Sivapuram). 13. Karukkudy(Marudhanallur). 14. Arisikaraiputhur(Azhagaputhur). 15. Penu Perundurai. 16. Thirucherai. 17. Thirunallam. 18. Narayur Chitteswaram. 19. Nalur Mayanam. 20. Karuvili. 21. Kudavayil(Kudavasal).
Temples to the Southwest of Kumbakonam22. Pattesvaram. 23. Thiruchathimutham. 24. Aavur. 25. Nallur. 26. Pazhayarai Vadathali. 27. Tiru palathurai. Temples to the west of Kumbakonam 28. Kottaiyur. 29.Thiruvalanchuzhi. Temples to NorthWest of Kumbakonam 30. Innambur. 31. Thiruppurambiam. 32. VijayaMangai. 33. Tiruvaikavoor. Temples to the Northeast of Kumbakonam 34. Thirundudevankudy. 35. Thirucheynjalur. 36. Thiruvappadi. 37. Thiruppanandal.
Lord Vishnu Temples.In Kumbakonam 1. Sarangapani Temple. 2. Chakrapani Temple. Temples to the SouthEast of Kumbakonam 3. Tiruvinnagar(Uppiliyappan Koil). 4. Nachiar Koil. 5. Thirucherai. Temples to the West of Kumbakonam 6. Pullabhudangudi. 7. Kapisthalam. Temples to the SouthWest of Kumbakonam 8. Nandipura Vinnagram Temples to the NorthWest of Kumbakonam 9. Aadanur. Temples to the NorthEast of Kumbakonam 10. Thiruvalliankudi.
Temples In Kumbakonam:Adi Kumbheswarar temple, Nageswarar temple, Someswarar temple, Adi mukiswarar temple, Gautameswarar temple, Kasi Viswanatha Temple, Kalahastieswarar temple, Bhanapuriswarar temple, Sundareswarar Temple, Kailasanathar temple, Kotiswarar temple of Lord Siva are situated in Kumbakonam Sarangapani, Chakrapani, Ramaswamy, Varaha, Varadaraja and Vedanarayanan (also known as Brahma temple) of Lord Vishnu is Situated in Kumbakonam.
1. SURYA (THE SUN) - SURIYANAR KOIL( 3 Kms. from Aduthurai which is on the Kumbakonam- Mayiladuthurai Road)
. CHANDRA (THE MOON) - THINGALOOR(1.5 Kms. from Thirupayhanam which is on the Kumbakonam-Thiruvayyaru Road)
3. ANGARAKA (SEVVAI) ( THE MARS) - VAITHEESWARAN KOIL(4 Kms. from Mayiladuthurai on the Chidambaram Road).
4. BUDAN (THE MERCURY) - TRIVENKADU(10 Kms. SouthEast of Sirkali).
5. GURU (THE VYAZHAN) (JUPITER) - ALANGUDI(About 15 Kms. from Kumbakonam on the way to NeedaMangalam).
6. SUKRAN (VELLI) (THE VENUS) - KANJANOOR( An interior village on the Mayiladuthurai - Kathiramangalam Road).
7. SANI (THE SATURN) - THIRUNALLAR( on the way to Peralam- Karaikkal. 5 Kms. from karaikkal ).
8. RAGHU - THIRUNAGESWARAM (About 7 Kms. from Kumbakonam-Karaikkal Road).
9. KETHU - KEEZHAPERUMPALLAM(Near PoomPuhar. on Mayiladuthurai- Poompuhar road).
VANCHIHINGESWARAR THIRUVAVADUTHURAI 2 Kms from Narasingampettai, which is at 16 kms from Kumbakonam-Mayiladuthurai Road MASILAMANEESWARAR THIRUVEEZHIMAZHAI Near Eravancheri on the Kumbakonam-Peralam Road NETHARAR PARESWARAR THIRUVIDAI MARUDOOR 6 Kms from Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam -Mayiladuthurai Road MAHALINGESWARAR THIRUVISANALOOR 8 kms from Kumbakonam YAGANANDESWARAR UPPILIPPAN KOIL 10 Kms from Kumbakonam-Karaikkal Road OPPILIYAPAN VALANGAIMAN 12 Kms from Kumbakonam on Manargudi Road. Book a cab with India's largest radio taxi service operating in Mumbai, Bangalore, New Delhi & Hyderabad. Easy Cabs - Try our cab service and book a cab with our online cab booking services to make the best of time and comfort. Book cabs with our pocket-friendly. Book a cool A.C. Cab, Airport taxi at megacabs.com - India's fastest radio taxi service in Delhi, NCR, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Ludhiana & many. Saara now introduces our Car Hire Service for women. From 1st jan 2014 you can hire a cab from us for your use within south india and NCR. cabs in Hyderabad & Bangalore,call Taxi Hyderabad & Bangalore,City Cab Hyderabad & Bangalore.