Kampahareswarar Temple - Tribhuvanam, Kumbakonam

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The Kampahareswarar Temple is located in a small village, Thirubuvanam near Kumbakonam. The village is visited every year by many pilgrims who come to pray at the Kampahareswarar Temple. There are several temples in the village, but the Kampahareswarar Temple is the most revered one.

The construction of the temple was started by King Kulothunga sometime in the 13th century. The later kings of the Cheran, Chola and the Pandiyan dynasties completed the work of the temple. It is believed that the temple was the last holy place to have been renovated by the Chola Kings. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva.

The frontal part of the temple has been built to resemble a chariot that stands at least 120 ft high. The walls of the chariot as well as the temple depict scenes from the Hindu mythological book, the Ramayana. Every year thousands of devotees and tourists visit the temple to experience visibly the sheer size of the stones that have gone into the building of this majestic temple.

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