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Mystical Temple Tour of Kumbakonam

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Kumbakonam is a charming town located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. The town has agriculture as one of its mainstay activities, and this is evident even before you enter the town, as you travel through many lush fields. The town has plenty of water supply from rivers Cauvery and Arasalar that are also responsible for making the region fertile for rice cultivation. Kumbakonam with its many beautiful temples is referred to as the 'Temple Town' and is also famous among devotees across the world for the Mahamaham festival that takes place here. Let us take a visual tour through some of the stunning temples of Kumbakonam.

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Oppiliappan Temple

Oppiliappan Temple

The temple elephant providing his blessings to a young devotee.

Photo Courtesy: Sowrirajan S

Kampahareshwara Temple

Kampahareshwara Temple

The colourful ceiling painted with motifs at the Kampahareshwara Temple in Kumbakonam.

Photo Courtesy: Varun Shiv Kapur

Gangaikonda Cholapuram

Gangaikonda Cholapuram

Among the stunning Great Living Chola Temples that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Photo Courtesy: Nagarjun Kandukuru

Airavatesvara Temple

Airavatesvara Temple

Another lovely temple built by Rajaraja II in Darasuram, located at a distance of 3km from Kumbakonam.

Photo Courtesy: Vinoth Chandar

Gangaikonda Cholapuram

Gangaikonda Cholapuram

Among the Great Living Chola Temples is the Gangaikonda Cholapuram. A lady seen payingobeisance at one of the idols in the temple complex.

Photo Courtesy: Nagarjun Kandukuru

Stunning Temple Architecture

Stunning Temple Architecture

Detailed style of Dravidian Temple Architecture as created by the Chola Empire. Photo taken at Gangai konda Cholapuram temple.

Photo Courtesy: Nagarjun Kandukuru

Lush Greenery

Lush Greenery

An oasis in the heat. A tree and creeper in the temple complex at Gangaikonda Cholapuram.

Photo Courtesy: Nagarjun Kandukuru

Dancing Elephant

Dancing Elephant

A seemingly happy temple elephant, eagerly awaiting a snack?

Photo Courtesy: Marguerite

Thirubhuvanam Temple

Thirubhuvanam Temple

A evening shot before the last of the sun's rays disappeared for the day.

Photo Courtesy: KarthiKeyan Shanmugam

Adhi Varahar Temple

Adhi Varahar Temple

This small but charming temple is said to be one of the oldest temples in Kumbakonam.

Photo Courtesy: Sowrirajan S

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