NAVAGRAHA TEMPLES

Suryanar Temple:

The suriyanar temple is located on the kumbakonam – mayiladurai road. The Sun God occupies important place among the other planet, because it allows the living being to surive in this world. To offer worship at Suriyanar Kovil, one has to reach the Rajagopuram and more towards north where pushkarani temple is located.

Thingalur Temple:

The temple is dedicated to Lord shiva. The temple is located 35km away from kumbakonam but nearby to Thirvuyaru. The people who takes bath at Thingalur and offered prayers is cured of Insanity and several diseases.

Vaitheeswaran Temple:

It is located near Sirkazhi. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva as Vaidyanathaswamy and Goddess Paravathi Devi as Thaiyalnayaki. The western tower in the temple allows the sun rays to fall on the Shiva Linga for few days every year.People pray for for remedies like scars ,pimples and other various ailments in the body.

Thirvenkadu Temple:

The temple is dedicated for Mercury planet. It is few kilometers away from Vaitheeswaran temple – near sirkazhi. Budhan is associated with knowledge and intellect, hence people who are poor in studies seek blessings from Budhan planet.

Alangudi Temple:

The temple is dedicated for Jupiter Planet. Sri Dakshinamurthy god is worshipped here.Special Poojas are arranged every Thursday of the week. The Temple is located to 17km away from kumbakonam. The Alangudi Temple is surrounded by 3 main rivers kaveri,kolidam and vennaru.

Kanchannur Temple:

The lord Agniswara is himself to be prayed as Sukra. It is similar to the worship of Soma Sundarar at Madurai as Budha and Lord Siva at Kalahasti as Raghu and Kethu. The period of Sukran's influence is for 2 years. He is the lord of Rishabam and Thulaam (Libra). The temple is located 13km away from kumbakonam.

Thirunallar Temple:

A person who is affected by the negative influence of Saturn faces a period of increased misfortune, hardship and delays. Offering prayers at this temple is believed to reduce the ill effects of Shani and increase the positive effects. For over thousand years Hindus have visited this temple and have found their misfortunes and bad luck to decrease as this is the only temple in the world where Lord Shani lost his power to Lord Shiva.

Thirunageswaram:

It is located 6 km from Kumbakonam on Karaikal road. This temple has an individual shrine for Raghu Bahavan. Raghu is one of the deity in the Navagrahas. It is one of the Panchakrosa Sthalas. The presiding Deity is Arulmigu Giri Gujambika Sametha Naganathaswamy. The Raaghu Sannathi (Nagaraja Shrine) is on the South-West direction of the second prakara.

Keezhperumpallam Temple:

The temple is situated 57km away from kumbakonam and 3kms from poombukar. Kethu prayed to Naaganaadhaswami and was blessed by Lord Shiva. People affected kethuthosam are stricken with fears like property loss, loss of face and putra dosham here to pray this temple.

OTHER FAMOUS TEMPLES

Airavatesvara Temple

The temple at Darasuram, 4 km west of Kumbakonam is Airvatesvara (Airavat is the holy white elephant) Temple, constructed by Rajaraja Chola II (1146–63), is a superb example of 12th-century Chola architecture.

Brihadeeswarar Temple:

It is an important example of Tamil architecture achieved during the Chola dynasty; Built by emperor Raja Raja Chola I. It is also known as Periya Kovil, Peruvudaiyar Kovil, RajaRajeswara Temple, Rajarajeswaram.

Gangaikonda Cholapuram:

It was built during medieval india by Rajendra Chola I, the son of Rajaraja Chola. This temple is next only to the Big temple at Thanjavur in its monumental nature and surpasses it in sculptural quality.

Thirubuvanam Temple

The Kampaheswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva. The architecture of the temple is similar to the Thanjavur Big Temple, Dharasuram Temple & Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple.

Patteeswaram Temple

Thenupuriswarar Temple is a hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva, The shrine of the goddess Durga is very popular here. Unlike in other temples, Durga here is very soft in look and grace (Shanta Swarupi).

Uppiliyappan Temple

Uppiliappan Temple, also known as Thiruvinnagar of Venkatachalapathy Temple is a temple dedicated to Hindu god Vishnu. It is counted as the 60th among the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Vishnu.

Swamimalai Temple

It is one among the six famous temples (Arupadai Veedu) of Lord Muruga. This is the place where the Lord murugan in childhood taught the meaning of mandra "OM" to his father Lord Siva. Lord Murugas Fourth home.

Adi Kumbeswara Temple

The glory of Lord of the temple is praised by Saints Tirugnana Sambandar and Tirunavukkarasar in their hymns. This is the 26th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns

IMPORTANT PLACES

The Mahamaham Tank

Mahamaham Tank is a huge temple tank located in Kumbakonam. It is considered to be the foremost and one of the largest temple tanks in TN. The annual Masimaham festival held in the tank has 0.1 million visitors & Mahamaham festival has close to 2 million visitors.

Rajaraja Cholan samadhi

Udayalur village is the final resting place of the Great Chola dynasty emperor Raja Raja Chola I,though it remains less known than the temples he built far off. Udayalur is a village in the Kumbakonam taluk, Thanjavur District. The village was historically called "SriKangeyapuram".

Ramanujan Museum

Srinivasa Ramanujan was one of India's greatest mathematical geniuses. Srinivasa Ramanujan lived with his family in Sarangapani Street in a traditional home in the town of Kumbakonam. His father worked as a clerk in a sari shop. The family home is now a museum.

Cambridge school of souh India

Kumbakonam emerged as an important centre of education in the late 19th century and was known as the "Cambridge of South India". The Government Arts College, established in Kumbakonam in 1867, is one of the oldest educational institutions in the Madras Presidency.

BEACHES NEAR KUMBAKONAM

Poompugar

Also Known as Puhar. It was once a flourishing ancient port city known as Kaveri poompattinam, which for a while served as the capital of the early Chola kings. The major tourists attractions in Poompuhar: Silappathikara Art Gallery and Masilamani Nathar Koil.

Tranquebar

The place dates back to 14th century. Masilamani nathar (Shiva) temple was built in 1306, in a land given by Maravarman Kulasekara Pandyan I. As of now, this temple is the oldest monument & other places to see are Danish Museum, Church, Fort.

Velanganni

It lies on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. Velankanni is home to one of the country's biggest Catholic pilgrimage centres. The Catholic Basilica devoted to Our Lady of Good Health is popularly known as the "Lourdes of the East"

Pichavaram

The Pichavaram Mangrove Forest near Chidambaram, South India, by the Bay of Bengal is the world's second largest mangrove forest. Pichavaram consists of a number of islands interspersing a vast expanse of water covered with green trees.