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The Mahamaham Festival|Tamilnadu Mahamaham Festival
Kumbakonam town is dotted with numerous temples and hence known as the 'temple town' of Tamil Nadu. It is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. Not only the town but also its surrounding areas have several temples. The Mahamaham festival is celebrated with boundless joy in the city.Tamilnadu Mahamaham Festival, the Mahamaham Festival Tamilnadu, Kumbeswara Temple, Kumbeswara Temple Kumbakonam It is celebrated once in twelve years at the Mahamaham tank. The city is surrounded by two rivers namely Kauvery and Arasalar. In the 7th century it was the capital of the Chola Kingdom.
Kumbakonam, the temple town boasts of a large number of beautiful temples. Some of its famous temples are Sarangapani temple, Darasura temple, Chakrapani temple and Kumbeshwara temple. The beauty of the Sarangapani and Ramaswamy temples deserve mention. Sarangapani temple is the largest Vishnu temple of Kumbakonam. Its history dates back to the 13th century. Tamilnadu Mahamaham Festival, the Mahamaham Festival Tamilnadu, Kumbeswara Temple, Kumbeswara Temple Kumbakonam Towering to the height of 147 feet, the temple was built by the Nayak Kings. The Karuvarai and Vimanam are the beautifully carved pillars whichform a great attraction of the temple. The walls of the Ramaswamy temple are painted with scenes from the great Hindu epic Ramayana. Dedicated to lord Rama, goddess Sita and Hanumana, the idol in the sanctum of the temple is said to be carved from Saligrama monolith. The pillars are decorated with intricate carvings.
The bazaars of Kumbakonam offers meticulously carved Panchaloha idols, fine silk, betel leaves, lamps and brass vessels.
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Air: The nearest airports are Trichy and Chennai.
Kumbakonam is one of the oldest towns of South India. Kumbakonam is a town in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. Kumbakonam, the famous temple – town of South India, is picturesquely located amidst the two rivers,”River Cauvery" on the north and "River Arasalar" on the south.
Kumbakonam is famous for its Mahamaham festival. This festival is celebrated every 12 years at the Mahamaham Tank. In the 7th Century Kumbakonam was the Capital of Chola Kings. Kumbakonam is an agricultural trading center in an area known for its rice and betel leaves.
Kumbakonam is the second bigger town in Thanjavur District. It is just 51/2 hours drive from Madras and 21/2 hours from Trichy, and is well-connected with all towns & cities by Road & Rail. The nearest Airport is Trichy – 95 km.
It is the largest and oldest temple of Shiva, located in the centre of the town of Kumbakonam. The Presiding deity of this temple is the Lord Kumbeswara and Presidingt goddess Sri Mangalambigai. It is a sanctuary dedicated to Adi Vinayaka (Lord Ganesh).
A Chola king built the temple and the temple building itself seems to have been renovated by King Nayak. Some of the old images as Sri Ambal Sri Durgaiamman and Sri Kirathamoorti bear the impress of antiquity about them.
Holiday’s zeal in the remains of divinity
The great Mahamaham festival celebrated in honor of Lord attracts lakhs of people from far and wide and it occurs once in 12 years. It is celebrated on the conjunction of the moon with the Mahanakshatra and Jupiter through a sign Rasi or in a year. It is Simha Rasi or every 13 years Leo and it is especially sacred. It is estimated that on this auspicious day, the reservoir receives supply of water from Ganges and eight other holy rivers and all deities are said to remain here at this occasion.
The Lord has a number of festivals around the year. Each year 'maasi '(February-March) festival is conducted and the image of Lord Kumbeswara is taken in a procession. It is celebrated for 10 days during this period.
Others include Kumbeswara Temple, Theppam festival during Panguni (March-April), Sapthathanam during Chitirai months (April-May). During this festival Lord’s idol will be carried in a palanquin to the nearby villages. Marriage festival of Adikumbeswara Lord and Goddess Mangalambigai takes place during the month of 'Vaikasi '(May-June). Every day pujas are conducted six o'clock in the morning to evening.
The temple is kept open from 5:30 in the morning and remained so until 12:00 in the afternoon. The temple usually remains closed during lunch hours, and reopens in the evening at 4:00 pm The temple closes in the night after the last pujas are performed by 8:00 pm
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