The first sight of this Shiva temple can do wonders to the heart of every pilgrim who is on a vacation to Tamilnadu. Built by Aditya Chola in the 9th century, Nageswaraswamy temple is one of the finest examples of the Chola architecture, astronomy and building technology. This famous temple of Tamilnadu uses the charming setting of Kumbakonam and is one of the most revered Hindu temples in Tamilnadu that represents the hymns of Thevaram and is revered as Paadal Petra Sthalam. If we talk about the orientation of this tourist attraction, then it is said that sun rays directly fall on the prime deity of the temple during the first three days of Chithirai(April-May). Besides, there is a local belief that states that it is necessary to worship during morning, afternoon and evening at the three famous Nageswaran temples namely Nageswaran Temple, Thirupampuram and Tirunageswaram.
Stories Associated with the Temple
As per the legend that is connected to Nageswaraswamy temple, it is believed that Adisesha the serpent with thousand heads was asked to bear the whole weight of the world on his head. And according to some legends, it is said that this was the place where Adisesha sought help from Lord Shiva and the other states that Goddess Parvati blessed him with strength. Besides, it is said that the serpents Karkodakan and Dakshan paid homage to Lord Shiva here. According to another legend, it is said that King Nala also revered the divine Lord Shiva here.
The credit for the marvellous structure of this famous temple of Tamilnadu goes to the Chola ruler, Aditya Chola. Human figures, stone temples are subjective to Chola Art and Dakshinamoorthy, Ardhanari and Brahma are carved on the outer wall of the temple. Along with that, there are statues of prince and princesses and the people gave a donation to the temple. The temple also houses three gopurams in the western, southern and eastern directions.
6:30 AM to 12.00 PM; 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Arti takes place 6 times a day.
Nageswaran North Street, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu 612001
Best Time to Visit
Winter months of December to February are considered to be the best time to visit Nageswaraswamy Temple.
How to Reach?
Kumbakonam Bus Stop is located some 2 kms away from the temple. One can choose to travel via car or can walk down to the temple.
Nearby Tourist Attractions
- Sarangapani Temple
- Mahamaham tank
- Sri Vittal Rukmini Samsthan
- Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple
- Uppiliappan Temple
- Someshwar Temple
- Patteeswaram Temple