Kampaheswarar Temple, Kumbakonam

The Kampaheswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva. It is situated in the town of Thirubuvanam on the Mayiladuthurai-Kumbakonam road. Shiva is worshipped as "Kampaheswarar" as he removed the quaking (Skt. Kampa) of a king who was being haunted by a Brahmarakshasa.LegendAs per Hindu legend, Shiva is believed to have relieved Kampa of a king haunted by evil spirits on account of the king killing a Brahmin by mistake. This led to the name of Kampahisvara. As per another legend, Shiva is believed to have assumed the form to quench the fury of Narasimha, an avatar of Vishnu.ArchitectureThe temple follows the Dravidian style of architecture. An unusual feature of the temple is that the vimana is extremely high unlike other Dravidian-style South Indian temples. The architecture of the temple is similar to the Big Temple at Thanjavur, Airavatesvara Temple at Darasuram and Gangaikonda Cholapuram temples. The distinct features of all the temples is the vimana, the structure over the sanctum, being taller than the gateway tower, which is an unusual feature in Dravidian temples. There is a separate shrine for Sarabeswarar and a metal icon of the same deity within the sanctum, which has fine artistic work. Yali, a mythical creature with the face of a lion, which is otherwise considered a symbol of Nayak architecture has its earliest representation in Chola art in the temple, built by the Later Cholas of the 13th century.
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  • This temple is situated about 8km from Kumakonam to mayiladuthurai. The main deity is Kambahareswarar. There is a separate sannidhi for Sarabheswarar which is very famous here.As per legend , God Nara...  more »
  • The temple includes shrines of Shiva as Kampaheswarar (Shiva Lingam) and Sarabeswara. It is the fourth Chola temple which (like the 3 living Chola temples at Thajavur, Gangaikondacholapuram and Darasu...  more »
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