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Visit Nageswaran Temple

Located in the heart of Kumbakonam, on the Porthamari Road, the Nageswaran Temple is one of the oldest and most prominent temples in the state of Tamil Nadu. The temple holds great religious, as well as historical significance, making it a very popular attraction amongst devotees and tourists alike. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this Hindu temple sees the Lord in the form of Nagaraja, the serpent king.  

Located in the heart of Kumbakonam, on the Porthamari Road, the Nageswaran Temple is one of the oldest and most prominent temples in the state of Tamil Nadu. The temple holds great religious, as well as historical significance, making it a very popular attraction amongst devotees and tourists alike. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this Hindu temple sees the Lord in the form of Nagaraja, the serpent king.

The temple is built in such a way that it allows sunlight to fall on the sanctum only during the months of April or May (Chithirai in the Tamil Calendar). Nageswaran temple is world renowned for its architecture, including intricate works on its pillars and outer walls, which not only depict human figurines, but also scenes from epics. The temple is flooded with tourists and devotees all round the year, and is a must visit when in the region.

Useful information:

  • The temple remains opened from 6am to 12:30pm in the mornings and from 4:30pm to 9pm in the evenings.
  • The Nageswaran Temple was built by Aditya Chola in the 9th century, and is a great architectural marvel, especially keeping in mind the time and circumstances under which it was constructed.

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Quick Info

  • Attractions

    Temples
  • Altitude

    24 m
  • STD Code

    0435
  • Best Season

    October to March
  • State/Code

    /612001
  • LANGUAGES

    Tamil