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Visit Airavateswara Temple

The panchayat town of Darasuram is nestled at a distance of around 3kms from  Kumbakonam in Thanjavur District of Tamil Nadu. It is popular for being the abode of the 12th century old Airavateswara temple built by Rajaraja Chola II. The temple is one of the finest example of Dravidian style architecture that has now been recorded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
 

The panchayat town of Darasuram is nestled at a distance of around 3kms from  Kumbakonam in Thanjavur District of Tamil Nadu. It is popular for being the abode of the 12th century old Airavateswara temple built by Rajaraja Chola II. The temple is one of the finest example of Dravidian style architecture that has now been recorded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
 
The temple possess intricate sculptures on the walls that resemble Hinduism and art and architecture typical to any temple of South India. The Airavateswara Temple is not only a paradise for pilgrims, but also an excellent learning spot for those who want to inculcate the richness and vivacity of Indian temple art and architecture.
 
Some interesting facts that you should know about Airavateswara Temple are:
 

  • Because of its imposing dimensions, it is considered to be one of the four great Cola temples.
  • Here, Lord Shiva is known as 'Airavateshvara', the protector of elephant.
  • The temple tank is strategically called "Yama teertham".
A tour to Tamil Nadu turns out to be a success when combined with an exclusive trip to Airavatesvara Temple. It is one of those living Chola Temples that take you back to the past and let you explore their artistic skills and architectural knowledge.
 
 

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  • Attractions

    Temple
  • Altitude

    2 m
  • STD Code

    04362
  • Best Season

    Winter; October to March
  • State/Code

    /613001-613010
  • LANGUAGES

    Tamil and English