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Darasuram - Airavatesvara Temple

Dharasuram Airavatesvara Temple

Airavatesvara Temple is a Hindu temple of Dravidian architecture located in the town of Darasuram, near Kumbakonam in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This temple, built by Rajaraja Chola II in the 12th century CE is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the Brihadeeswara Temple at Thanjavur.
Dharasuram Shiva Temple
Darasuram UNESCO World Heritage Site
The vimana (tower) is 24 m (80 ft) high. The south side of the front mandapam is in the form of a huge chariot with large stone wheels drawn by horses.
Dharasuram Airavatesvara Temple
Darasuram temple musical steps
Darasuram Siva Temple Park
The Airavatesvara temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Shiva is here known as Airavateshvara, because he was worshipped at this temple by Airavata, the white elephant of the king of the gods, Indra. Legend has it that Airavata, while suffering from a change of colour curse from Sage Durvasa, had its colours restored by bathing in the sacred waters of this temple. This legend is commemorated by an image of Airavata with Indra seated in an inner shrine. The temple and the presiding deity derive its name from this incident.
Darasuram World Heritage Monument
Cow and Elephant Sculpture in Darasuram
It is said that the King of Death, Yama also worshipped Shiva here. Tradition has it Yama, who was suffering under a Rishi's curse from a burning sensation all over the body, was cured by the presiding deity Airavatesvarar. Yama took bath in the sacred tank and got rid of the burning sensation. Since then the tank has been known as Yamateertham. 

Tirupattur - Sri Airavatesvarar Temple
தாராசுரம் - ஐராவதேஸ்வரர் திருக்கோயில்
Main Deity
Lord Shiva
Sri Airavatesvara
Goddess Name
Sri Periya Nayaki Amman
Temple Tank
Yama Theertham
UNESCO World Heritage Site and World Heritage Monument,
1000 years old
Travel Base

How to Reach : Darasuram Shiva Temple is about 4 kms South West of Kumbakonam to Thanjavur Highway. State Transport buses every 5 minutes from Trichy/Thanjavur to Kumbakonam and Mini buses for every 2 mins.
Through Train - From Chennai : Rock Fort Express , Nagore Express and From Bangalore : Mysore Mayiladuthurai Express.

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