Kumbhakonam – Introduction

Kumbhakonam (Kamakosthi-puri)


Kumbakonam (Kamakosthi-puri) is famous as a temple town, having a large number of very prominent temples. Kumbakonam is one of the oldest towns in South India. In 7th century it was the capitol of Chola kings. Rivers Kaveri and Arasalar flow from both sides of the town. In the center of the city there are 18 temples mostly dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. There is also one rare temple of demigod Brahma. Kumbakonam is said to be named after demon Kumbakarna, Ravana's brother, but prominently the name has important relation to Shiva's temple Adi Kumbeswara.