Kampaheswarar Temple, Kumbakonam

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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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  • A gem of temple architecture. A temple that can match Darsuram ad other temples in the extensive and exquisite bas relief sculptures. Somehow not that much promoted, but spiritually more uplifting. 
    A gem of temple architecture. A temple that can match Darsuram ad other temples in the extensive and exquisite bas relief sculptures. Somehow not that much promoted, but spiritually more uplifting.  more »
  • Good temple with calm atmosphere. Not much crowd. Lord sarabeshwar has a separate sannidhi is the speciality of this temple. 
    Good temple with calm atmosphere. Not much crowd. Lord sarabeshwar has a separate sannidhi is the speciality of this temple.  more »

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