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Airavatesvara Temple

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Address: Thanjavur District, Kumbakonam 612001, India
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Description: This 12th-century Chola temple is a compact gem.

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chola marvel !

much has been written about this temple ! so i would say only a few things. the siva vikragam in hunter form is just superb !, the strap in the leather chappals of the hunter and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2015
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chennai
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

much has been written about this temple ! so i would say only a few things. the siva vikragam in hunter form is just superb !, the strap in the leather chappals of the hunter and the finger nails and bends are so realistic, it is difficult to imagine that this is a stone!. one inch vinayaga and other rare... More 

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Along with Brihadeeswara Temples in Thanjavur, and Gangaikonda Cholapuram, Airavatesvara Temple is the Shiva temple forms a UNESCO World Heritage Site called the Great Living Chola Temples. It is close to Kumbhakonam in Tamil Nadu. This 12th century temple is Rajaraja Chola II. Like all the Tamil Nadu temple this closes between 12.00 to 16.00 hrs. So make sure you... More 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The temple is a very ancient one built by Chola Kings. It is around 3 kms from Kumbakonam and you can go by mini bus or autos. The architecture of the temple is very good and built in the form of chariot. The sculptures are beautifully carved out on stone pillars, mantapams and gopurams. There are two separate temples –... More 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I was visited this temple with family. We had started from lodge Kumbakonam at 6.30AM and reached by 6.45AM it was just 3.5KM from Kumbakonam main city. This temple has pleasurable and beautiful architecture which gives more richness to the temple. Surrounding is full of greenery and Big Nandhi welcomes while entering to the temple.The main mantapa is called Raja... More 

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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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45 reviews 45 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Words fail me! The temple is an architectural marvel. It has stood the test of time and now the temple is recognized as UNESCO's World Heritage Monument. Seeing is believing...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Airavatesvara Temple in Dharasuram is a UNESCO world heritage site. This temple has exquisite stone carvings. Although smaller than Brihadeesvara Temple, it has much finer detailing. Don't miss this small detour to Kumbakonam from Thanjavur.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

The temple built during the Chola period is worth a visit for its intricate carvings. Guides are readily available who are knowledgeable and can take you around and explain most of the stone carvings.

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This is a very beautiful, very intact (no obvious renovations) Chola temple. Even more beautiful, although 35 kms from Kumbakonan, is the Gangaikondacholapuram Temple. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This temple is built by a chola king,and is a UNESCO world heritage site,the art and architecture are astonishing.lord shiva in the form of lingam is the main deity of this beautiful temple. One must not missthis in his pilgrimage

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Staying locally meant that we could get here early before the heat took hold. In the rising sun the architecture and sculptures were amazing. In places it is being and has been renovated but this will not spoil the visit. Cameras are allowed inside but once again it's shoes off - but socks allowed.

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