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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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This temple is in the outskirts of Kumbakonam and the place is called as Dharasuram. The landscape of the place is almost similar to Brihadeeshawar Temple- spacious garden, area... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Bangalore, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This temple is in the outskirts of Kumbakonam and the place is called as Dharasuram. The landscape of the place is almost similar to Brihadeeshawar Temple- spacious garden, area. The temple is rather quiet as this is not as famous as the Thanjavur Brihadeeshwara Temple. There is literally no one is there in the temple when i visited. After waiting... More 

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Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This temple is located in a quite village in Kumbakonam. Darasuram is the place. The landscape of the place is almost similar to Brihadeeshawar Temple- spacious garden, area. The temple is rather quiet as this is not as famous as the Thanjavur Brihadeeshwara Temple. To me, it's worth visiting. The sculpture on the pillars of this temple is quite interesting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Dwarfed by the other two significantly larger temples (Brihadeeshwara and Gangaikonda Cholapuram), that together form The Great Living Chola Temples, the Airavateswara Temple is a colossus in its own right. The unmistakably diminished scale, grandeur, and raison d'être – unpretentiously dedicated to the art of dance and worship as opposed to majestic commemorative edifices extolling the empire and deifying its... More 

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Coimbatore, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I recently visited this place with friends.The temple is located very near to famous kumbakonam.The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and maintained quite well.The carvings in the temple are its beauty and each carving has a story to tell.If you are good with history you can relate to many carvings story.We have aslo guide facilities to tell the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Beautiful architecture, very well maintained. Takes one back in time. Pity the musical steps had to be closed. The manager of the temple was very helpful and well informed

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The temple was constructed due to rajaraja chola in 12 centuary. This an u n e s c o heritage site. The temple is dedicated to lord siva. The deity is known as airavateswara due to indira"s elephant worshiped siva here. Yama also worshiped siva here. Consort perianayagi amman. Excellent chola architect. The vimanam 80 feet height. Huge chariot with... More 

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Chennai, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Darasuram really sealed off the trip for me. The third of The Great Living Chola Temples, it has beautiful architecture, manicured lawns, and friendly, helpful people. Also, don't miss the little weavers' houses near the temple where they make handloom sarees.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I have seen quite a lot of temples in Tamilnadu. And I could say this is the best temple architecture in Tamilnadu. I would suggest this marvel to anyone who comes to Kumbakonam. Not to be missed.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

It is an ancient temple & UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. It is more of architectural beauty than religious significance. Carvings are intricate & beautiful. The place is maintained by ASI with well kept garden. The daily rituals at the temple are maintained by the Tanjavur royal family The place is open from 6am to 7pm.

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Bangalore, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We had the fortune to visit this temple and liked it immensely. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and maintained quite well. It was built almost 1000 years ago by the Chola Kings. The carvings on the temple walls are exquisite though a few have been destroyed by the invader Malik Kafur! Each carving has a story to... More 

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