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Airavatesvara Temple

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

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One of the best temples of India

If you are in Kumbakonam, please make sure to visit this temple. The ideal time to visit all tamil nadu temples are early Morning.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Well spread out temple has very beautiful architecture works.. Can spend hours watching the intrinsic handwork.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you are in Kumbakonam, please make sure to visit this temple. The ideal time to visit all tamil nadu temples are early Morning.

Thank Neeraj S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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... More 

Thank manivannan r
Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really very beautiful and peaceful! The carvings are just exquisite. We stayed for hours. The pillars and the sculptures are wonderful as is the site in general!

1 Thank 167palle
Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this is ashiva temple some 4km west of kumbakonam in darasuram. this is maintained by archaeological department of india .the temple is well maintained and has even a park around it the timings of thsi temple is from 6-12noon and in the evening 4-9.so the between hours can be spent in the park or with the unique beautiful historical sculptueres... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having visited Gangaikonda Cholapuram just yesterday, I was highly recommended this place. I must say I liked it. It isn't as large as Gangaikonda Cholapuram, but what it lacks in (comparative) size, it more than makes up in the intricate carvings it has. This temple is also maintained by Archaeological Survey of India and is very well maintained. I particularly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We visited this temple while water was being pumped out from the recent floods in Tamil Nadu. We had an excellent guide who explained to us about the history and the the various artwork found in this temple. The minute details in the one inch high sculptures are amazing. Take about 2 hours to wander around with a guide to... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

One of the "Great living Temples of Chola dynasty". Excellent sculptures and a peaceful place. One of the must see places around Tanjore.

Thank srikumarganesan
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

The beauty of this temple is to be seen than read. The finest sculptures are still preserved. A treat for heritage lovers and a jackpot place for shutterbugs!

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Bangalore, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

I had heard about Dharasuram, as the place is locally called, as I grew up In Trichy, but finally visited the temple only now. The temple was built by the Chola King Raja Raja Chola II, sometime in the 12th century or so, within a hundred years of the Big Temple in Tanjore, which was built by this king's grandfather... More 

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