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Airavatheeswarar Temple - Darasuram

God - Airavadheeswarar
Goddess - Periyanayagi Amman
Holy Water - Yama Theertham
Holy Tree - Vilva Tree (Bell Tree)
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Airavadheeswarar Temple DharasuramDarasuram is a small town near Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu state in southern India. It is known for the Airavatesvara Temple built by Rajaraja Chola II in the 12th century CE.

This temple is a storehouse of art and architecture. The vimana is 85 feet high. The front mandapam itself is in the form of a huge chariot drawn by horses. The temple has some exquisite stone carvings.

The Great Living Chola Temples. at Thanjavur, Gangaikonda Cholapuram and Darasuram were built by the Cholas between the 10th and 12th centuries CE and have a lot of similarities.

A UNESCO recognised World Heritage Site in the series of Tanjore Big Temple, Gangaikonda cholapuram built by Cholas.

Legend: The legend goes to show that Airavata, the white elephant of Indra, worshipped Lord Siva in this temple; so did also the King of Death, Yama. Tradition has it that the presiding deity Airavateswarar cured Yama himself who was suffering under a Rishi's curse from a burning sensation all over the body. Yama took bath in the sacred tank and got rid of the burning sensation. Since then the tank is known as Yamateertham.

In the recent past Raja Raja Chola and Karikala Chola worshipped the Siva Lingam in this temple. Volume II of the South Indian Temple Inscriptions deals with a number of endowments of the Pandya Kings also.

Vinayagar shrine follows steps made of 7 swara musical stone is one of the very famous one in this temple.

The main mandapam of this temple has 100 Pillars in it.

On the temple walls these inscriptions are given, from which it is seen that the temple was known in those days as Raja Rajeswararn and Raja Rajapuram. The main deity's consort Periya Nayaki Amman temple is situated adjacent to Airavateshwarar temple.

Kumbakonam Darasuram Airavadheeswarar Temple
Natarajar Urthavathandavar Koil Mandapam
Kumbakonam Darasuram Airavadheeswarar Temple Pillars
Darasuram Chola Sculptures in Darasuram Temple Pillars
Chola Sculpture in Tanjore District Kumbakonam Near Darasuram
Darasuram Airavadhiswarar Koil Praharam
Darasuram Temple Side View
Dharasuram Koil Outside Praharam
Darasuram Temple Amman Sannathi Goupuram
Dharasuram Koil Amman Sannathi
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