| Narmatha, Payoshnl and Cauvery are mingletogether and is also believed that taking bath would
get rid of sins according to Hindu religion.
Amudham (ie) the liquid given eternity flowed from
the pot and formed two tanks. One is known as Mahamaha
kulam and the other is Potramarai kulam.
of the pot and Amudham joined together to form "Lord
Kumbeswarar". In the name of the broken pot
(ie) Kudam that place was called Kudamookku or
simply Kudanthai presently known as Kumbakonam in the sense the Kudam also known as Kumbam.
The Saivaite Saint Tirugnana Sambandar and Tirunavukkarasar praised this kshetra as Kudamookku and among the Alwars Periyalwar, Sri Andal and Tirumalisai Alwar called this as Kudanthai while Boodhathazhwar, called this as Kudamukku. As Arunagirinathar points out this kshetra as Kumbakonam, we can safely conclude that kudamukku turned into kumbakonam during the intervening period of the Alwars and Arunagirinathar.
Kumbakonam is called as " Temple
City " because of the large number of temples within
the town and the nearby areas. It is a very peaceful
city and the festival of Mahamaham is celebrated
every 12 years at the Mahamaham tank in Kumbakonam.
The town is known for its temples, intricately carved
panchaloha idols, exquisite brass wares especially
Lamps, Silks and Betel leaves.
Kumbakonam is the headquarters
of Kumbakonam Taluk. It is located 40km from Thanjavur
and 293Km from Chennai. Kumbakonam is the heart
of Thanjavur district.
Kumbakonam is famous for Chola temples, very different from the ones you find in other parts of India. The Chola empire was one of the most important Indian dynasties, and ruled around 1000 AD. The most famous ruler was Raja Raja and his son built many impressive constructions in sand stone.
Kumbakonam is located at 10.97° N
79.38° E. It has an average elevation of
24 metres (78 feet). Kumbakonam is located 273 km
south of Chennai, 96 km east of Tiruchirappalli,
and about 40 km north-east of Thanjavur.
is bounded by two rivers, the Kaveri River on the
north and Arasalar River on the south. There is
a gentle slope from north of the town to south.
As of 2001 India census, Kumbakonam
had a population of 140,021. Males constitute 50%
of the population and females 50%. Kumbakonam has
an average literacy rate of 78%, higher than the
national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 86%,
and female literacy is 70%. 10% of the population
is under 6 years of age.
Kumbakonam is primarily a market
city for surrounding agricultural villages. The
town is surrounded by small villages of great historical
importance. The agricultural region around the town
is famous for its betelnuts and betel leaves. In
the pre-independence era, it was a market town where
people from all over the Kaveri delta region came
and sold their goods. The town is also native to
many goldsmiths and ornament makers. And the city
is world famous for sculpture because of the workshop
which is in Swamimalai.