The interior of the temple is an area normally reserved for the Hindus, where in this case they visit the Shiva Lingam, pray, meditate, pujas are made ... all with great seriousness and devotion, though you may see people acting normally as if they were at homeIn the Shiva Lingam Puja, they pray, chant hymns and mantras following all the...more
Gods and characters from Hindu mythology are represented in DarasaduramSome sculptures are made charnokite, a name that has been given in Tamil Nadu to a type of very fine-grained graniteThere are many representations, but to get an idea here we can see.- Shiva coming out of a Lingam - Vishnu-Durga standing on the head of a buffalo, which his...more
It is not a very big temple, but it is very nice and like all Indian temples with a very interesting storyHis name is Airavateshvara because the legend says that when Durvasa gave a wreath of flowers to Indra, who put on the head of his white elephant Airavat, but the wreath fe ll under the feet of the elephant destroyed it. Durvasa offended...more
If you are lucky enough to be in one of these festivals with many people in the streets , do not panic, mix with the people and see how very quickly you will feel fully integrated Si tienes la suerte de coincidir en uno de estos Festivales que hay mucha gente en las calles , no te asustes , mézclate con la gente y verás como en muy poco tiempo te...more
We were during the full moon of February in Kumbakonam (Tamil month of Masi ), which is one of the most favourable time for purification and when the festival of Chariots take place, in which one of their rituals is to bring in a Charriot, adorned with colourful fabrics and figures,the Gods in their bronze version , to the shore of the Mahamagan...more
This Tank is where, after the flood, rested on the "Jug", which broke Shiva with an arrow and it contained the seeds to regenerate the world and the Amrit, the elixir of eternal life. This is why it is called the biggest because it is spiritually but not for its sizeHere is held every twelve years the Kumbh Mela of the South and people comes to...more
In the temple there is a shopping street, where you can find books, sacred figures, souvenirs, offerings for the Gods and also a hotel for Brahmins En el templo hay una calle comercial en la que podemos encontrar libros, figuras sagradas, recuerdos, ofrendas para los Dioses y también un hotel para Brahamanesmore
You may spend hours watching the figures of the Gopurams, they may describe scenes of the sacred books, with their painted bright colours that looks like if the figures should start moving in any moment Puedes pasar horas enteras viendo las figuras de los Gopurams, que pueden describir escenas de los libros sagrados, con sus figuras pintadas en...more
This temple, dedicated to Vishnu, is the third temple of the 108 who cited the " Saint Poets "It has a Gopuran of 44 meters high, which is the highest in the cityIn this temple as Lakshmi came before to Kumbakonam they give her priority in the temple routines It is said that Lakshmi was angry with Vishnu and she decided to leave him in heaven and...more
4. Chandesanugraha Murthi panelWe can see as Shiva, which is the predominant role and Parvati figures, blessed and placed a wreath of laurel on the head to King Rajendra Chola 1, who is kneeling down humbly and with happy face, in recognition of the construction of this temple and how he is dedicating to the gods their laurels 4. Panel con la...more
%c The Vimana, 55 meters high, is spectacular with its sculptures, the four figures of Nandi at its highest point that are looking at the four corners and its smooth and elegant curvesThe Vimana is hollow and iinside is the Sancta Santorum the Holy of HoliesMany people say that this Vimana is complemented with the one in Tanjore, this being smooth...more
2. sculpturesWe are not tired of seeing masterpieces of sculptures on every corner we lookWe see the "dikpalas" which are the defenders of the temple that are located in the four corners, with their large size, their face menacing with fangs bared, the eleven representations of Shiva, among which highlights Shiva Nataraja, dancing the cosmic dance...more
Another charming name that we find in India, Gangakondacholapuran, which means "The town of the Cholas who defeated the Gangas"Anything better than to be greeted by Nandi in a temple of Shiva ?In this temple in the Chola capital , it is said that when the King won the battle of the Ganges, he made that his defeated enemies should...more
Another great example of Chola architecture.Airavatheeswara temple is a Shiva shrine built by Raja Raja Chola II ( AD 1146 to 1162). Legend has it that Indra's elephant Airavatha once lost his unique white colour and prayed to Shiva to regain it.A statue of Airavatha in granite stands at the entrance.The entire temple is built on a platform so as...more
This humble building was the home of one of the world's foremost mathematician - Srinivasan Ramanujan.This tiny sub 500 square feet home felt like the greatest temple on earth because in it lived a living legend during his very short span of life.Recently his 125th birth anniversary was celebrated world wide.Also some of his extra-ordinary work was...more
Close to Kumbakonam lies the UNESCO heritage site of Gangaikondacholapuram. Built by Rajendra Chola, son of Raja Raja,the builder of the Big temple in Thanjavur, the pinnacle is kept just short of the one in Thanjavur as a mark of respect by the son for his father.The name of the lost city means ' the city of Chola which conquered the Ganges. Water...more
About the only decent place I found to eat at in the evening was this place, on the ground floor at the Hotel Raya's. It's a non-veg a/c restaurant with some good service and options like chicken, mutton on the menu. I had some good veggie noodles for lunch one time and came back for dinner. BTW, Lonely Planet September 2005 mentions that the Hotel Chela serves tandoori chicken but it was only serving veggie dishes when I visited in February 2007.
To get to the Brihadishwara Temple in Gangakondacholapuram from Kumbakonam, simply take a bus from the bus stand in the east of town near the train station. They depart every 30 minutes, take about 1.5 hours and cost Rs10.
there are rows of shops selling exquisite cane products ranging from furniture, baskets,knick knacks and utility items.
What to buy: all things that you can carry in cane!
What to pay: very reasonable.do try to bargain a bit,but they are not too unreasonable
In the top of the outer walls that surround the temples of Shiva we can see the bull Nandi seated while watches and control the templeThe white bull symbolizes purity and justiceThis Nandi in the photo has a good bull faceEn los altos muros exteriores que rodean los templos de Shiva podemos ver al toro Nandi sentado , mientras vigila y guarda el...more
Especially when there is any special celebration you can see very different people some of them purifying and bathing in the tanks , sadhus... all around the tank Especialmente cuando hay alguna celebración puede verse a la gente purificándose en el estanque , sadhus... todos alrededor del tanquemore
They say that reading palms is a science, not a guessIn the Vedas books it is said that Vishnu was doing yoga with Lakshmi, when Samudra , the lord of the seas, wrote the auspicious marks on the bodies of the Divine couple, in order that this information should be a guide for all mankind Dicen que la lectura de la palma de la mano es un ciencia,...more
The emperor Rajendra Chola I (1012-1044) built a large palace in Utkottai, where a mound now called Maalikai Medu (Palace mound), which is 1.5km away from the Brihadishwara Temple. All that remains are its ruins which are maintained as a protected monument by the Tamil Nadu Archaeological Survey (State ASI). The palace had two floors including some...more