Darasuram Airavatesvara Temple; One Among The Threee Great Living Chola Temples

Darasuram is famous for the 12th century Airavatesvara Temple, built by Rajaraja Chola II. Airavatesvara Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Thanjavur Brihadeeswara Temple and Gangaikondacholisvaram Temple. These 3 temples are called the Great Living Chola Temples.

Sanctum of Airavateshwarar temple at Darasuram
Sanctum of Airavateshwarar temple at Darasuram

Airavatesvara Temple is Dedicated to Lord Shiva. Deity of Lord Shiva’s consort is the deity at the Periya Nayaki Amman temple, situated on the north of Airavatesvara Temple.

The temple is known for its stone carvings and is a treasure for art and architecture lovers.
Various inscriptions in the temple describes the 63 Saivite saints (Saivite is the section of people worshiping Lord Shiva) and the events associated with them along with their images. Other inscriptions gives details of the renovation work done to the temple by Kulottunga Chola III.

Sculpture at Airavateshwarar temple, Darasuram
Sculpture at Airavateshwarar temple, Darasuram

How Do I Go to Darasuram Airavatesvara Temple?

Airavatesvara Temple at Darasuram is located near to Kumbakonam Town, which is well connected to other parts of the state. There is a railway station at Kumbakonam. Thanjavur airport is the nearest airport at 28 kilometers away.

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