Kumbhakonam, What a name?
With its drum like sounds, it offers at once a grand feast to the ears and sets the mind
thinking next, as to what is connotation would be. Its fantastic past is packed with
legendary episodes of a rare kind that merits reverent study and instant adoration.
It is indeed a marvelous city renowned for commendable catholicity-breathing in diversity and
breathing out unity. Look! what a strange juxtaposition of Siva temples and Vishnu shrines on the
same street! Its rich history embodies such an admirable spirit of unparalleled universality that it
recalls to mind the sublimity pervading the ancient paranasalas - the abodes of sages
whose tapassakti made the wild lionesses suckle mild deer. Sure, the religious
homogeneity, social amicability and cultural unity that have been existing since ages, are no doubt enviable
traits that man craves for, but realises not. "Does this not afford an exciting topic for
animating discussion and an interesting theme for dissertation?" Scholars ask after a visit.
It is a temple city consecrated by the holy
waters of Cauvery, flowing nearby. It has many august associations with divinities that
even the Trimurthis were pleased to abide in this divya kshetra permanently for
releasing humanity from the thraldom. As it turned out a favourite habitat of the celestials,
descended to bless the deserving devotees, it acquainted special sanctity worthy of full grasp and
honest craving for visiting, to cleansing from sins clinging to body due to living amidst santanic