- Sri Chakrapani Temple
- the erst-while capital of Chola kings and headquarters of famous mutts is a
veritable cradle of diverse sects and. prominent creeds. Its religious
catholicity seems breathing out unity in the midst of breath-taking diversity as
evidenced by scores of world renowned temples dedicated to principal deities of
every denomination. Siva temples are found in abundance juxtaposing the
Vaishnava temples on the same street at it. This Chakrapani temple lying in
close proximity with Adikumbheswara temple is a good old, independent one -
exceedingly big and imposing in its dimensions. The exquisite carving of images
installed in several niches and mandaps reflect the supreme artistry of the
sculptors. The garbhagriha is built on a high plinth provided with broad steps.
The image of mulavirat - Chakrapani, strangely enough is having eight arms
holding potent weapons. It is in standing posture and quite pleasant to look at.
The masterly chiseled features adorned with dazzling jewels and colourful
garlands lift the souls and wring veneration. Agamic puja is performed and the
periodical festivals are celebrated with utmost religious fervor. Though
situated at close quarters of the famous AdiKumbheswara temple from whom the
town got its name, its glory is neither eclipsed, nor its flavor. That is
the uniqueness of the Lord Chakrapani.
lies in the busy part of the Kumbhakonam town, accessible by cycle rickshaws or