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PLACES AROUND KUMBAKONAM

Darasuram or Dharasuram is a panchayat town located 3 kilometres from Kumbakonam in Thanjavur District. The town is known for the Airavateswara temple constructed by the Rajaraja Chola II in the 12th century AD. The temple is a recognised UNESCO World Heritage monument. The main deity's consort Periya Nayaki Amman temple is situated adjacent to Airavateshwarar temple. The main deity's consort Periya Nayaki Amman temple is situated adjacent to Airavateshwarar temple.

Kumbakonam is famous for the traditonal trade in the sculpures like Brass, Copper, Bronze, Iron, Gold, Silver, Various Alloys, Stone and wood work. Swamimalai near Kumbaknam in Thanjavur district is a production centre for bronze idols of Gods and Goddesses and great leaders. The artisans who turn out beautiful icons according to shilpa sastra right through the year, belong to the Viswakarma community. Following the tradition of sculpture making, the artists of south India still delve in creation of beautiful brass and bronze sculptures of various deitie Common people were allowed to keep these icons inside their houses and worship them daily as a part of their day-to-day living.

Away from Kumbakonam, Thanjavur District. Thirubuvanam is an ancient temple town famous for Silk Weaving from the period of Great rulers of Chola. Here more than 10000 weavers are preparing different kind of Silk Sarees. The speciality of Thirubuvanam Silk saree is that they using filature silk for both warp and weft, resulting in high Quality, Shining, Uniformity and lustare. The society is using best skil yarn and pure zari. The silk is dyed in the society dye house it self and given to the weavers as per the Design.

Sri Vittal Rukmini Samsthan (formerly known as Sri Panduranga Bhajanashram), Govindapuram has embarked upon the holy project of constructing a first ever Maharashtrian style temple in typical Hemandapanthi for Sri Rukmini sametha Sri Vittal at Govindapuram near Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu. This is the Biggest & Tallest Temple for Lord Sri Vittal and Rukmini Devi in the entire World. Govindapuram is such a holy land where the great Jeeva Samadhi of Sri Bhagavan Nama Bodendra Saraswathi Swamigal, the 59th Peetadhipathi of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam is present.

Gangaikonda Cholapuram was erected as the capital of the Cholas by Rajendra Chola I, the son and successor of Rajaraja Chola, the great Chola who conquered a large area in South India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Sumatra, Kadaram (Kedah in Malyasia) at the beginning of the 11th century A.D. It occupies an important place in the history of India. As the capital of the Cholas from about 1025 A.D. for about 250 years, the city controlled the affairs of entire southern India, from the Tungabhadra in the north to Ceylon in the south and other south east Asian countries. The temple is a recognised UNESCO World Heritage monument.

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