Timings : 5:30 AM - 11:30 AM and 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Time Required : 1 - 2 hrs
Entry Fee : No Entry Fee
Located in Nallur (also called Thirunallur) on the outskirts of Kumbakonam city, Kalyanasundaresar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The lingam of Lord Shiva enshrines the temple and is known as Kalyanasundaresar and his consort Goddess Parvathy is portrayed as Girisundari. Like the other Saivite temples in the area, this is also revered in the Tamil canonical work- Tevaram. The history of the temple is associated with sages Agastaya and Amaraneethi Nayanar, both of who were Tamil Saiva saints. The temple is believed to possess supernatural powers and as per common belief the shivling in the temple changes colour five times in a day.
Boasting of three precincts and two elaborate gopurams (entrance towers), the main shrines are constructed on an artificial hilltop whereas the shrine of Goddess Kali is located in the basement on the last precinct. Kalyanasundaresar Temple is believed to have been built during the Chola Period in the 9th century; however, many modifications and alterations were made to the original structure during the reign of Vijayanagar Dynasty, Sungma kings, Suluva and Tuluva empires. The temple follows the six daily ritual pattern beginning at 5:30 AM in the morning and continuing till late at night.
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