Timings : 6:00 AM - 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Time Required : 1 - 2 hrs
Entry Fee : No Entry Fee
Located in the town of Thirubuvanam, 9 kms from Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, Kampaheswarar Temple (also known as Sarabeswarar Temple) is an age-old Shaivite temple flocked by devotees from all across the world all through the year. The temple is enshrined by Lord Shiva, worshipped in the form of a Shiva Linga. It is believed that Lord Shiva once relieved a king of quaking (kampa) as he was haunted by an evil spirit (Brahmarakshas) of a Brahmin who he killed accidentally. Ever since, Lord Shiva came to be known as Kampaheswarar and was worshipped in the same form at the temple. The Shiva linga is installed in the garbhagriha of the sanctum sanctorum on an elevated platform.
Besides the chief deity, the temple also houses an enormous shrine for Sarbeswarar who is a half lion and half eagle. As per legend, the deity saved the celestial deities from the wrath of Vishnu in the form of Narasimha after he killed Hiranyakasibu. Built in the traditional Dravidian style architecture, the temple also boasts of beautiful sculptures of Sridevi and Bhudevi- consorts of Lord Vishnu. The shrine is popular among pilgrims and it is a common a belief that praying here can solve hurdles in marriages and help with child boon.
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