This temple is considered to be one of the most important Vishnu temples in South India, along with Srirangam and Tirupati. Seven of the Alwars sang the glories of this temple. Most of the temple was built by the Nayak kings between the 13th and 17th centuries, but the central shrine dates to the end of the Chola period.
It is the largest Vishnu temple in Kumbakonam, and it has a gopuram 44m (146 ft) high. There are many deities in the temple. The Lord’s consort is Sri Komalavalli (Lakshmi), whose shrine is located in the north part of the temple, to your right as you enter the temple.
The main central shrine resembles a chariot, with elephants and horses carved on the basement. There are many carvings on the walls of this shrine. Bathing in the Hema Pushkarani Tank next to the temple is considered very auspicious. The temple has two big carts. It also has a silver cart for special occasions, such as the first day of Tai (January-February). On Vaikuntha Ekadasi there is a big festival in the temple. Another big festival is Mattai Adi in January-February. Kumbeswara Temple This is the largest and oldest Siva temple in town.
Its main gopuram is 38.5m (128 ft) high and it has many intricately carved sculptures on it. There is an excellent collection of silver vahanas (palanquins) used to carry the deities at festival times.
There is a shrine dedicated to Adi Vinayaka (Ganesh). It is said that Vinayaka came to this place before Lord Siva. There are also images of the 63 Nayanmar Shaivite poets. It is located in the center of town.
Rama Swami Temple
The Nayak King Raghunath built this temple in the 16th and 17th century. This temple has Deities of Lord Rama and his three brothers.
As you enter the temple there are several exquisite pillars with sculptures of events from the Ramayana. On the walls around the temples are beautiful paintings of the Ramayana pastimes.