Kumbakonam is known as a “temple city” due to the prevalence of a number of temples here. Amongst other temples, the Airavateswarar temple at Darasuram is located in the vicinity of Kumbakanom. The Airavateswara Temple, built by Raja Raja Chola II during the 12th century, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with Brihadeeswara Temple at Thanjavur and Gangaikondacholisvaram Temple at Gangaikonda Cholapuram, which are referred to as the “Great Living Chola Temples”.
The temple is one of the engineering marvels of earlier times and is very popular for its seven steps, called “singing steps,” which produce seven different musical notes as you walk. The undisturbed charm and elegance of the carvings in Darasuram, even after several hundred years, points to the excellent craftmanship of the ancient Tamil people.
The architecture, aping the formation of a chariot, has all the major Hindu deities carved on its walls. Plan a trip soon to witness what this place has in store for you.
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