Darasuram - 'The Heavenly Abode'
Darasuram or Darasuram City Guide is a small town located at a distance of 3 kilometers from the picturesque temple town of Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district of south Indian state of Tamilnadu. This small panchayat town is famous for its Airavateswara Temple that was built during the Chola dynasty rule by Rajaraja Chola II. The temple is famous for its architecture and a huge collection of artifacts. The legend is that the white elephant Airavat of Indra god worshipped in the temple and so did the King of Death, Yama, who was suffering from a rishi’s (saint) curse with burning sensation all over his body. In the end, Airavat himself cured Yama and he was able to get rid of the curse by taking a dip in the sacred tank now known as Yamateertham.
Best Time & Climate
Darasuram City Guide has different climate in each season with summers being dry and hot followed by monsoons that bring moderate rains. Monsoon is followed by winters that are pleasant with moderate temperature and an ideal time to visit Darasuram City Guide.
» By Air- The nearest airport from Darasuram Temple is around 100 kilometers in Trichy which has regular flights to Chennai International Airport. From Trichy taxis and buses are available round the clock for Darasuram.
» By Rail -Kumbakonam is the nearest railhead from Darasuram City Guide which is at a distance of 3 kilometers. Kumbakonam is well connected with Chennai, Rameshwaram and other south Indian cities.
» By Road - Darasuram Temple is well connected with other south Indian cities by road with regular services of the Karnataka State Road Transport buses.
» Airavateswara Temple - Airavateswara Temple Darasuram City Guide is famous for Airavateswara Temple which is a storehouse of art and culture and depicts the architectural expertise of the artisans during the Chola dynasty’s rule. Built by Rajaraja II in the 12th century, it is a World Heritage Monument. The main deity of this temple is Shiva who is believed to have been worshipped in this temple by Airavat, the white elephant of Indra. Airavat also helped Yama to get rid of the curse given by a rishi (saint). This temple is an architectural marvel with numerous carvings not only depicting the deities but also the life of people of those days. Various poses of Bharatnatyam are also depicted by carvings on the walls of the temple. There is a beautiful carving of Lord Shiva and Parvati sitting inside an open lotus in the ceiling of the main temple. The entrance has two imposing figures of Dwarpalakas and the main mandapam called Raja Gambira has a huge chariot driven by the elephants. This temple is of high importance for the Hindus and is visited in huge number by devotees throughout the year and Darasuram Temple.