Darasuram Airavatesvara Temple - The Heavenly Abode Where Sight And Sound Leave You Enchanted
The biggest highlight of the Darasuram temple is one of the set of steps next to the first structure. These steps when tapped make amazing musical sound. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is a World Heritage Monument and was constructed by Raja raja II in the 12th century. Reflecting the rich heritage of art and architecture of Tamil Nadu, the temple is located at a distance of 3 km from Kumbakonam town. Its history dates back to the rein of the Cholas. The shrine houses a linga named Airavatesvarar. The legend goes that the Linga was worshipped by the Devendra's elephant named Airavathan and hence the temple derived its name from them. This stone architecture boasts of several beautiful and graceful sculptures. The temple has a tank whose waters ?believed to have curative powers. Make sure you take a bath in the tank on your visit to the temple.
Darasuram AiravatesvaraTemple is a famed tourist destination and has been overhauled by the Archaeological Survey of India. Several structures inside the temple have been renovated. Various pillars and slabs have been rearranged in accord with the original design. Flooring of the prahara was also taken up. The entire budget sanctioned for remodelling the temple was Rs. 42 lakhs.