You will be picked up at 9:30 AM at your hotel in Kumbakonam in a private air conditioned vehicle and be driven to Darasuram. Upon arrival, meet with your English speaking local guide and start your tour of the Airavatesvara Temple.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple houses a linga named Airavatesvara. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Indra’s elephant, Airavata was cursed by sage Durvasa for disrespecting him. As a consequence of the curse, the white elephant suffered skin discoloration which was curable only after taking a dip in Airavatesvara’s holy water. This is how the temple and the presiding deity got their name.
Airavatesvara temple is architecturally beautiful and it has intricate paintings and sculptures on the walls. The temple is a storehouse of art and architecture which display the delicate stone carvings of ancient artists. The front Mandapa of the temple is designed in the form of a big chariot drawn by horses. Further, the vimaan on the top of the temple is 85 feet high. The garden around the temple looks lovely adding charm and ambiance. The temple is a pilgrimage place for many Hindus.
After your temple tour, lunch is included at a local restaurant (beverage excluded). To conclude, your driver will drop you back to your hotel in Kumbakonam.