is at present a Selection Grade Municipality, and it is the
taluk Headquarters of Kumbakonam Taluk. It is stated by Mr.
Wilks that the town was once the Capital of the Cholas and Dr.
Burnell also confirmed it. The British Govt. also recognised
the importance and stationed a New Zilla Judge here from 1806
The town is identified by many
temples sprinkled all over the town, most of them are very ancient
One of many temples, most striking
is the Lord Sarangapany, a Vaishanavite temple. This was probably
built up by the Nayak Kings during 15th Century A.D. It consists
of the twelve storied and 147 feet height.
The Ramasamy temple which depicts
the paintings of Ramayanam is another important Vaishanavite
Kumbeswara temple is an important
Saivaite temple situated almost in the central part of the town.
The important festival of the
town is the Mahamaham festival. It takes place once in 12 years
during the Tamil Month of Masi(February/March) and lakhs of
pilgrin from various parts of India visit Kumbakonam and take
a holy bath in the sacred Mahamaham tank which is situated in
the heart of the town.