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Darasuram Airavatesvara Temple is situated in the south west direction of Kumbakonam at about 3km. This temple was built by Raja raja – II during 1146 – 1163 AD.This Temple is famous for Art and Architecture. This is one of the oldest of Chola temples. There is a separate Amman temple for Goddess Deivanayagi Amman. The main deity Linga named Airavatesvarar. The Linga was worshipped by the Devendram's elephant named Airavatham and hence the name Airavatesvarar.
This Temple is renovated and maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.Darasuram is a small town near Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu State in southern India . It is known for the Airavatesvara Temple built by Rajaraja Chola II in the 12 th century CE. The Temple is a storehouse of art and architecture. The vimana is 85 feet high . The temple has some exquisite stone carvings.
The legend goes to show that Airvata the while elephant of Indra, worshipped lord siva in this temple, so did also the king of death, yama. Tradition has it that the presiding deity Airavateswarar cured yama himself. Who was suffereing under a Rishi's curse from a burning sensation all over the body. Yama took bath in the sacred tank and got rid of the burning sensation. Since then the tank is known as Yamateertham.
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