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Visit the temples of Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu

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The Kumbakonam Temple

After visiting the temple of Thanjavur in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India, very early in the morning - in order to avoid more than 45 degrees in May in this humid region -, I went to the bus station Thanjavur after hitting a dosa de rigor and I got on the first one that was going to Kumbakonam. 22 rupees for a journey of one hour between villages of cabins and also some rice plantation among the thick vegetation of palm trees and tropical trees.

The more one enters the country, the more absurd the art of bargaining becomes. Usually the rickshaws found in the stations usually end up charging more than the rickshaws you find in the center. Simply, the starting price they advertise is usually much higher. In Kumbakonam I was asked to start 20 rupees and, with such a ridiculous price, I did not even force myself to the attempt “well let it be 10…”

The Kumbakonam region has been inhabited since the third century BC. During that time the powerful reign of Chola rose and this town was always a military and religious reference point in the Tamil Nadu region.

In Kumbakonam and its surroundings there are almost 200 temples, despite its large size, and for this reason it is known as the City of the Temples. If you are not a professed Hinduist as long as you wear three or four you already have enough and after the visit you can continue your journey through Tamil Nadu as I did. I chose the following: Nagesvara Swami, Sarangapani, Kumbersvara and Ramasvami.

I grabbed a map and observed the position of the different temples and the bus station. Once I had studied it, I asked a rickshaw to leave me in the westernmost temple of all in order to follow the route in the direction of the bus station - my final destination in the city - while visiting the other temples that spread through The interior of Kumbakonam.

Works with the Kumbakonam temple in the background

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