Posted February 13, 2005on:
Tonight Im going to Kumbakonam,just an intro (what i read from kumbakonam.com) Temple city of South India situated in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. The city is famous for the Mahamaham festival that is celebrated once in 12 years.The town has also been well – known for its prestigious educational institutions.It is primarily a market town for the predominantly agriculture based villages surrounding it.
Brahma, the creator after the Prilaya Era, to continue with his work of creation wanted to have a Peetam. Lord Shiva asked him to make a pot made of "Amirhtam" and sand. The pot had a Peetam in it, with the vedas around it on four sides. A coconut was kept over the pot and garlands of Poonul (Sacred Thread ) and Tharpai were decorated and Brahma worshipped it.
During a flood, the pot floated and moved towards south from Kailash. Lord Shiva in the disguise of a hunter, broke the pot with an arrow and the amirtham spilled as "AMIRTHA THEERTHAM". Mixing the amirtham of the Kumbha with sand Lord Shiva emerged as LINGAM. The sacred place where he gave darshan as "KUMBESWARAN" is now called as KUMBAKONAM.
Im going there for my friend’s marriage,I will back to Chennai on Monday evening or so.
To learn more about Kumbakonam,Visit http://www.kumbakonam.com/