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.
rituals and archanas are done daily for the god, some special
festivals are celebrated annually, which make the people gathered
in large numbers and make their minds purified. Among the
various festivals MAHAMAHAM that is celebrated
once in twelve years is of very great importance.
During the time of Mahamagam festival, it is also believed
that taking bath in the holy stream of water from the famous
rivers like Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswathi, Sarayu, Godavari, Mahanadi,
Narmatha, Pavoshnl and Cauvery, which are mixed together in
Mahamagam tank, would get rid of sins according to Hindu religion.
The modern Kumbakonam is the nerve - centre of all the commercial
activities in Tanjore District. Plenty of diverse small scale
industries thrive in this town, chief among them being Silk,
Scented & Shredded Supari, Chewing Tobacco, Brass & Stainless
Steel Wares, Icon & Pith ware, Cosmetics etc.
The town has also been well - known for its prestigious educational
institutions which have turned out eminent stalwarts in diverse
spheres. It is perhaps because of this fact that the premier
college of this ancient town namely the Government Arts College
is proudly acclaimed as the "Cambridge of South India". The
famous Mathematician Ramanujam studied in
During the early period of 20th Century, the town has gained
importance especially for the silk and metal manufacturing
activities which supports extensive number of workers in the
town. Kumbakonam being the headquarters of Kumbakonam taluk
has different names like Kudanthai, Kudamooku and Baskarashetram
from time immemorial.