Gangaikonda Cholapuram

Language : English | Temple | Audios

General Information

Temple Timings :

6.00 am to 12.00 pm and 4.00pm to 8.00pm on all days.

Entry charges :

Entry is FREE

Dress Ethics :

There are no prescribed details. It’s a temple. Use your judgment.

Dress Code :

  • Pants, Shirts, T-Shirt’s, Jeans pants, Traditional wear are OK.
  • It is typically expected that short pants and sleeveless dresses should be avoided.

What is Allowed :

  • Still camera, Video Camera as long as they are handheld.
  • Phones and Drinking water.

Not Allowed :

Avoid carrying food inside the complex.

Facilities

Drinking Water :

There is no facility available inside the temple. But there are small shops just out of the temple complex where it is available.

Washrooms :

There are no washrooms inside the complex. The nearest one is around some 100 to 200 meters from the parking lot.

Footwear stand :

There is footwear stand once you are inside the complex. There are sign boards.

Parking :

There is ample car parking available. The parking is right opposite to the main temple. It’s PAID to park.

Food

All food eateries are in Kumbakonam.

South Indian (Budget):

  • Hotel Venkataramana
  • Sri Mangalambiga Vilas coffee and Tiffin Centre
  • Mami Mess

Checklist

  • It is mostly an open place and Kumbakonam is warm for the most part of the year. It is best if you can time your visit early mornings or evenings after 4 pm.
  • Carry your earphones/headphones.
  • Power bank/Battery pack for your phone.
  • Data network – you will have longer battery time if you are off the mobile data network. So when you are using the audio guide, you may want to get off the network.

The Basics

It is good to refresh our memory on these basics. In South India, almost all the key monuments will have references to gods, goddesses and mythological tales. Knowing these will help one appreciate the work by artists.

History

To commemorate his victory over the Pallava King and expanding territory till the bank of river Ganga, he assumed the title of Gangai Konda Chola. In keeping with the concept started by his father, he built a Shiva temple and a new city around it. This new capital was called Gangai Konda Cholapuram and the presiding Lord was called Gangai Konda Choleswara. Though this temple is similar to Thanjavur Brihadeeswara temple, it is smaller than that.