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Marvel at the Sacred Complex of Airavatesvara Temple

Airavatesvara Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a prime example of Dravidian architecture located in the town of Darasuram in the state of Tamil Nadu. Rajaraja Chola built this temple in the 12th century.

From Kumbakonam
Online Experience
1 Hour 10 Minutes
India
Upto 10 people
English
Highlights
  • Real-time experience streamed live from the 
  • Admire the intricate carvings and Dravidian architecture
  • Listen to the tales of important mythological Hindu figures 
Description

Airavatesvara Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a prime example of Dravidian architecture located in the town of Darasuram in the state of Tamil Nadu. Rajaraja Chola built this temple in the 12th century. Join me on this Online Experience streamed live from the majestic temple complex to get to know the life-like sculptures, marvellous architecture, and intricate carvings of the Chola reign. 

We will start from the statue of Nandi, a gatekeeper of Lord Shiva, and proceed towards the musical stairs that produce musical notes when you throw stones at it; fascinating isn't it? I will then introduce you to Maharayari, the multiple animal-faced protector of the temple. 

Heading inside the temple, we will see the beautiful Ardhnarishwara diety in a unique form called Ardhnarisurya that you will not find anywhere else. Inside the main temple, we will get to see the Mandaba (main hall), where I will help you examine the various pillars of different sizes, each with a unique story of its own! This site also houses the most beautiful intact statue of Lord Ganga that seems to be smiling from every angle, a unique sight you will get to admire up close.

Finally, I will take you to see the Airavatesvara (the white elephant who worships Lord shiva) and other surreal statues dedicated to Lord Shiva with his two sons standing on guard.

About this experience
Instructions
  • Please have a good internet connection and Zoom app installed on your phone or laptop
  • The instructions to join the meeting will be sent via email shortly after the booking
Know before you go
  • Please sign in to the Zoom app five minutes prior to the beginning of the experience
  • This tour involves travelling to various places, at times the internet connection may be weak. However, we will attempt to minimize such disruptions (only for outdoor tours)
  • You can book this tour either for 25 USD per screen OR as a private session for 80 USD for up to 10 screens joining this activity with you from all over the world. You will see the option to book this experience as a private tour on the checkout page if it is available for that time slot
  • Since these are live tours, they may be subject to last minute cancellation due to inclement weather, Internet disruptions or other unforeseen circumstances.
Meet your Host
M. Abirami

I am a licensed tour guide from Tamilnadu Tourism Board, India and hold an M.A degree in History.  I am a resident of Darasuram, which is famous for the Temple of Airavatiswara. My habit of reading historical books helps me provide intriguing historical information to the people who join me on tours.

From USD 25 / Screen
Important Information
  • Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 2 days before the tour.