Name of the Temple

Sri Someswarar temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Someswarar

Ambal: Thenar Mozhial, Somasundari

Sthala Theertham: Chandra puskarni

Sthala Virksham: Vilvam

Devaram: Thiruganansampanthar


This temple ancient name is Kudanthaikaronam, there are two more karonam in tamilnadu one at kanchipuram and another one at Nagapattinam. As Soma (moon ) and veyalan (guru) worshipped lord here, The lord in this place  called as Veyala Someswarar.

According to Hindu legends when the pot containing Amrita was broken, a string shaped in the form of a hoop was thrown outside the pot.This hooped string formed a Shivalinga in the place where the Someswara Temple now stands.

Lord Muruga grants darshan sitting on a peacock with sandal in one this place there is a unique custome,the sadari is kept in devotees head as in perumal temple. The temple has only one prakara.  As Moon and Jupiter worshipped in this temple, Mondays and Thursdays have huge devotee crowd in the temple.  There are three entrances to the temple.  Devotees can have the darshan of Lord Maleesar and Mangala Nayaki if they go through the Rajagopuram entrance.  As Vishnu (Mal) worshipped here, Lord is known as Maleesar.  Somanathar and Thenarmozhi darshan is open to those coming through Kattai Gopuram entrance.  The north entrance leads devotees to the darshan of Someswarar and Somasundari.  Lord’s blessing is open to devotees coming from any entrance

Looking at the architecture of the temple one is instantly reminded of the Dravidian style of the 13th century. This was the time when the Later Cholas were ruling over the town of Kumbakonam. In fact, the construction of the temple is dedicated to the Chola Kings who were great worshippers of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati. The later kings added to the temple, but the style predominantly is that of the Chola Kings. Lord Somaskandar blesses the devotees in the inner mandap.  There are 8 sculptures on the sanctum wall in worshipping posture. Lord Nataraja has His shrine with Mother Sivakami.  He is named Kana Nattam Udayar meaning that the Lord would have no loss if devotees overlook praying to Him but it would be a loss only to such indifferent ones.  Praying in this shrine, according beliefs, brings the devotee progress in his trade and promotions in job.

100 devotees of this place took an undertaking in the year 1964 of writing the holy Panchakshra (five letters) Mantra “ Shivaya Nama” one lakh each thus making a total of one crore.  They bound each such book and preserved it in a box.  Till today, the holy box is safely kept in the temple.


Someswar Temple is 2 km away from Kumbakonam Bus Terminal. The bus stop name is Portamarai Kulam in Tanjore Road.The bus stop is very near to Temple. There are lot of town buses / autos available for this temple.

Temple Timings:

6.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

0435-243 0349.

Temple Address:

Sri Someswarar temple,

Kumbakonam-612 001

Thanjavur dst.