The objects such as mango leaf, sacred grass (Tharppai), hoop (uri), Bell tree leaf (Bilva), coconut and the sacred thread (poonool)which adorning the pot fell into different places due to whirl wind.They appeared as Shiva lingas and later on they became Siva temples.As per puranas the genesis of life happened by the the Thiru Vilaiaadal (divne play) of God Shiva here, and from here all the living beings originated.The Adi Kumbeswarar temple complex covers an area of 30,181 sq ft (2,803.9 m2) and houses four gateway towers known as gopurams.The tallest is the eastern tower, with 11 stories and a height of 128 feet (39 m) The temple has numerous shrines, with those of Kumbeswarar and Mangalambigai Amman being the most prominent. Near by temples are – Ramaswamy Temple, Birman Temple, Someswarar Temple and Chakarapani temples.The temple complex houses many halls; the most notable is the sixteen-pillared hall built during the Vijayanagar period that has all the 27 stars and 12 zodiacs sculpted in a single stone. Auto Rickshaw, Mini bus, Town buses are the modes of transport you can take to reach the Adi Kumbeswarar Temple.The Pururanas derive the meaning of the shape and the name.The city name Kumbakonam itself is derived from the name of God – Kumba and the slight angle of the Linga and hence the name “Kumbakonam”.
The Shiva Linga is slightly tilted at the top towards left and hence the name kumbakonam (kumba – pot;konam -bend) and the deity kumbeshwara.
Adi Kumbeswarar Temple : Kumbeswarar temple is a famous Hindu temple with presiding deity of Kumbakonam and the Lord’s consort Manthrapeeteswari Mangalambika.
The famous Hindu festival of Mahamaham is associated with this temple.
Adi Kumbeswarar Temple is located in the holy city of Kumbakonam. Adi is of primordial origin implies ancient or the first and the foremost.
The Kumbeswarar is in Shiva Linga form which is formless and boundless. The shape of the linga is of very special significance, it is a conical shaped lingam, This is a unique linga in the world.
This temple comprises of three Praharas and three Gopurams in the eastern, northern and western directions.