According to legends, the Goddess Ganga and the Goddess representing the other holy rivers come to the Mahamaham Tank to wash away the sins of the people who bathe in them. Located in Kumbakonam close to the Adi Kumbeswarar Temple, the tank spread over an area of three acres is shaped like a broken pot. Straight on the East and West banks, the North and South banks of the tank are curved thus giving the image of a water pot. According to legends, a water pot containing holy water broke at this place and made the tank sacred. There are shrines on the banks of the lake and wells within the tank.
The Mahamaham Festival that is considered as sacred as the Maha Kumbha Mela is held at this venue once every twelve years. Held in the months of February and March, the last Mahamaham Festival was in the year 2004 with the place witnessing over four million devotees and followers converging to this spot. The Kasi Viswanathar Temple located on the bank of the Mahamaham Tank holds the idols of the nine river Goddesses. Legend says that the lingam at the temple was made by Lord Shiva himself using sand and nectar as the material.
The town and its people wait for the event to take place and make themselves ready to host and support this large gathering of humanity as it descends on the place to partake in the Mahamaham Festival.
|Visit Duration||30 to 45 minutes|