The Nayak dynasty, rulers of Thanjavur in the 16th and 17th century are well known for the amazing architectural work done under their aegis. They are also equally well known as great patrons of the arts, especially painting and sculpture. Built under the aegis of Raghunatha Nayak, the Ramaswamy Temple located at Kumbakonam, is a fine display of the skill in painting and sculpture that flourished under their patronage.
The rajagopuram of the temple leads you to a hall with pillars – each with exquisite carvings done on them. The Mukha mandapam located just outside the main sanctum displays sixty two amazing frescoes depicting scenes from and of the ten avatars taken by Lord Vishnu. This hall with its pillars is the most important of the enclosures in the temple. Three of the walls of the inner prakaram which encircles the sanctum sanctorum are covered with paintings done using vegetable dyes and depicting scenes from the Ramayana. The fourth wall is covered with a single painting, an absolute marvel of Tanjore art using color, gem stones and gold foil, depicts the crowning ceremony of Lord Rama on his return to Ayodhya after his exile (the final Pattahishekam).
The same coronation, sculpted in stone is on display in the sanctum. Looking lifelike and radiating beauty and dignity, the idols are a sculpted masterpiece. Here you find the idol of Hanuman, Lord Rama’s loyal devotee, sitting while holding a book in one hand and a veena in the other. So life like is the idol, that you feel one can hear Hanuman singing the verses of the Ramayana.
|Timings||All days of the week 5:00 AM - 12:00 PM 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
|Visit Duration||Around an hour|