Dr. T. Jayaraj,
Director, Tamil Nadu Rice Research Institute,
Aduthurai - 612 101
Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu, India
Phone: +91 435 2472098 (Office); 2472108 (Personal); 2473832 (Seeds)
Fax: +91 435 2472881
HOW TO REACH
Air: The nearest airports are Trichy and Chennai.
Rail and Road: Kumbakonam/Aduthurai is easily accessible from different parts of Tamil Nadu By trains and buses.
Aduthurai 13 Kms form Kumbakonam on the Chidambaram road and It is famous for Suriyanar Temple and Rice.
Kumbakonam is the temple city of South India situated in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. The city is famous for the Mahamaham festival that is celebrated once in 12 years in the Mahamaham tank located in the heart of it. The town has also been well - known for its prestigious educational institutions which have turned out eminent stalwarts in diverse spheres. The town is famous for brass vessels. It is primarily a market town for the predominantly agriculture based villages surrounding it. Betel leaves are cultivated more in Kumbakonam since it is also called as Kumbakonam Vettrilai (in Tamil). The city is surrounded by two rivers namely Kauvery and Arasalar. In the 7th century it was the capital of the Chola Kingdom.
Kumbakonam, the temple town boasts of a large number of beautiful temples. Some of its famous temples are Sarangapani temple, Darasura temple, Chakrapani temple and Kumbeshwara temple. The beauty of the Sarangapani and Ramaswamy temples deserve mention. Sarangapani temple is the largest Vishnu temple of Kumbakonam. Its history dates back to the 13th century. Towering to the height of 147 feet, the temple was built by the Nayak Kings. The Karuvarai and Vimanam are the beautifully carved pillars whichform a great attraction of the temple. The walls of the Ramaswamy temple are painted with scenes from the great Hindu epic Ramayana. Dedicated to lord Rama, goddess Sita and Hanumana, the idol in the sanctum of the temple is said to be carved from Saligrama monolith. The pillars are decorated with intricate carvings.