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Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple Timings – Information on Gangaikonda Cholapuram in Tamil Nadu


Gangaikonda Cholapuram temple is located at Ariyalur District in Tamil Nadu. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The main sanctum sanctorum at the Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple consists of huge Shivling. The height of the Shivling is thirteen feet (3.90 meters). It is believed to be the biggest in all the Shiva temples in South India. Shiva is worshipped here as Gangaikondacholishwara.

Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple Timings

Morning Darshan Time
6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening Darshan Time
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

About the Temple

Mother Goddess Parvati is worshipped here as Brihanayaki and her sanctum is located to the northern side of the main sanctum sanctorum.

There is a separate shrine to Chandesha.

Subsidiary shrines are dedicated to Surya.


There are beautiful figures in the niches of the sanctum. These figures are of dancing Ganesha, Ardhanarishwara, Harihara, Nataraja, Gangadhara, Lingodbhavamurti, Vishnu and his consorts, Kartikeya, Kalantaka Shiva, Mahishsuramardini, Brahma who is flanked by Savitri and Saraswati.
Some the rare beautiful sculptures in the temple are of Chandeshanugrahamurti, Kamataka Lakshmi and Saraswati.


There is a beautifully carved monolithic navgraha on chariot of the sun drawn by the seven horses.
There are also some magnificent bronze images of Muruga.

The main Vimana of the temple is 30 meters square with a height of 54 meters and it has eight storeys.


A circular well guarded by a lion stands to the northeast of the vimana. It is called Simhakeni. The lion is believed to have been added in the 19th century.

A huge figure of nandi faces the main shrine.