One of the greatest festivals in India, which attracts large crowd of pilgrims from all parts of the country, will be performed at Kumbakonam, in the holy Mahamaham Tank. This holy bathing festival of Mahamaham occurs once in 12 years at Kumbakonam
The famous Mahamaham Tank of Kumbakonam is in the heat of the town. This tank covers an area of 20 acres and is in a shape of a pot. The tank is surrounded by 16 small Mandapams and one “Nava Kannika Temple” in the Eastern Side. Govinda Theekshitar, the Chieftain, of Achutha Nayaka of Thanjavur, constructed sixteen Mandapams and stone steps around this tank Next Mahamaham Festival in kumbakonam tamilnadu is 2016 Feb-March
Theerthavalam (Holy procession in Mahamaham Tank Kumbakonam on Pournami)
If Moorthy, thalam, theertham, the three responsible factors are sacred, the whole place is set to be the holiest place on earth. Hindu shrines attain a unique status when blessed with three special attributes moorthy(deity), thalam (temple) and theertham (source of water). So, Theertham (Water) is the important source to live in the world. To give the importance to the people, every pournami day (new moon day), in the Mahamaham Tank, Kumbakonam, the theerthavalam (holy procession around the Mahamaham Tank 3 times) festival is performed. Before starting this theerthavalam, the shivachariya (priest) perform the pooja in the bank of Mahamaham Tank to the theertham and give the Aarthi to the theertham. Then the Theerthavalam starts with chanting of mantras and slogas.