Nageshwara Swamy temple is yet another ancient temple in the center of the town of Kumbakonam.
Shiva here is known as Nageshwarar and is a swaymbumurthy.( self manifestation)
This is an important Shivalayam. Saint Tirunavukarasar has praised the lord here singing hymns.
Amman here is known as Brihma Nayagi
This temple was constructed by Cholas in 9th century.
The sanctum is designed akin to that of Sarangapani like a chariot. (Check pictures)
The sanctum sanctorum is designed in such a way that the Sun light bathes the presiding deity during the first 3 days of Chittirai month
One can walk down to this temple from Sarangapani temple an important Vishnu desam
There is a shrine for Rahu here .
It is also believed that Adisesha, Takshan and Karkodan sought Shiva's and Amman's blessings here by praying here.
Please do visit the other Nagheshwara Swamy temple is in Tirunageshwaram 7 Kms from Kumbakonam, this is Rahu sthalam ,one of the Navagraha temples.