Kumbakonam is one of the oldest and holiest places in South India held sacred by both the Vaishnavites and the Saivites.. This ancient town, located between Rivers Kaveri and Arasalar, is home to about 18 famous temples which are located in and around it. Kumbeswarar, Sarangapani, Nageswarar, and Chakrapani Temples are few important to mention among them. Though the town dates back to the Sangam period, it came into prominence during the medieval Chola period in the 7thCentury AD and again in the British period as the Cambridge of South India because of its many educational institutions. Kumbakonam is also well known for the Mahamagham festival which takes place once in 12 years.