Darasuram is 4 Kms from Kumbakonam. This temple built by Raja Raja Chola dedicated
to Lord Siva, is either called as Drasuram temple or Airavateswara Temple.
This is well preserved temple of the 12th century Chola Kingdom. The columns
of the temple have unique and excellent miniature sculptures. This is termed as
one of the Great Living Chola Temples along with
and the Gangaikondan Cholapuram
During the 14th century the large stone statues surrounding the temple was replaced
with brick and mortar statues similar to that of Big Temple at Thanjavur.
Achaeological Survey of India
has restored the temple. UNESCO
declared it as World Heritage Monument in its 2004 list.