Kumbakonam sarangapani templeThe largest Vishnu temple in Kumbakonam, with a 50m high east gate, is Sri Sarangapani temple. It is located near to Uchipilliar Kovil, about 2 miles away from Kumbakonam railway station, Ayikulam road. This temple shrine in the form of a chariot, was the work of Cholas during the 12th Century. It is one of 108 Divya Desams and Pancharanga Kshetrams. This temple lies along River Cauvery, is considered one among the three major shrines of Lord Vishnu and it was renovated during the period of Nayaka Kingdom of 16th Century. It consists of the biggest Gopuram (150ft), and five Praharas and one holy tank, known as Porthamarai Kulam, which is located behind the temple. The Karuvarai and Vimanam are made with 12-sculptured columns shaped like a chariot.