But Trade was also carried out through western ports on the Arabian sea.
Chera kings used this route.
But for the Chola’s,whose Ports were in the East,had to reach the western ports .
And they used Kumbakonam as the Entry point to the western Ports.
The early Chola,Karikal Valavan held Court in Kumbakonam.
Imagine building on a Rock by carving and that too two temples and one of them, Thaayamaanavar , is so designed that the Sun’s rays fall at the feet of Shiva Linga on three days of a year
Events narrated in different Puranas and Ithihasas check with the local sthala puranas. Sthala Puranas are local legends associated with the temple present in the city.
Amirthakadeswarar, Shiva, who has Amirtha, nectar.
Those who worship Him would gain the liberation of the Soul.
As usual, the abstract meaning got lost and people throng this place for longevity.
Though it is granted, the real benefit is removal of Human ignorance that he is limited and mortal.
The Tamil Cholas are referred to as the descendants of Ikshvaku Clan,to which Lord Rama belonged.
So the refernce to a temple earlier to that of Srirangam gains credibility.
The Temple of Pundarikaksha(Vishnu) is mentioned in Sangam Classics and also referred to in King Rajaraja’s inscriptions.