SASTRA's off campus centre at Kumbakonam known as Srinivasa Ramanujan Centre (SRC) is a fitting tribute to the great Mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan, who spent most of his formative years in this temple town of Kumbakonam. Kumbakonam gets its name from the presiding deity Lord Aadhi Kumbeshwarar. The cradle of South Indian Culture, the town is known for its temples, intricately carved panchaloha idols, exquisite brasswares especially lamps, silk and betel leaves. The place, like many other sacred places spread across the country, is known for the Mahamaham festival. The festival celebrated once in twelve years coincides with the entry of Sun and Jupiter into constellation of Aquarius and Leo respectively. People from all walks of life have a dip in the Mahamaham tank along with the presiding deities of the town. This occasion is said to absolve the people of their sins.
Many intellectuals, musicians, sthapathis (people well-versed in design and construction of temples and arving of idols) and silk weavers hail from in and around Kumbakonam. Located on the banks of river Cauvery, this place can be reached from Chennai, either by rail or by road in about six hours.