Kasi Vishwanathar Temple
Kasi Vishwanathar Temple-Kumbakonam

Kasi Viswanathar Temple is located in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu. Shiva is worshipped as Kasi Viswanathar, and is represented by the lingam. His consort Parvati is depicted as Visalakshi. The presiding deity is revered in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work, the Tevaram, written by Tamil saint poets known as the nayanars and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam. Kasi Viswanathar Temple is an ancient Lord Shiva temple in Kumbakonam having 72 ft Gopuram. Nine women who represent nine rivers such as Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Kaveri, Godavari, Narmada, Krishna, Tungabhadra and Saruu come here to bathe in the Mahamam tank in Every 12 years.

The temple complex covers two acres and is located close to the Mahamaham tank. It houses two gateway towers known as Gopurams. The temple has numerous shrines, with those of Kasi Viswanathar, Visalakshi and Navakanniyar being the most prominent.

History

Saint Poet (7th Century BC) This place is in the name of Thirunanasan Shankar and Thirunavukarsar Mentioned.  This temple is referred back to Ramayanam period when Lord Rama and Lakshmana are said to have worshipped Shiva here during their search for Sita, and acquired Rudramsam, to enable them to fight Ravana. India’s Nine sacred rivers Banaras (Vishwanathar) wipe out Lord Shiva with pujas, Mahamakam It is said that bathing in the tank and worshiping the Kumbeswarar temple of Adi. Viswanathar of Kaasi is believed to have manifested himself here at Kumbhakonam at Kudandaikkaronam.

The temple associated with Sri Ramar has another history. Shri Ram kasi Wiswanatha worshiped and received the Rudraksha garland (Seed is produced by many large green foliage in the seed Elyokarpas and is considered as sacred saris for praying in Hinduism).

Speciality

Lord Shiva Linga is under the tree of Neem.

Opening timing

Morning 6.00 am to 12.00 noon

Evening 4.00 pm to 8.30 p.m

Festivals

Masi Maham Festival – February – March (10 days)

Maha Magam Festival (once in 12 years)

By Road

There are regular government and private bus services to Chennai, Thanjavur, Mannargudi, Tiruchirapalli, Chidambaram, Nagapattinam, Coimbatore, Madurai, Pondicherry, and Tirunelveli.[90] The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) operates daily services from Bangalore and Mysore to Kumbakonam.


By Train      

Kumbakonam is connected by rail with most important towns and cities in South India. The Mysore- Mayiladuthurai Express connects Kumbakonam with Mysore and Bangalore. There are regular express trains that connect Kumbakonam with major cities in the state like Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai and Tiruchirapalli.


By Air      

The nearest international airport is at Tiruchirapalli, which is 91 km (57 miles) from Kumbakonam.

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