Kasi Viswanathar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva in tenkasi, a town in Tirunelveli district in Tamil Nadu. This temple is also known as Ulagamman Temple. It is believed that worshipping the Lord in this temple is as equal to worshipping the Lord in Kasi. The consort of Kasi Viswanathar is known as Ullagamman in this temple. This temple has three shrines – Lord Siva, goddess Amman and Lord Murugan. The tower of the temple was simply flat till the year 1967. In the year 1990, a tower, as tall as 180 feet was very artistically built and the temple looks quite majestically now. The temple was built by Parakrama Pandyan in Dravidian style. This temple boasts beautiful sculptures and also has musical stone pillars that produce different sounds when tapped with fingers. The temple is noted for the three importances of Murthy (the deity), Thalam (holiness of the place) and theertham the holy water attributed to the temple. To facilitate enjoying the natural beauty of Tenkasi, broad roads are laid from the nine points of the tower, as if the devotee is walking on the space. At the ninth point of the tower, a balcony is also constructed to go round the tower. The beauty of the sculptures of the temple is widely known the world over. The twin sculptures – the Veerabadras, Thandavamurthis, two Tamil Mothers, Rathi and Manmatha (the cupid and his beautiful wife Rathi), single sculptures as Lord Vishnu and Kali Devi are noted for their exquisite beauty.
- Shenbagam tree and Kasi theertham add to the importance of the temple.
- Lord Shiva graces in the temple as a swayambumurthi. Worshipping the Lord in this temple is as equal to worshipping the Lord in Kasi –Varanasi. Presiding deity Lord Kasi Viswanatha is visible to the devotee even from a distance of one kilometer. The temple is so vastly constructed with this facility to the devotees. While Mother Durga faces South in almost all temples, She faces west in this temple.
About 700 years ago, King Parakrama Pandiya was taking up a pilgrimage to Kasi as and when he desired to worship Lord Viswanatha. Lord appeared in his dream to build a temple here itself to avoid the long journey in the north. He advised the king to follow the movement of ants’ row and build the temple where it ended. The ant-line ended on the banks Chitraru River dense with Shenbaga trees. He found a swayambulinga near an anthill and built the temple as directed by the Lord.
Morning 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.
Evening 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
- Thiruvanathal – 6.00 A.m.
- Vila Pooja – 7.00 A.m.
- Kalasanthi pooja – 8.00 P.m.
- Uchikalam – 12.00 P.m.
- Sayaratchai – 6.00 P.m.
- Arthasamam – 8.30 P.m.
- 10 Masi Magam in February-March
- Navarathri in September-October
- Tirukalyanam in October-November
- Boat festival (teppam) in Avani Moola star day in August-September
- New moon day Badra Deepa festival in January-February
Tenkasi is connected with almost important towns and cities of Tamilnadu by road. Tenkasi is about 50km from Tirunelveli. Long distance buses run by SETC and various private transport corporations are available from Tenkasi to Chennai, Bengaluru, Kollam, Coimbatore, Thiruvananthapuram, Puducherry, Guruvayoor, Tirupathi and other places.
The nearest railway station is Tenkasi
The nearest airport Thiruvananthapuram and Madurai Airport.
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