God and Godess :

  • Lord Viswanathar
  • Visalakshi
  • Navagraha
  • Gangadhara
  • ¬†Lord Chandikeswara and Lord Kala Bhairava¬†
  • Ganapathy, Nataraja, Sivakama Sundari, Pradoshamurthi and Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai.

Location :

Palakkad Kasi Viswanatha Swamy Temple
Chathapuram, Kalpathy, Palakkad,
Palakkad district – 678003
Kerala.

Timings :

  • Morning – 5.30 a.m to 10.00 a.m
  • Evening – 5.00 p.m to 8.00 p.m

Temple History :

Sri Visalakshi Sametha Sri Kasi Viswanatha Swamy Temple, popularly called as Kalpathy Temple, is located at Kalpathy village in Palakkad District, Kerala. This temple is also called as Kundukovil and Dakshina Kashi. Lord Shiva is the principle deity of this temple called as Sri Kasi Visweswara Swamy and Goddess Parvathi Devi here called as Sri Kasi Visalakshi Amma. The temple is situated on the bank of the River Kalpathy, a tributary of Bharathapuzha, and surrounded by the four Tamil Brahmin Agraharams or traditional villages, namely, New Kalpathy, Old Kalpathy, Chathapuram, and Govindarajapuram. The presiding deity, Lord Viswanathaswami is surrounded by a Kshnaiga lingam. The idol of Lord Subramanya is flanked by his consorts, Valli and Devasena, and Kalabairava. On the right side of the inner prakara is the Kanaka Sabha where you can see the bronze idol of Lord Nataraja. Another interesting feature of this Dakshina Kashi Temple is that the idols of Sri Viswanathaswamy and Sri Visalakshi are attached to the pedestals by Ashtabandhanam which is a mixture of eight elements. This help fixes the idol to the peetham or base. The Viswanathaswamy idol is a Bana Lingam which extends four inches higher than the pedestal, while the idol of Goddess Vishalakshi is placed twenty-four inches above the pedestal up to the top of the crown.

Legend: According to legends, Lakshmi Ammal, a Brahmin widow, is said to have brought the Shiva Lingam from Kasi during her visit to that holy place. At Kalpathy, she desired to consecrate the Siva Lingam and construct a temple on the banks of Nila River. It is said that she approached the then Raja, Ittilkombi Achan of Palakkad, who had agreed and constructed the temple. Kalpathy Viswanatha Swamy Temple is linked to the Kasi Viswanatha Swami Temple, because the main deity here is Lord Siva and the temple is on the banks of river Kalpathy, like Kasi on the banks of river Ganges. Hence there is a saying, Kasiyil Pathi Kalpathy, that is, half of Kasi is Kalpathy. According to some of the stone inscription in front of the Kalpathy Shiva Temple which tells that it was built in the 1425 A.D. Hence, Kalpathy Viswanatha Swamy Temple is regarded as the oldest temple in Malabar. Next to the stone slab is the Bhadralingam (Bhadra Linga). The idol of Gnana Nandikeswarar is seen in front of it, facing Lord Viswanathaswamy. The eight sides of the prakaram are for Lord Indra, Lord Agni, Yama Deva, Niruruthi, Lord Varuna, Lord Vayu, Lord Kubera, and Lord Eesanan. The idol of Sri Viswanathaswamy is situated in the direction of Kubera, facing east, and near to this is Goddess Visalakshi facing south. Nandikeswarar, who is seen in front of Sri Viswanathaswamy, appears in three forms. The three forms indicate Aathmathathwam, Vidyathathwam, and Sivathathwam.

Festivals :

  • Shivaratri
  • Navaratri
  • Thiruonam

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Rudrabisheka
  • Mrutyanjya Japa
  • Archana
  • Abhishekam

Nearest Temples Around Palakkad kasi viswanatha temple :

  • Temple Name – Area/City – Distance (in KM)
  • Pollachi Subramanya temple – Coimbator district – 47.00 km
  • Angadipuram Thirumandhamkunnu bhagavathi temple – Malappuram district – 61.00 km
  • Arattupuzha Sri sastha temple – Thrissur district – 79.00 km
  • Guruvayur Sree Guruvayoorappan temple – Thrissur district – 95.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Palakkad – 4 km
  • Ottapalam – 35 km
  • Thathamangalam – 20 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

Palakkad – 2 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Trivendrum – 339 km
  • Cochin – 113 km
  • Calicut – 101 km
  • Kannur – 216 km
  • Coimbatore – 69 km
  • Tiruchirapalli – 274 km
  • Mangaluru – 368 km

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