Tenkasi Kasi Viswanathar Temple :

God and Godess :

  • Kasi Viswanathar swamy
  • Ulagamman
  • Lord vinayaka
  • Lord Murugan

Location :

Tenkasi Kasi Viswanatha temple
Tenkasi(Town),
Tirunalveli / Tirunelveli district-627811
Tamilnadu.

Timings :

  • Morning – 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Evening – 4:00PM to 8:30PM

Temple History :

Arulmigu Sri Kasi Viswanathar Temple is the most famous and historical temple in Tamil Nadu. This temple is located at Tenkasi in Tirunelveli district. This is one of the powerful temples after Rameswaram, Worshipping the Lord in this temple is as equal to worshipping the Lord in Kasi – Varanasi. (Uttar Pradesh). Lord Shiva graces in the temple as a Swayambumurthi. Presiding deity Lord Kasi Viswanatha is visible to the devotee even from a distance of one Km. 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.

History: About 700 years ago, King Parakrama Pandiya was taking up a pilgrimage to Kasi as and when he desired to worship Lord Viswanatha. The Lord(Mahadeva) appeared in his dream that he could build a temple here itself to avoid a long journey to the north. Mahadeva 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 Swayambhulinga near an anthill and built the temple as directed by Lord Shiva. The Raja Gopura (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. 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 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. The Presiding deity is Sri Kasi Viswanatha with Mother Ulgamman. Shenbagam tree and Kasi theertham add to the importance of the temple. 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, single sculptures as Lord Vishnu and Kali Devi are noted for their exquisite beauty.

Festivals :

  • Masi Magam (Feb – March)
  • Navaratri festival (Sep – Oct)
  • Thirukalyanam in Aippasi (Oct – Nov)
  • Boat festival(Teppam) in Avani moola star day(Aug – Sep)
  • NewMoon day Badra Deepa festival in Thai Month (Jan – Feb)
  • Maasi Magam festival (10 days) – (Feb – March)

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Thiruvanandhal pooja – 6:00AM
  • Vila pooja – 7:00AM
  • Kala Sandhi pooja – 8:00AM
  • Uchikalam pooja – 12:00PM
  • Sayaratchai pooja – 6:00PM
  • Arthajamam pooja – 8:30PM
  • PoojaName – Cost
  • Swamy Sannathi – Rs 1000
  • Amman sannathi – Rs 750
  • Balamurugan sannathi – Rs 500
  • Archanai – Rs 3
  • Thiri sadai /Sahasranamam – Rs 5
  • Abhishegam – Rs 25
  • Nilaiyanki – Rs 15
  • Neivethiyam – Rs 5
  • Thanga pavadai – Rs 30
  • Marriage – Rs 500

Nearest Temples Around Tenkasi Kasi Viswanathar Temple :

  • Papanasam – Papanatha temple – 33 km
  • Sankarankovil – Sankaranarayana temple – 45 km
  • Kadayam – Vilava Vananatha temple – 19 km
  • Kalugumalai – Kalugasalamoorthy temple – 63 km
  • Tiruchendur – Subramanya swamy temple – 115 km
  • Nagarcoil – Nagaraja temple – 134 km
  • Kanyakumari – Bhagavathi Amman temple – 139 km
  • Mandaikadu – Bhagavathi Amman temple – 155 km
  • Suchindram – Thanumalayam temple – 142 km
  • Thiruvattar – Adikesava temple – 142 km
  • Courtrallam/Kuttralam – Kutranathar temple – 5 km
  • Srivilliputhur – Andal /Nachiyar temple – 81 km
  • Sathuragiri – Sundaramahalingam temple – 112 km
  • Srivilliputhur – vaidyanath temple – 80 km
  • Virudhunagar – Chokkanatha temple – 133 km
  • Seithur – Thirukanneswar temple – 60 km
  • Thangassery – Amma Chiveedu moorthy temple – 105 km
  • Sasthamcotta – Dharmasastha temple – 97 km
  • Oachira – Parabrahma temple – 117 km
  • Sabarimala – Dharmasastha/Ayyappa temple – 158 km
  • Aranmula – Parthasarathi temple – 110 km
  • Malayalappuzha – Malayalappuzha Devi temple – 97 km
  • Kaviyoor – Mahadevar temple – 124 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Kadayanallur – 17 km
  • Courtrallam/Kuttralam – 6 km
  • Tenkasi – 2 km
  • Ambasamudram – 36 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Tenkasi – 1 km
  • Kadayanallur – 18 km
  • KaliKadayam – 19 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Madhurai – 157 km
  • Coimbatore – 355 km
  • Cochin – 229 km
  • Trivendram – 124 km

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