Lord Shiva

Temple History

Sri Kasi Vishwanathar temple is located in Tenkasi, Tirunelveli district of Tamilnadu. 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 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.

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 appeared in his dream that he could build a temple here itself to avoid a long journey to 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.

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. 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 (the cupid and his beautiful wife Rathi), single sculptures as Lord Vishnu and Kali Devi are noted for their exquisite beauty.


Additional Information

Temple board is maintaining Nityannadanam for the visiting devotees. Hotels and lodges are available for the accommodation of devotees in Tenkasi and Tirunelveli.

10 days Masi Magam in February-March, Navarathri in September-October, Tirukalyanam in Aipasi (October-November), boat festival (teppam) in Avani Moola star day in August-September, new moon day Badra Deepa festival in the month of Thai (January-February) are festivals very grandly celebrated in the temple.

Tirunelveli City is 55 km from Tenkasi. Tirunelveli City is well connected by road and rail with Southern States and Tamilnadu major cities. Tenkasi Railway station is 1.3 km from the temple. Buses and private transport is available from Tirunelveli and Tenkasi railway junctions.
Trivandrum International Airport is 112 km and Madurai International Airport is 158 km in distance.
  • Morning: 6:00am to 12:00pm Evening: 4:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Contact Person: Temple Office
  • Contact Number: +91 - 4633 - 222 373