Dedicated to a Lord Shiva avatar is a Hindu shrine in Tamil Nadu known as Kasi Vishwanthar. This “Shiva temple” is located in Kumbakonam in the Thanjavur district. Covering an area of about two acres this temple complex is also situated in close proximity to a tank called “Mahamaham”. In addition, this temple also comprises of two towering “Gopurams” (i.e. gateway towers). Furthermore, “Masi Magam”, a popular festival is celebrated annually in between February and March. Currently, this temple is being maintained and administered by the “Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of the Tamil Nadu Government”.
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a. How to reach Kasi Vishwanthar Temple
1. By train:
The nearest railway station to this temple is located in Trichy. The Trichy Railway Station is well connected to major stations like Coimbatore, Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Madurai, Mysore etc.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal starting points will be Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ernakulum, and Madurai.
- Via Bangalore:
There are two routes from Bangalore to this temple, and they are via NH44 and via NH38.
- Via Chennai:
There are two routes from Chennai to this temple, and they are via Chennai Villupuram Trichy Kanyakumari Road and NH38, and via Chennai Villipuram Trichy Kanyakumari Road and NH44.
- Via Hyderabad:
There is one route from Hyderabad to this temple, and they are via NH44.
- Via Ernakulum:
There are two routes from Ernakulum to this temple, and they are via NH66 and NH74 and via NH744.
- Via Madurai:
There are two routes from Madurai to this temple, and they are via NH744 and via NH44.
3. By air:
The closest airport to this temple is located in Trichy. The Trichy Airport is well connected to major cities in country as well as to international destination.
c. Religious significance of the Kasi Vishwanthar Temple
According to a popular local legend, nine pious rivers in the country happened to pray to Lord Shiva (at Varanasi), asking him to absolve them from all the sins washed away by bathers. In response, Shiva directed people towards the Mahamagam tank and instructed them to worship the Adi Kumbeswarar Temple in Kumbakonam. Thus it was at this spot that the avatar of Shiva i.e. Kashi Vishwanthar is said to have appeared, and as a result this temple was then constructed.
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