The Sri Tenkasi Kasi Viswanathar Temple is located in Tenkasi and is dedicated to God Sri Tenkasi Kasi Viswanathar. Sages Narada, Agasthya and Mrugandu as well as Indira, Vali and Nandhi had worshipped the God in this temple. About 700 years ago, King Parakrama Pandiya took up a pilgrimage to Kasi when he desired to worship God Viswanatha. The God appeared in his dream and said that he could build a temple here to avoid a long journey to the north. He advised the king to follow the path taken by ants and build the temple where it ended. The line of ants ended on the banks of the Chitraru River dense with Shenbaga trees. He found a Swayambulinga near an anthill and built the temple as directed by the God.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To be blessed with the benefits of a pilgrimage
- For peace of mind
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.