April 21, 2011

Kasi Viswanath Temple - Chennai

Kasi Viswanath Temple is a popular temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in Chennai city of South India. This temple is located in West Mambalam area. As per the typical South Indian temple architecture, this temple has the east facing tower (Rajagopuram), dhwajastambha (flag staff) and bali peetha. The main shrine has Kasi Viswanath in the form of a small Shiv Linga along with the Nandi idol in front of him.

The Goddess of the temple, Visalakshi is found in a separate south facing shrine. The wall surrounding the main shrine has the small niche images of Ganesha, Dakshinamurti, Vishnu, Brahma, and Durga. The corridor (prakara) of this temple has a lot of idols of shrines for other Gods and Goddesses.

Other idols in the temple:

1) Ganesha
2) 63 Nayanmars (63 main devotees of Shiva)
3) Nalvar (four important Nayanmars)
4) Devotees/sainst such as Vallalar, Sekkilar, Pattinathar and Ramalinga Adigal

Sub-shrines in the temple:

1) Ganesha
2) Murugan along with his consorts Valli and Devasena
3) Bhairav
4) Navagraha
5) Ganesha under a tree

There is a pillar in this temple which has some important and rare images such as Narasimha, Vishnu, Adhikara Nandi, Sharbeshwara and Pratyingara Devi seated on the lion.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Kasi Viswanath Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location:  West Mambalam, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: A famous Shiva temple in Chennai

Nearest Railway Station: Chennai - well connected from the cities/towns all over India

Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road from any part of the city; local train facility is also available in West Mambalam
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Chennai
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Chinese, South Indian, Gujarati, North Indian, Punjabi,....- you can find everything in Chennai city

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