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Sri Kasi Viswanathar temple
 
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Moolavar: Kasi Viswanathar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Visalakshi
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: -
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Pazhanganatham
  District: Madurai
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
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 Festival:
     
  Maha sivarathiri  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Sun god prays to Kasi Viswanatha in the shrine known for his liberal grace on people assuring all salvation. The rays of sun fall on the lord here during the period from April 5 to may 5 between 6.35 and 7.15 a.m. and again from September 5 to October 5 from 6.40 to 7.15 a.m.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is opened from 5.30 to 8.30 a.m. and 6.00 to 8.30 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Kasi Viswanathar Temple, Pazhanganatham, Madurai Dist.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91 452 237 1909, 97895 98380, 90438 46451 
    
 General Information:
     
 

Sun god prays to Kasi Viswanatha in the shrine known for his liberal grace on people assuring all salvation.   The rays of sun fall on the lord here during the period from April 5 to may 5 between 6.35 and 7.15 a.m. and again from September 5 to October 5 from 6.40 to 7.15 a.m.

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

Lord Shiva is in the form of air in Kalahasthi, so in the Pazhanganatham temple as the flame of the lamp in goddess sanctorum is ever shaking.  Also Patanjali is the ruler for Rahu and Ketu.  Those afflicted by the disadvantageous aspects of Rahu and Ketu are advised to worship Patanjali.  Couple separated from each other gets united if they worship him with jasmine garlands.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees perform abishek, archanas and offer vastras to Lord and Mother. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

Goddess Visalakshi: Goddess Visalakshi is in a standing position on the stage (avudayar) of the linga and is known as Muppeda Nayaki.  Those worshipping Kasi Viswanatha and Visalakshi are bound to enjoy a happy marital life.

 

Madurai Kalahasti: Lord Shiva is in the form of air in Kalahasthi, so in the Pazhanganatham temple as the flame of the lamp in goddess sanctorum is ever shaking.  Also Patanjali is the ruler for Rahu and Ketu.  Those afflicted by the disadvantageous aspects of Rahu and Ketu are advised to worship Patanjali.  Couple separated from each other gets united if they worship him with jasmine garlands.

 

Speciality: Devotees also offer things to Patanjali equal to their weight, called Thulabaram.  Those aspiring to perform yoga and meditation may sit under the Vilwa tree here facing north and they are sure to have enlightenment. They develop memory power, progress in education and aspire for wisdom.  Yoga classes are conducted here each Sunday.

 

Shiva Dakshinamurthy: Lord Shiva here is facing south as Dakshinamurthy with Japamala in the right hand, palm leaf in the left hand, Ganga in the head, the snake in the upper right hand and fire in the upper left hand while the seven Rishis (Saptha Rishis) standing before him.  He is clad in tiger skin.

 

Kanaka Durga: Though we find either Vishnu Durga or Shiva Durga in temples, it is Kanakadurga in this temple. People perform Poojas to Kanakadurga with yellow flowers during the Rahukala time on Tuesdays and Fridays (3.00 to 4.30 p.m) on Tuesdays and 10.30 to 12.00 a.m. on Fridays) for relief from debt burdens.  They are blessed with wealth, believe he devotees.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

Lord Vishnu gave sister Meenakshi to lord Sundareswara in marriage and lord Brahmma conducted the wedding ceremony. Among those who had the luck of witnessing the function were Maharshis Patanjali and Vyakrapada.  They were following the practice of taking their food only after viewing the dance of lord Shiva in Chidamabaram – Ponnambalam.  As they were in Madurai then for the wedding, lord Shiva created the Ponnambalam and performed his dance.  The Rishis enjoyed the dance and had their breakfast then.

 

Then Patanjali sat under a tree in yoga.  Pandya king Sadaya Vikrama Pandian constructed a temple in the spot with the ardent love of worshipping Kasi Viswanatha.  As it could not be possible to visit Kasi each day for the worship, he constructed the temple here. He attained salvation happily.  The lord is in lying pose in the temple.  According to traditions, Shiva Lingas in tall and big size are known as standing, the middle size as sitting and the small ones are known as lying.

 
     
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