If Benares is Kasi of North , it is Tenkasi, Kasi of South where Lord Siva resides to bless His devotees on the banks of river Chitraru. Worshipping Lord here is considered to be equal to that of worshipping him in Benares.
This temple has a magnificent tower that stands 180 feet tall and is visible from kilometres away. This temple is in Tiruvenlveli district of Tamilnadu and is 5 kms from the tourist spot Coutrallam which is famous for its waterfalls having medicinal properties.
The huge coutryard in front of the temple has lush green grass and in the background of the temple we see the Podighai hills full of herbs and medicinal plants. A mandapam, leads one inside the main temple. Inside the sanctum resides the main deity Kasi Viswanathar , a huge Sivalingam of exceptional grace and beauty.This is a swayambhu Lingam. The well decked up Lingam would mesmerise any one . It is total surrender we feel when we are in front of the Lord of the Universe. The tranquillity inside renders supreme happiness. Siva's consort here is known as Ulgammal. The Amman shrine is to the left of the Siva's shrine. There are shrines for Vinayagar and for Subramanya in the inner prakaram of the temple. Each pillar is adorned with excellent sculptures of Gods and Godesses and of Pandya kings who were patrons of the temple.
The legend is that a Pandya king wished to go the North Kasi to worship Siva there. But Lord appeared to him in his dream and asked him to build a temple to avoid the long journey . He was advised to follow a group of ants and next day he did so and found a swayambhulingam . It is believed that this is the Lingam what we see in the temple now.
How to reach
Tirunelveli is the biggest rail head nearby own nearby which has good hotel facilities. Tenkasi also has a railway station. This is a small town and is at a distance of 50 kms. from Tirunelveli.