Kasi Viswanathar Naduchatram

Kasi Viswanathar, Naduchatram

Saivite Temples - Virudhunagar District


Kasi Viswanathar, facing east


Annapoorani, facing south

Other Deities

Surya with consorts, Vinayaka, Muruga with consorts, Kubera Saneeswara, Manmadhan, Bhairava, Naagar, Chandran with consort. Sanctum niches – Dakshinamurthy, Chandikeswara

Kasi Viswanathar Naduchatram is a small east-facing temple situated in a single Prakaram. The entrance is through a gateway in the east. A long corridor leads inside the temple followed by a Mahamandapam common to the main deity and the south-facing shrine of the goddess. The Nandi facing the Lord here is unique as it has one eye seeing Lord Shiva and another turned towards the goddess. An Ardha Mandapam is in front of the sanctum sanctorum of the main deity. There are cloistered mandapams in the sides of the Prakaram around the sanctum. The ablution water drainage outlets have carvings above them. The pillars in the mandapam have a lot of nice carvings on them including Anjaneya, Vishnu, Nagammal, and others. The Saneeswara Idol here has its head slanted to one side. The Chandikeswara idol is on a Bull mount unlike in any other temple. Outside the temple in front is a mandapam with steps leading up which had been in use to take up the processional deity when the temple had a chariot. On the south side are a large pond and a mandapam on the bank which is used to keep the processional deity during rituals.

Holy Water (Theertham) – Noobura Gangai Theertham (well inside temple)

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – Vilwam (Aegle marmelos)


Kasi Viswanathar Naduchatram is an old temple built and served by the Pandya Kings as is evident from the fish symbols carved on the pillars in the mandapam. Historical information is not available as of now.


Kasi Viswanathar Naduchatram is believed to have been built by the Pandya Kings at this beautiful spot as this place was in the route from Kanyakumari to Kasi which pilgrims in those days used to take. The pilgrims used to stay here worship the lord and goddess and then proceed on their way. The presence of the south-facing goddess Annapurani similar to the Kasi temple is considered a rare feature.


Kasi Viswanathar Naduchatram is about 22 kilometers south of Sivakasi. From Sivakasi take the road going to Kazhugumalai and take a left towards the east at Guhanparai to reach Kasi Viswanathar Naduchatram. Kasi Viswanathar Naduchatram can also be reached from the NH44 while going south by taking a right on to the road going to Guhanparai at about 10 kilometers after crossing Sattur.

Stay and Food

None locally. The closest recommended places for food and stay are Sivakasi and Virudunagar depending on your travel plan. There are several restaurants in NH 44.

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