Kasi Viswanathar Temple, Achuthamangalam, Thiruvarur
Kasi Viswanathar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Achuthamangalam Village in Thiruvarur District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Kasi Viswanathar and Mother is called as Visalakshi. Theertham is Gupta Ganga.
Harichandra stay in this place:
As we learn from our scriptures, every one righteous in nature and practiced honesty, probity and integrity in their lives, paid a high price for these values. King Harichandra was one. He refused to speak falsehood and stood firm on his commitment to speak only truth – Sathya. He lost his kingdom, wife and son and began wandering. He landed in this place dense with Iluppai trees then. He stayed here for a while. He found a Shivalinga in the place. His joy knew no bounds. He performed abishek to Lord and offered Vilwa leaves archanas.
When in deep meditation, he felt that this Shivalinga was of great grace and powers. His inner mind told Harichandra that the Linga ought to have been brought from Kasi bathed in the Holy Ganga. He knew that any one worshipping Kasi Viswanatha Linga would be relieved of the sins of past birth and summed up his courage to reap the results of his honest life. He felt auspicious vibrations in the place. This is that famous place – Achutha Mangalam.
This is the holy soil where the Pandavas stayed for a while after losing all their wealth, kingdom and dignity in the court of king Dridharashtra. They had to lead a life of exile. Not losing their faith in Almighty, they worshipped Lord Shiva – in the Darmeswarar temple – near this temple. As Arjuna stayed here for some time, the place was named Arjuna Mangalam and changed as Achutha Mangalam as now known.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Besides monthly pradoshas, the temple celebrates Maha Shivarathri very devotionally in February-March.
People pray to Lord and Mother for relief from the consequences of sins of the past birth, to be righteous in this birth and to realize the wishes they have in their mind. Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer Vastras
Achuthamangalam is located at about 3 Kms from Srivanchiyam, 3 Kms from Nannilam, 19 Kms from Nachiyar Koil, 30 Kms from Kumbakonam, 20 Kms from Thiruvarur and 120 Kms from Trichy. Nearest Railway Station is located at Nannilam and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.