Kumbakonam and nearby areas are surrounded by magnificent temples, each has interesting legends associated with it. Even after four or five visits , I am yet to cover a minuscule percentage of those.
But whatever I have seen are very very popular in that area . I am trying to share the same through my brief descriptions and through pictures.
I do have lot of limitations ,I wish , I could have spent more time in each of these holy places. But time constraints,situations and personal commitments allow me only a fleeting glimpses of these huge monuments.
This time I am taking you to Kasi Viswanathar temple in Kumbakonam.
The presiding deity here is Lord Shiva, known as Kasi Viswanathar, His consort is Visalakshi. This temple is small compared to other Kumbakonam temples.. There is a separate shrine for Navakannigas ,7 rivers here.
This temple is in the heart of city and is very close to the famous Mahamaham tank.
I Have included a few pictures of Mahamaham tank too.
Once in 12 years people gather here in large number to have a holy dip in the tank during the Mahamaham festival . It is believed that a holy bath during the festival will wash away one's sins and will purify the soul .
Legend is that a few drops of nectar from the Amritha Kumbham spilled in this place.
Last Mahamaham festival took place in February 2016.