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Kaichinneswarar Temple, Kachanam, Tiruvarur

Sri Kaichinneswarar Temple is located in Kachanam village, in Tiruvarur district, in Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deity of this temple is Kaichina Nathar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Palvalai Nayaki.

The holy tree of this temple is Kongu Ilavam. The holy water of this temple is Indira Theertham. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameeyam. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Kaichinam.

According to the local legends, “The temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Saint Tirugnana Sambandar. This is the 122nd Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.” The main festival of this temple are Maha Shivrathri in February-March, Tirukarthikai in November-December, Deepavali, Pongal, New Year days, Vaikasi Visakam in May-June; Panguni Uthiram in March-April  and Purattasi Navarathri in September-October are celebrated in the temple.

In the temple, Lord Shiva is a swayambu murthy. It is to be noted that this is one of the few Shiva temples in this region with Perumal also. It is to be remembered that Lord Srinivasa Perumal graces the devotees and pilgrims in this temple.

The Temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m for all the Hindus. Other shrines of this temple complex are Mother Mahalakshmi, Jeshtadevi, Mothers Durga and Saraswathi. This is the temple who visits for fulfilling wishes and desires and later thanks giving pujas and rituals are performed.

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