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Kasinathaswami Temple, Ambasamudram, Tirunelveli

Sri Kasinathaswami temple is located in the holy village known as Ambasamudram, in the district of Tirunelveli, in the state of Tamil Nadu in Southern India. The primary deity of this temple is Kasinathaswami (Kasipanathar) and other presiding deity Erithatkondar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Maragathambikai.

The holy tree of this temple is Gooseberry. The holy water of this temple is Thambiraparani. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Shivagama. This temple is about 500-1000 years old in this region. The historical name of this spot is Ambasamudram.

The festivals that marks this particular shrine are Two Brahmmotsavams, one in Aipasi (October-November), Tirukarthikai in November-December, Panguni (March-April), Skanda Sashti in October-November, Tirukarthikai in November-December Mahashivrathri in February-March, New Year day as per the English calendar and Tamil calendar, Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January, Vaikunta Ekadashi day,  Pournami and Amavasya are celebrated with much devotion and dedication at this particular shrine.

The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. It is one of the ancient temples that belong to Lord Shiva in this region. It is often visited by local population of this district. On the day of Shivarathri, a special pujas and rituals are conducted for the pilgrims and devotees at this temple. In this temple, Shivarathri day is celebrated with festivity. According to the Hindu scholars and pundits, “Aipasi annabishekam is observed in the temple on the first day of this month against the Poornima day – full moon day traditionally followed in other Shiva temples.”

Address: The Executive Officer, Sri Kasinathaswami Temple, Ambasamudram-627 401, Tirunelveli district. Tamil Nadu

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