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Sri Viswanathar temple
Moolavar: Viswanathar
  Amman / Thayar: Visalakshi
  Thala Virutcham:
  Agamam / Pooja :
  Old year: 500-1000 years old
  Historical Name:
  City: Kalpathy
  District: Palakkad
  State: Kerala
  The Aipasi car festival in October-November in Kalpathi is very famous drawing huge crowd even from the border areas of Tamilnadu.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  This is the only Lord Shiva Temple in Kerala with Golden Hall – Kanaka Sabha for Lord Nataraja,  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 5.30 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.  
  Sri Viswanathar Temple, Kalpathi, Palakkadu, Kerala.  
 General Information:
  Lord Kasi viswanatha graces the devotees from His shrine facing east and Mother Visalakshi facing the south.  The Palli Arai is on the west of Mother’s shrine.  Opposite to the Palli Arai is the Navagraha-nine planets shrine all gracing with their consorts.  Sri Gangadhara shrine is on the south and that of Muruga with Valli and Deivani is on the east.  Lord Chandikeswara and Lord Kala Bhairava shrines are facing south.  
  People pray to Lord and Mother for relief from the fear of death, for child boon and removal of delays and obstacles in wedding proposals. 
Thanks giving:
  Devotees perform Rudrabisheka, Mrutyanjya Japa to Lord and offer vastras to Mother. 
 Greatness Of Temple:
  The temple is built of stones below the ground level.  The temple is known as Kundukkul Koil as there are 18 steps downward on south and east sides.  As in Kasi - now Varanasi, there are steps to reach the river from the temple.  There is also a pathway to Kalpathi River from the temple.
The place is revered as Half-Kasi as rituals are conducted here for the departed souls.  There is a golden hall – Kanaka Sabha for Lord Nataraja.  There are shrines for Shiva-Parvathi, Ganapathy, Nataraja, Sivakama Sundari, Pradoshamurthi and Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai.  The car festival resembles the one in Mayurathaswami temple in Mayiladuthurai.
The temple celebrates 10 day car festival in the month of Aipasi – October-November.  There are three cars – raths-in the temple.  This rath utsav takes place simultaneously with Old Kalpathi Lakshmi Narayana temple and Sathapuram Prashna Ganapathi temple.  Lord Viswanatha and Mother Visalakshi come in procession in the first and big rath followed by Lord Ganapathi and Lord Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai in the third.
As Mother Visalakshi is facing south, She has the power to relieve the devotees from fear of death.  Devotees perform Kumkum archana for removal of obstacles in wedding efforts, for child boon and longevity.  Mrutyanjya Japa is dedicated to Lord.
  Temple History:
  An old woman, Lakshmi Ammal was residing in Kalpathi long back.  Other members of her family were in Mayiladuthurai.  She wanted to build a temple on the banks of Kalpathi for Lord Shiva as the one in Mayiladuthurai for Lord Mayuranatha.  She went to Kasi and brought a Bana Linga on a new moon day-Amavasya day.  She installed it in Kalpathi.  As desired by her, the king Ittikombi built this temple in the year 1425 and installed Lord Viswanatha and Mother Visalakshi.  
Special Features:
  Miracle Based: This is the only Shiva temple in Kerala that has a golden hall for Lord Nataraja. Navagrahas in the temple grace the devotees with their consorts.
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