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Located in the busy part of the town, Kasi Viswanathar temple has a three-tiered gopuram (temple tower) at the entrance that is a landmark here. This old temple is surrounded by sturdy granite wall around it. Here the presiding deity Kasi Viswanathar is in the form of lingam in the sanctum (Garbagraha), that is accessed through a big mantap (hall) supported by a number of pillars. The dwajasthambam - flagstaff near the mantap is installed in such a way the sanctum is located axial to the entrance facing east. Yet another interesting feature in this temple is the presence of another flag staff that is installed axial the Sivakami (Lord's consort) shrine and perpendicular to the flagstaff facing Viswanathar shrine. There are shrines for Vinayaka and Subramanya in the main mantap. Also present are smaller shrines of Ayyappa, Dakshinamurthy, Arumugar, Durga, Navagrahas and Nataraja in the temple around the shrines of Kasi Viswanatha and Visalakshi.
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Puja protocols, etc are based on Saivite tradition.The main festival - the Brahmostavam is held during the Tamil month of Vaiakasi (May - June). It is the most prominent festival at this temple. The other festivals are : Nataraja Thirumanjanam in Aani (June - July), Visalakshi Tapas festival in Aadi (July - August), Navarathri, Soorasamharam during Aipassi (October - November), etc. Karthikai Deepam festival, Thiruvathirai, Thaipoosam, Sivarathri, Panguni Uthiram are the other festivals celebrated here
Once this town witnessed a pitched battle between two caste-based communities - Nadar community who dominated the business and dominant Maravar community who refused the entry of Nadars into the temple. In 1899, it became a big issue that resulted in riots. The British rulers somehow managed to suppress the riots.