Kasi Visalakshi-Vishwanathar Temple is an important pilgrimage centre, located in Kunnuvarankottai or Kannapatti on the Batlagundu-Usilampatti road, on the foothills of Kodaikanal, in Dindigal District of Tamilnadu.
This is also the birth place of Sringeri Sarada Peetam Sri Sacchidananda Bharathi I,(1623–1663) and the annual birthday is celebrated in this temple every year in Sravana month Rohini star.
It is the confluence of the three rivers Vaigai, Manjalaru and Maruda, and called as Triveni Sangam. The river Vaigai flows northward near this village. The presiding deities in this temple are Goddess Visalakshi and God Viswanathar.It is believed that this idol was brought by a devotee from Kasi or Varanasi.
The villagers believe that bathing in the confluence during holy days like Amavasya will enable the devotees to realise the purpose of life.
Best time to visit the temple in the mornings from 7:30 am – 11:30 am.
There are budget restaurants in Batlagundu that serve South-Indian dishes. Dindigul Briyani is well known in all over South India and also called Briyani City. Briyani prepared in Dindigul uses a small rice called seeraga samba and with special ingredients.
There are shuttle buses to Kasi Visalakshi-Vishwanathar temple every 30 minutes and are easily accessible to the devotees.
Kodaikanal Hill station 100 km from dindigul and 135 km from madurai.
Dindigul Fort - located on the hill at a height of 280 ft.
Siddharmalai - A hillock 2 kiometres from Peranai and near the Vikkiramangalam village on the Usilampatti main road. There is a large natural cavern on the southern side of the hillock called the Pancha Pandava Padukkai (Bed of the Five Pandavas'). There are two rows of beds with raised pillows chiselled out of the rock inside. There is an inscription on the rock face that traces the origin of the name of Madurai city — `Mathirai' (City of Walls).
Ayyanar Falls, located at 18th km from Dindigul driving towards Thirumalaikeni which is at 25 km away from Dindigul town - Siluvattur Road.
Sri Kottai Mariamman temple - located at the bottom of the Rockfort. In Tamil month Masi (January-February) Mariamman festival(Masi Perunthiruvizha) is celebrated in this temple which is attended by lakhs of people.
Other religious places like churches and mosques are also there.
Dindigul is well connected with metro cities like Chennai, Bangalore through Road and Train.
The nearest airport is Madurai airport.
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