Kasi Viswanathar Temple, Nemmeli, Sirkazhi, Nagapattinam
Kasi Viswanathar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Nemmeli Village near Sirkazhi in Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Kasi Viswanathar and Mother is called as Visalakshi. The construction of the temple dates back to the later chola period. The temple is believed to be 500 years old. But exact history can't be predicted as there is no scripture available. Sri Shasta (deity) temple and Aiyanar temple are situated near this temple.
A Saint named Kavalar performed a dhavam on Navagrahas to make him and his generation free from their disturbances and Navagrahas blessed him with many boons beyond their limits. Knowing this, Lord Shiva cursed Navagrahas with the disease of Kustarogha (Leprosy). Navagrahas went to different places to worship Lord Shiva, to get rid of their Curse (Shaba). Lord Shani came to Nemmeli and worshipped Varuna Linga, and by the blessings of Sri Visalakshi Sametha Sri Vishwanathar, he got complete cure over the disease. There is a holy pond near the temple where lord Sanisvara performed bath, and worshipped Shiva and attained peace. Nimmathi means peace in Tamil, and there are few sayings that Nimmathi became Nemmeli in time. There is another saying that, Nemmeli came from "Nelveli" i.e. land rich in rice cultivations.
Sri Visalakshi Sametha Viswanathar Temple
28/18, Agraharam Nemmeli Post,
Nagapattinam District – 609 116
Mobile: +91 9442397817 / 9489804851
Nemmeli is located 3 kms distance from its Taluk Main Town Sirkazhi. Nemmeli is 53 km far from its District Main City Nagapattinam. It is 211 km far from its State Main City Chennai. Nemmeli is on the way between Sirkazhi and Vadarankam. Buses from Sirkazhi bus stand are available (Bus Route: 8, 8 A Sirkazhi Bus Stand to Vadarankam). Mini Buses are also available from Kollidam Mukkuttu.