Sastha (Kai Vide Appar) Temple, Kaivilancheri, Nagapattinam
Sastha (Kai Vide Appar) Temple is located at Kaivilancheri Village in Nagapattinam district of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Kai Vide Appar and Mothers are Pooranai and Pushkalai.
Demon Surapadma and his brothers established their empire with Veera Mahendrapuram as their capital. They also conquered all the worlds –Bhooloka, Padala Loka and the Indraloka. Having lost his kingdom, Indira came to earth with Indirani, stayed in a bamboo forest and worshipped Lord Shiva for relief. During the day time they performed penance on Lord Shiva. During the nights, they hid themselves in the lotus flowers held by Lord Sastha.
Pleased with their penance, Lord Shiva advised Indira to come and meet him in Shiva Loka. Indira left Indirani with Sastha to protect her from the demons. After a while Sastha too left for Shiva Loka to submit his accounts to Lord Shiva. He appointed Makalar to take care of Indirani till he returned back. Ajamukhi, sister of Surapadma was waiting for such an opportunity to abduct beautiful Indirani and present her to her brother for marriage.
Makalar fought Ajamukhi and chopped off her hands. She ran away in defeat. The place where her hand fell came to be known as Kai Vizhundha Cheri (Kai-hand, Vizhundha-fallen Cheri-place). The name later changed as Kaivilan Cheri. The place is near Sirkali where the Sastha-Kai Vide Appar-temple exists.
The temple greets devotees with its three tiered Rajagopuram at the entrance. Entering the temple, devotees are graced by Sri Jitendriaya Chella Anjaneya on the right, Lord Vinayaka on the left and Rahu and Ketu planets. Lord Kasi Viswanatha graces from the sanctum sanctorum facing east from the other temple in the same complex. There are shrines for Lords Vinayaka and Subramania with his consorts in the west prakara and Chandikeswara in the northern prakara.
Navagrahas the nine planets are in the northeast. There are also shrines for Lord Dakshinamurthy in the south and Mother Durga in the north in the Devakottam. Those taking a pilgrimage to Sabarimalai, from here and nearby places begin the journey after praying to Kai Vide Appar in this temple. It is noteworthy that the temple for Lord Kasi Viswanathar is also within the long compound wall of this temple. Thus there are two temples in this vast complex.
Lord Kai Vide Appar – Sastha appears in the sanctum sanctorum in sitting posture, one leg hanging and the other folded, with his consorts Pooranai and Pushkalai. The temple is facing west. Sri Nandhi, the bull vehicle of Lord Shiva majestically occupies the long Mandapam of this temple. There is also a shrine for Mother Kamakshi appearing in her standing posture. Mother is holding lotus flower in her upper hands and showing the Abhaya Mudra – assuring protection to devotees – in the lower hands.
Lord Kalyana Vinayaka graces the devotees from his shrine in the Artha Mandapam entrance. Virgins pray to Lord Kalyana Vinayaka on Fridays before the Rahukalam time begins seeking early wedding boon. Devotees have a staunch faith in Kai Vide Appar that he would protect them as he did to protect Indirani wife of Indira.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Monthly Pradoshams, Kruthika star days, Chaturthis; Aipasi Annabishekam on the Poornima-full moon day in October-November; Navarathri in September-October; Shivrathri in February-March and the Eka Dhina Laksharchana to Kaivede Appar on the last Sunday of March (Eka Dhina Laksharchana – chanting the glorious names of Kai Vida Appar one lakh times in a single day) are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Devotees pray to Lord Sastha to realize their wishes and Lord Vinayaka during the Rahukalam time for wedding boon. Devotees perform special abishek and pujas to Kai Vide Appar.
The temple is 5 km from the Sirkazhi new bus stand. Nearest Railway Station is located at Sirkazhi and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.