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Cheriazheekal Kashi Vishwanatha Temple – Festival – History

Cheriazheekal Kashi Vishwanatha temple is located at Cheriazheekal near Karunagappally in Kollam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Shiva and Bhagavan Vishnu. The annual Shivratri festival is of great importance here and is observed in February or March (Malayalam Kumbha Masam).

A Shivling is worshipped in one Sreekovil. The popular belief is that a priest arrived here from Kashi with a Shivling he had found in the Ganga River. He consecrated the Shivling in the temple.

The temple is believed to be more than 2000 years old and it said that originally the temple only had the murti of Vishnu Bhagavan. The other sanctum has a standing murti of Bhagwan Vishnu.

There are no major structures other than the sreekovil, kodimaram and the namaskara mandapam. There are a couple of Upa Devata shrines.

This Shivratri festival is observed with tantric pujas and rituals. Various types of abhishekam, pujas and rituals are part of the annual festival. Ramayana Masam, Vishu, Thrikarthika in Dhanu masam and Thiruvathira nakshatra in Dhanu Masam and Mandala Kalam are of importance here.