The Kalahasti Temple dedicated to
is situated at Kumbakonam
in Thanjavur District
, Tamil Nadu
. The main idol is that of
and his consort
, in the dance pose called Ananda tandavam (Dance of Bliss). There are also idols of great Saivaite saints like Appar, Sundarar, Sambandar and Manickavasagar.
, the wives of the Hindu Holy Trinity (Shiva
) are also worshipped.
The Kalahasti Temple is nearly 300 years old. It was built by King Sarabhoji for the Sankaracharya of Kanchi. The temple boasts of a tower that is richly carved with the various manifestations of Lord Shiva.
Proper prayers and offering to the Kalahasteeswara is believed to solve all kinds of problems. Thousands of devotees visit this temple every year. The town is well-connected by rail and road.