Aruda Kabaleeswara Temple-Erode
Aruda Kabaleeswara Temple-Erode

Sri Arudra Kabaleeswarar temple is located in the city of Erode, Tamil Nadu. This temple is a must-see temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva who offers his blessings in the name of Arudra Kabaliswarar. One of the most important Lord Shiva temples in Erode. This temple is about 500-1000 years old in this region. The historical name of this special spot is Ezhumathur. According to the words engraved on the sanctum sanctorum wall, the ancient temple is also known as Thondeeswaram. Lord Shiva is called by several names which include Thondeeswarar, Thondeeswaram Udaya Thambiranar,Thondeeswaram Udaya Mahadeva, Nayanar, Thondeeswaram Udaya Pidarar, Thondargal Nayanar and so on. The main tower (Rajagopuram) is an outstanding example of architectural beauty. The temple has Pollapillayar with 63 Nayanmars in a sitting position. Lord Dakshinamurthy is near the Nayanmars. After passing through the Saptha Kannikas (Seven maidens) on the west, devotees can have the darshan of the paintings of Five Shivalingas representing five philosophies. Sun God graces in the front hall (Mandap) with His consorts. Lord Kanni Vinayaka graces in the Southwest corner while the holy tree Vanni is at the west.


108 Shivalingas are carved on a single Linga in the temple. This is a very pleasing darshan to the devotees. In the Kottai division of Erode, Lord Thondeswara graces the devotees. On 25, 26 and 27th days of Masi month – February-March – the rays of Sun fall on the presiding deity-Lord Shiva. This is the first temple in Tamil.


A beautiful view of the Aruda kabaliswara Temple tower

According to traditional stories, the temple was built by a king named Lakshmikanthan. He performed a yagna. The milk tanks taken for the ceremony fell down on the ground. When he dug in the ground, he found blood oozing from the place due to the hit of the crowbars. The shocked king immediately built a temple on the place.

Some of the Kongu Cholas who ruled this region had the name Karikala duri9ng the year 1004-1280 AD. It is believed that one such Karikala could have built this temple. One of the Karikala, with the help of one Samaya Mudali built 36 Shiva temples on the banks of Cauvery, according to one story.

A poor weaver Thandavan, living with his family in the area used to worship Lord Arudra Kabaleeswarar before proceeding to work. The Lord, with the intention of making the weaver’s devotion to Him known to all, went to his house when the weaver was absent. His wife alone was in the house. The Lord told her that He was suffering from biting cold and begged for a piece of cloth for cover. The woman told the Lord that she too had only one piece and promised whatshe could do for Him and asked his address. She was told that He would be outside the Arudra temple and left.

Aruda Kabaleeswara Temple
A view inside the Aruda Kabaleeswara Temple

Sooner Thandavan returned to work, she told him what happened during his absence. The weaver rushed to his boss seeking a piece of cloth on credit promising to pay the price in instalments and got the cloth. He took the cloths off the old man in the temple and gave it to him.

When the temple priest opened the temple the next morning, he was surprised to see a new piece of cloth on the Lord and the Parivattam was absent. He informed the matter to all in the place. All gathered there including the weaver boss who said that he gave it to Thandavan. Thandavan narrated what happened. No one believed the poor man, he was tied into the pillar and began to beat him. Lord Shiva had the son of the village head and shouted. “Despite one’s own difficulties, he/she can not hesitate to help the poor,” he explained.To establish this Dharam, I acted through Thandavan,” and explained what happened. The devotees started arriving in the temple with the grace of Lord Arudra Kabaleeswarar.

Opening Time

Morning 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.

Evening 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m


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A distant view of Aruda Kabaleeswara Temple
  • Ushakkala Pooja (Sun Rise Pooja)- 06:00 A.M
  • Kaalasandhi Pooja – 07:00 A.M
  • Uchikkala Poojaa (Noon Pooja) – 12:00 Noon
  • Saayaraksha Pooja (Sunset Pooja) – 06:00 P.M
  • Ardhajama Pooja (Night Pooja) – 08:00 P.M


  • Mahasivarathri in February-March
  • Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January
  • Ekadashi
  • Sankranti
  • Jalabhiseka
  • Feeding of SaintGnanasambandar by Mother Parvathi in September-October
  • Kartika Purnima
  • Akshaya Thrithiya
  • 10 days Panguni Surya puja in March-April
  • Masi Ratha Sapthami in Febuary-March
  • Deepavalli
  • Pongal
  • New year day
  • Aipasi Annabhishekam
By Bus

Sri Arudra Kabaleeswarar temple is 800m from the erode bus stand,directly Buses are available to this temple.

 By Train

Nearest railway station is Erode railway station, 2.9km from Sri Arudra Kabaleeswarar temple to Erode railway station.

By Air

Nearest Airport is Coimbatore Airport, 91.6km distance between the Sri Arudra Kabaleeswarar temple to Coimbatore Airport.