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Sri Arudra Kabaleeswarar temple
 
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Moolavar: Arudra Kabaleeswarar, Thondeeswarar, Chedeeswarar, Chozheeswarar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Varani Ambal
  Thala Virutcham: Vanni tree
  Theertham: -
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 500-1000 years old
  Historical Name: Thiru Thondeeswaram
  City: Erode
  District: Erode
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
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 Festival:
     
  Mahasivarathri in February-March and Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January are important festivals celebrated in the temple  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  108 Shivalingas are carved on the single Shivalinga in the Arudra Kabaleeswarar temple. 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  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Arudra Kapaleeswarar Temple, Ezhumathur, Erode district.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91-424-2267578 
    
 General Information:
     
 

Sri Kasthuri Ranganathar temple is near this temple.

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

Majority of the devotees are from the weaving community praying for development of the industry besides general public praying for removal of obstacles in marriage alliances, for child boon and progress in education.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees perform archanas, abishek and offer vastras to the Lord and Mother 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

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. The main tower (Rajagopuram) is an outstanding example of architectural beauty.

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.

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 worship: Sun worship is an important feature of the temple as He worshipped Lord Shiva in this temple. During the last days of Masi (February-March), the rays of Sun penetrate into all the Mandaps in the temple and fall on the Lord.

Sage Durvasa installed Lord Shiva here in a lying form (Pallikonda Kolam) in the temple. The Lord is also praised in the names of Thondeeswarar, Cheddeswarar, Chozheeswarar and Arudra Kabaleeswarar. Epigraphy mentions the temple as Thondeeswaram and the Lord as Thondeeswarar, Thondeeswaram Udaya Mahadeva, Thondeeswaram Udaya Thambiranar, Thondeeswaram Udaya Pidarar, Nayanar, Thondargal Nayanar, etc.

Due to the efforts of staunch devotees, the Tamil Archana book was brought and for the fist time, Archana to Lord Shiva was performed in Tamil.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

According to traditional stories, the temple was built by a king named Lakshmikanthan. Once he performed a yagna. The milk pots taken for the ceremony fell upside down when placed on the floor. When he dug 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 spot.

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 what she could do for Him and asked his address. She was told that He would be outside the Arudra temple and left.

Sooner Thandavan returned after work, his wife 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 cloth to the old man in the temple, gave it to Him.

When the temple priest opened the sanctum sanctorum 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. None believed the poor man, tied him in a pillar and began to beat him. Lord Shiva possessed on the son of the village head and shouted. "Despite one’s own difficulties, he/she should not hesitate to help those poorer than them. To establish this Dharam, I acted through Thandavan," and explained what happened.

Devotees began to throng the temple to have the grace of Lord Arudra Kabaleeswarar.

 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: There are 108 Lingas carved on the Presiding Lord of the temple.
Scientific Based Rays of Sun fall on the Lord on 25, 26 and 27th masi month (February-March).
 
     
 
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