Sri Arudra Kapaleeswarar Temple is located in the outskirt village mentioned as Ezhumathur, in the district of Erode, in the state of Tamil Nadu in Southern India. The chief deity of this temple is Arudra Kapaleeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Varani Ambal.
The holy tree of this temple is Vanni tree. The holy water of this temple is Changu theertham. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameeyam. This temple is about 500-1000 years old in this region. The historical name of this special spot is Ezhumathur.
The festivals of this temple are all the days of Ekadashi, Sankranti, Jalabhiseka, Shivrathri in February-March, Arudra Darshan or Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January, feeding of Saint Gnanasambandar by Mother Parvathi in the month of Purattasi – September-October, Kartika Purnima, Akshaya Thrithiya, 10 day Panguni Surya puja in March-April, Masi Ratha Sapthami in February-March, Deepavalli, Pongal, New Year day, Aipasi Annabhishekam in October-November are celebrated with much devotion and dedication in the temple.
The shrine remains open for devotees and pilgrims from 5.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. In the temple, Lord Shiva is Swayambumurthi who graces the devotees and pilgrims. According to the local legends, “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 Nadu.” This shrine is much away from the heart of the city but can be easily reached through bus and taxi.
Address – Sri Arudra Kapaleeswarar Temple, Ezhumathur, Erode district, Tamil Nadu