Sri Kaya Nirmaleswarar temple is located in the heart of Arakazhoor, in the district of Salem, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this shrine is Kaya Nirmaleswarar, Kaamanadeeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Periya Nayaki. The holy tree of this temple is Magizham. The holy water of this temple is Agni Theertham. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Shivagama. This temple is nearly 500-1000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Agazhiyur.
The festivals that are celebrated in this temple are Chitra Poornima in April-May,, Makara Sankranthi (January-February), Vaikasi Visakam in May-June, Dhanur month and Thiruvadhirai (December-January), Navarathri in Purattasi (September-October), Jupiter (planet Guru) transition day, Mahasivarathri (February-March), Panguni Uthiram (March-April), Pradosha days (13th day from New Moon or Full Moon day), Vinayaka Chaturthi, Skanda Sashti and Iypasi Annabishekam (November-December) and Aani Tirumanjanam (June-July) are celebrated in the temple.
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m for all the Hindus. According to the local pundits and legends, “Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthy. The place belongs to Agni (fire) among the panchabootha divisions of earth. Hence, Lord appears in jyoti form during Aarti offering.” In this temple, Lord Ganapathy graces all as Moola Vinayaka. Other deities of the shrine are Mother Akhilandeswari and Lord Aiyappa. It is a most sought after shrine in this region and district that has ancient Dravidian temple architecture styles.
Address: Sri Kaya Nirmaleswarar Temple, Aragazhur – 636 101, Salem. Tamil Nadu