Home > 274 Shivalayas > Sri Erumbeeswarar temple

Sri Erumbeeswarar temple

Moolavar : Erumbeeswarar
Urchavar : Somaskandar
Amman / Thayar : Narunkuzhal Nayaki
Thala Virutcham : Vilwa
Theertham : Brahmma theertham
Agamam / Pooja : Kameekam
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Erumbiyur
City : Tiruverumbur
District : Thiruchirapalli
State : Tamil Nadu


   The shrine is praised in the Thevaram hymns of saint Tirugnanasambandar. This is 7th Shiva shrine on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.


   Vaikasi Brahammotsavam in May-June, Shivrathri in February-March, Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November, Tirukarthikai in November-December are the festivals observed in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   Lord Shiva in the temple is Swayambumurthy.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.


   Sri Erumbeeswarar Temple, Tiruverumbur, Trichy ? 620 013.


   91-431 - 6574 738, +91-98429 - 57568.

General Information:

   Sun God in the Navagraha shrine is with His two consorts Usha and Pradyusha both facing each other. Lord Kailasanatha graces from a separate temple left of this temple. The temple has four theerthas ? Brahmma Theertham, Madhu Theertham, Kumara Theertham and Padma theertham. It is said that the hill of this place is but a piece of the Meru mount split by Vayu ? God of Wind when a competition arose between him and the divine serpent Adisesha to decide the power of their physical strength.


   Prayer to Lord relieves the devotee from laziness and turns him/her active. Harships in life will vanish.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees offer vastra and sweet pudding-sarkarai pongal as nivedhana.

Greatness Of Temple:

   Shiva Linga in the sanctum sanctorum is in an ant-hill shape with ups and downs without a perfect shape. It is a sand Linga, hence no abishek is performed. Only oil application is followed. As there is a gap in between, it appears as if there are two Lingas. It is said that the right side is of Shiva part and the left as Shakti part, hence praised as ?Shivasakthi Linga?. As ants (Erumbu in Tamil) are consuming the nivedhana objects in the sanctum, it is believed that Lord Shiva Himself is acknowledging the nivedhana offers during the Pujas. This darshan is considered very important by the devotees. It is also believed that Rathi, wife of Manmatha-Cupid worshipped the Lord praying that her alluring beauty should not make her proud.

Temple History:

   Devas, an elite community in the celestial world lost all their wealth and position to demon Tharakasura. They approached Lord Brahmma for remedy. He advised them to worship Lord Shiva in this place with flowers and assured them that the demon would be killed by Him. To escape the attention of the demon, Devas took the form of ants (Erumbu in Tamil) to worship Shiva. As the Linga was too soft and slippery and steep, they could not reach the top of the Linga. All merciful Lord, changed His form as an ant-hill also leaning slightly to facilitate their pujas to Him. Lord came to their rescue, destroyed the demon. He is praised as Erumbeeswarar.

Special Features:


*Sources from Dinamalar.com

Home        Worship       Gallery      Travel        Slokas     Contact us