Kadambavaneswarar Erumbur

Kadambavaneswarar, Erumbur

Saivite Temples, Cuddalore District


Kadambavaneswarar, facing east


Kalyanasundari, facing south

Other Deities

Yoga Dakshinamurthy, Arunachaleswara, Brahma, Veeranarayana Perumal, Vinayaga, Muruga, Durga, Bhairava, Saneeswara, Navagraha with Vahanas(mounts) and Consorts, Surya, Vishnu, Apsaras, Pitchadanar

Kadambavaneswarar Erumbur is a small temple under the control of the Archaelogical Survey of India. The sculptures of Dakshinamurthy in the form of Arthanareeswara seated on a Trisul without the usual tree above, Brahma and Arunachaleswara in yogic posture are exquisite. The Dakshinamurthy is a unique form here with dogs, deer and snakes carved in the base. Lord Muruga is seen seated on his peacock mount. There are several stone inscriptions found here which refer to the temple as Siru Thirukoil Perumanadigal. Some other inscriptions call it as Nalvayaloor Kootrathu Urumur and another as Vadakarai Rajendrasimha Valanattu Prema Thalamana Urumur. A temple tank is found south east of the temple. Kadambavaneswarar Erumbur is considered to be the third out of the 7 Gurusthalams in Tamilnadu. It is also believed that those visiting Kadambavaneswarar Erumbur, Vridhachalam and Chidambaram temples on the same day will be blessed with wealth.

Holy Water (Theertham) – Easwaran Kulam – Temple tank

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – Kadamba Tree (Neolamarckia cadamba)


Kadambavaneswarar Erumbur was built in 935 CE in the period of Prantaka Chola I by a person called Irungolan Gunavan Aparajitan according to the inscriptions found here. Further contributions from Chola, Pallava and Nayak rulers were also done. Stones inscriptions also mention contributions from others including gold and livestock to make Prasadam regularly and burn the Nanda Lamp.


The lord is believed to have appeared in the dreams of King Aparajita while he was resting here in the middle of a hard campaign and asked him to build a temple here. A lady whose reputation was ill spoken asked her son to take her bones after she dies to Shiva temples and wherever they turn to flowers to immerse them to prove her chastity. The son after visiting many temples including Chidambaram reached here and while he was bathing, a crow accidently knocked the urn and the bones fell out as flowers. Thus this place was named Elumbur (Elumbu – Bone in tamil) which gradually became Erumbur.


Kadambavaneswarar Erumbur is about 22 kilometers east of Vridhachalam on the Sethiathope road. The temple is inside the village.

Stay and Food

None locally. Vridhachalam or Chidambaram is the closest option for stay and food.

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