Choleeswarar Arasiramani

Choleeswarar, Arasiramani

Saivite Temples - Salem District


Choleeswarar, facing west


Periyanayaki, facing south

Other Deities

Bala Vinayaka, Bala Muruga, Vinayaka, Naagar, Naalvar, Muruga with consorts, Saneeswara, Navagraha, Kalabhairava, Niruthi Vinayaka, Lakshminarayana. Sanctum niches – Shiva Durga, Brahma, Chandikeswara, Lingotbavar, Dakshinamurthy. Sanctum niches of goddess shrine – Vaishnavi, Brahmi, Kelari

Choleeswarar Arasiramani is a small west-facing temple situated in a single open prakaram. An ancient gopuram is seen on the west side in a broken condition and some of the stone pieces have nice carvings on them. On the northwest side is the shrine of Muruga with consorts followed by Saneeswara and Navagraha on the north side. The Navagraha idols are seen with their respective consorts. There is an installation of Vinayaka, Shiva Lingam, their mounts, and Naagar under a Vanni tree on the south side. On the southwest side are the shrines of Niruthi Vinayaka and Lakshminarayana. A large Nandi is facing the main deity. The sanctum sanctorum of the main deity faces west with a large open pillared mandapam in front. This is followed by an Ardha Mandapam. Another Nandi, an old one, faces the main deity in the Ardha Mandapam. The main deity is a large lingam more than 4 feet tall from the base. The main Lingam and Nandi outside look new and we think the old Lingam and Nandi kept now under the Vanni tree are probably the original ones.

Holy Water (Theertham) – Thoppaiyar River

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – Vanni (Prosopis cineraria)


Choleeswarar Arasiramani is an ancient temple that has been renovated completely in recent times. Though we did not find any inscriptions in the venue, Choleeswarar Arasiramani could have been constructed during the Chola period going by the name of the main deity and the dilapidated Gopuram. Historical information is not available as of now.


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Choleeswarar Arasiramani is about 7.5 kilometers southwest of Edappadi which is about 40 kilometers southwest of Salem. At about 5 kilometers west of Edappadi take a left towards south onto the road going towards Pudupalayam. At about 2.5 kilometers on this road take a left towards the east to reach Choleeswarar Arasiramani.

Stay and Food

None locally except tea and snack shops at Edappadi. The closest for food and stay would be Salem or Erode depending on your travel plans.

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