Kamanatheeswarar Aragalur

Kamanatheeswarar, Aragalur

Saivite Temples - Salem District


Kamanatheeswarar, facing east


Brahannayaki, facing east

Other Deities

Twin Vinayaka, Narthana Ganapathi, Surya, Dakshinalingam, Annamalaiyar, Pancha Lingam, Saptha Maadhar, Karupanna Swami, Ayyanar, Kannimoola Ganapathi, Muruga with consorts, Pradosha Nayakar, Gajalakshmi, Kasi Viswanathar, Visalakshi, Annapoorni, Jeshta Devi, Veerabadhra, 63 Nayanmar, Vishnu Durgai, Navagraha, Easana Lingam, Saneeswara, Chandran, Valampuri Vinayaka, Idampuri Vinayaka, Ashta Bhairava. Sanctum Niches of main deity – Goshta Maha Ganapathi, Dakshinamurthy, Lingotbavar, Brahma, Durga, Chandikeswara. Sanctum of the goddess – Vinayaka, Arumuga with consorts, Naagar, Chandikeswari

Kamanatheeswarar Aragalur is a large east-facing temple situated in 2 Prakarams. The entrance is through a gateway mandapam in the east. On the left, as you enter is a beautiful deep temple tank and the Utsava Mandapam. On the right is an ancient Kalyana Mandapam. Straight ahead is a 3 tiered Rajagopuram that leads inside the inner Prakaram. Kamanatheeswarar Aragalur is an Ashta Bhairava Sthalam having shrines for 9 forms of Bhairavas including Unmatha Bhairava, Krodhana Bhairava, Ruru Bhairava, Swarna Akarshana Bhairava, Ashtabuja Kala Bhairava, Asithanga Bhairava, Bishana Bhairava, and Kapala Bhairava. The outer Prakaram has a few shrines including that of Bishana Bhairava. From near the Bishana Bhairava, Kapala Bhairava’s shrine, on the south side on top of the Rajagopuram, can be seen. The circumambulation path in the outer Prakaram goes around the separate east facing Goddess Shrine also. The inner Prakaram is entered through the Rajagopuram. This Prakaram has cloistered mandapams on all sides with the shrines of various deities mentioned above including the other forms of Bhairavas. Kamanatheeswarar Aragalur is one of the Pancha Bhootha (five) Lingam temples situated on the banks of the Vasishta River representing Vayu (Air). On the west side of the Prakaram are the other Pancha Bootha Lingams – Prithvi Lingam (Earth – Belur), Appu (Water – Ethapur), Agni (Fire – Attur), and Akasam (Sky – Uthamacholapuram). The Goddess Shrine has a 3 tiered Gopuram on the east side. This is followed by a long mandapam, an Ardha Mandapam, and the Sanctum Sanctorum of the 5 feet tall goddess. There is a Yaga Salai outside the gopuram of the goddess shrine. There is an old Perumal Temple east of Kamanatheeswarar Aragalur and another Shiva Temple on the southwest side. There are many small Amman temples also in Aragalur. About 1.3 kilometers west of Kamanatheeswarar Aragalur is a shrine for Lord Budha as a 10 feet tall carving in a seated posture.

Holy Water (Theertham) – Vasishta River, Temple Tank

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – Magizham (Mimusops elengi)


Kamanatheeswarar Aragalur dates back to at least the 12th century CE as per the numerous inscriptions found here around the outer walls of the Sanctum Sanctorum. The Rajagopuram was built by Vanavaraya Bhoopathi, A King of the Bana dynasty who ruled under the Cholas at that time. Contributions to the development of the temple have also been made by Pandyas and Vijayanagar Kings. The name Aragalur came from the village having 6 Moats around. None of them are seen today.


Kamanatheeswarar Aragalur is one of the Pancha Bhootha Temples situated on the banks of the Vasishta River. Manmada, the god of love (Kama) has worshiped the Lord here and hence the name of the Lord is Kamanatheeswarar.


Kamanatheeswarar Aragalur is about 75 kilometers east of Salem off the road going towards Kallakurichi.

Stay and Food

None locally. The closest is the Kallakurichi to Salem highway and Salem.

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