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Raja Ganapathy Temple

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    As the Lord graces the devotees with his royal appearance, He is named Rajaganapathy, (Ganapathy the King).

    Sri Rajaganapathy Temple, Salem, Salem district.

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    It is located at 1st Agraharam, one of the primary market areas of the town and is always bustling. It is a good temple to start ones temple tour around the region. For the size of the outer structure of the temple, the statue of lord Ganesha inside is reasonable large in size and gives one a pleasant feel. This is a small but powerful temple located at the heart of Salem Town.

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Sugavaneswarar Temple

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   This is one of the five Shiva temples built along the river Manimuthar.

    Sugavaneswarar Temple, Salem, Salem district.

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    This temple within Salem is dedicated to Lord Siva. It is a reasonably big temple and one of the primary landmarks of the town. The Siva is said to be a suyambu, meaning, to have come into existence on its own without anyone constructing it. In fact, this is one of the five temples around river kaveri in that region to have emerged on its own. The main linga is in a slightly slanted position. Lordess Swarnambikai is housed in a separate sanctum.

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Kottai Mariamman Temple

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   This temple was built during the periods of Chara Kings, as the present Salem District then belongs to Chara Nadu. The said place where the temple was built up was called as Fort.

    Kottai Mariamman Temple, Salem, Salem district.

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    Kottai Mariamman is believed to be the primary goddess protecting the town. Pilgrims and locals alike throng in big numbers to this temple. The goddess here is in the form of a small, beautiful looking statue and the sight is very pleasing to the eyes. Unlike in a typical Mariamman temple, at the feet of the lordess one would not find a skull or a devil, but rather just a lotus bud, making it quite unique.

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Kottai Perumal Temple

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   This temple popularly known as "Kottai Perumal Koil", located in fort. The temple has been built centuries ago and has some beautiful sculptures.

    Kottai Perumal Temple, Salem Fort, Salem district.

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    Kottai Perumal temple is also located in the Kottai region of Salem. Kottai means Fort. When I visited the temple, there was some major renovation work at the temple and hence could not catch a complete glimpse of the gods here. Some of the statues were completely covered in cloth, while in certain other cases only part of the sanctum was open.

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Ayodhiapattinam Ramar Temple

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   As the name of the town suggests, this is a temple dedicated to lord Rama.

    Ayodhiapattinam Ramar Temple, Salem - Tirupattur - Vaniyambadi Rd, Ayodhiyapatinam, Tamil Nadu.

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    It is quite an old temple with wonderful sculptural works. It is about 10 kms from Salem on the eastern direction.

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Infant Jesus Cathedral

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   The parish of Arisipalayam was bifurcated from Shevapet in 1953 and was erected as St. Francis Xavier’s parish.

    Infant Jesus Cathedral, 4 Roads, Salem, Tamil Nadu.

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   The chapel of St. Francis Xavier´s Minor Seminary served as the parish church till 1991. The New Cathedral was consecrated on 27th November 1991, and dedicated to Infant Jesus. This magnificent Cathedral was meticulously planned and carefully constructed with strenuous efforts by late Bishop Most Rev. Dr. Michael B. Duraisamy, as his last monument and gift to the diocese of Salem. Very Rev. Fr. S. Amalraj was asked to continue as the first Parish Priest of the Infant Jesus Cathedral parish, since he was already the Parish Priest of St. Xavier´s Church at Arisipalayam. He was in-charge of the Parish till to 13th June 1992. Rev. Fr. S. Savari was appointed as the second Parish Priest. He continued to be the parish Priest up to 20th July 1998. Rev. Fr. M.S. Martin succeeded Fr. S. Savari from 1998 till 2004. Fr. S. Pushpanathan was parish priest till 2009. Fr. A. Singarayan is the Present parish priest.

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Yercaud Hill

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   Yercaud is a hill station in Salem District, in Tamil Nadu, India. It is located in the Shevaroys range of hills in the Eastern Ghats; the Yercaud hill area is called the Shevaroy Hills.

    Yercaud, Salem, Tamil Nadu.

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    Yercaud is a hill station near Salem, Tamil Nadu , India in the Servarayan range (anglicized as Shevaroys) of hills in the Eastern Ghats . It is at an altitude of 1,500 metres (4,920 feet) from mean sea level. The town gets its name from the lake located at its center - in Tamil "Yeri" means "lake" and "Kaadu" means "forest". Yercaud is known for coffee plantations and orange groves. It also has an orchidarium run by the Botanical Survey of India.

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Hogenakal Falls

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    Hogenakkal Falls is a waterfall in South India on the river Kaveri. It is located in the Dharmapuri district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

    Hogenakal Falls, Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu.

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    Hogenakkal is in the Karnataka - Tamilnadu border, 180 km from Bengaluru (Bangalore). It can be reached from Bengaluru by road. Easiest route is via Dharmapuri in NH7 and then a right towards Hogenakkal. There is an easier route from Hosur, but the road may not be that good. We went there in a rented sumo. The main attraction is a canyon of river Kaveri (Cauvery), around 200 ft deep and a few kms long. There were a few nice waterfalls around. Water itself is around 60 - 1000 ft deep in the canyon. it moves to a shallower region near a sort of small island. Canyon can be crossed partly walking and partly in small rubber boats. We rented the small round skiff and the boatsman took us to the island, where we had a swim, had an oil massage, played a lot in the water, ate fried fish ... etc for around 3 to 4 hours.

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Mettur Dam

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    Mettur is known for its huge dam, power, chemicals and aluminium. The maximum percentage of water requirements for irrigation in Tamil Nadu depends on the Mettur Dam.

    Mettur Dam, Salem, Tamil Nadu.

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    One of the largest of its kind in the world. It was completed in 1934. The total length of the dam is 1700 meters. The Mettur Hydro Electrical power project is also quite large. The dam, the park, the major Hydro Electric power stations and hills on all sides make Mettur a good tourist attraction. The highest point in Yercaud is the Servarayan temple, which is situated at a height of 5326 feet. Hence Yercaud hill area is called Shevaroy Hills.

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Belur Thanthondreeswarar Temple

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    The temple was built by the Cholas kingdom in the 12th century AD. The main deity is Lord Thanthondreeswarar (Lord Shiva) and the female deity is Goddess Dharmasamvarthini.

    Belur, Salem, Tamil Nadu.

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    About 18kms from Ayodhiapattinam is Belur. Here, there is an historic, grand temple of Shiva with the name Thanthondreeswarar. It is said to have been built in the 12th century. Thanthondree means emerging on its own and as the name indicates, this is a suyambu linga. For a suyambu linga, one would be surprised by the relatively large size of the linga. The rajagopuram of the temple is quite an imposing one and is a 7-tier structure. The temple pillar carvings are also a wonderful work of art. The lordess is known by the name Dharma Samvardhini. One would also find a sanctum for Kalyana Ganapathy, which houses two Vinayaka statues within the same sanctum, one large and one slightly smaller one. People offer prayers here for early marriage of their children.

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Tharamangalam Kailasanathar Temple

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    Tharamangalam is famous for its beautiful and historic Kailasanathar temple. It is located in the Salem District in northwestern Tamil Nadu, and about 27 km west of Salem city.

    Tharamangalam, Salem, Tamil Nadu.

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    This is an historic old temple at Tharamangalam, about 30 kms from Salem. It is to the west of Salem and hence in the opposite direction to Ayodhiapattinam. This is a temple constructed by the Cholas and carries their typical architectural marks. Lord here assumes the name of Kailasanathar and Lordess is Abirami. The temple tower is an imposing structure but, we could not manage a glimpse of it, since it was completely covered for renovation work. The pillars and ceilings have wonderful stone carvings that one could admire all day long. There are a couple of interesting features within the temple. The temple´s inner walls carry sculptures of various gods, goddesses and sages equidistant from each other, in a variety of postures and displaying varied emotions. One could spend hours admiring the craftsmanship of each of these sculptures. Secondly, we have sculptures of Manmathan and Rathi, Indian god and goddess of love, staring benevolently at each other. This is said to be quite unique not found in any other temple. There is also a pathala linga here in the underground that can be reached by a series of few steps.

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Omalur Chinna Tirupathi Temple

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    Chinna Thirupathi Lord Prasanna Venkatachalapathy Temple.

    Chinna Tirupathi, Salem, Tamil Nadu.

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    Omalur is about 10 kms from Taramangalam and from Omalur, the Chinna Tirupathi temple is about an other 10kms. There is one place called Chinna Tirupathi near Salem as well.

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Omalur Kumaragiri Murugan Temple

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    Lord Dandapani graces in the temple with a Danda facing north the direction of prosperity.

    Kumaragiri Hill, Salem, Tamil Nadu.

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    For those fit bodies and souls, the next temple to check out is Kumaragiri. The temple is located on a hill top and is dedicated to Lord Muruga. One needs to climb more than 700 steps to reach Kumaragiri hill top. Unfortunately, you cannot take your vehicle along and will have to be climbed by stairs. The temple truly looked fascinating from the foot of the hill but looked like an exhaustive climb. Given our plans for covering more temples that morning, we decided to give it a skip. But, if you have the time and stamina, it is worth the climb. I will have to probably catch it sometime later.

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Oothumalai Balasubramaniar Temple

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    Sage Agastya wrote the Tamil Grammar Agathiyam from this place only.

    Sri Balasubramaniar Temple, Seelanaickenpatti, Oothumalai, Salem, Tamil Nadu.

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    The next hill top we covered was Oothumalai. Here, you could go all the way to the temple by car. Oothumalai isabout 11 kms from Skandasramam. This hill top temple too is dedicated to lord Muruga, assuming the name of Balasubramaniar. It is a small temple, but very interesting for two reasons: Here, Lord Muruga is seen holding the neck of his beloved peacock, a unique posture not to be seen in any other temple. Also, the view from the hill top is amazing and one could capture a good view of Salem town from here.

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Rasipuram Kamatchi Amman Temple

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    This is a small temple in Pudupalayam devoted to Kamatchi Amman. Pudupalayam is 3 km from Rasipuram.

    Rasipuram Kamatchi Amman Temple, Rasipuram, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu.

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    In As you proceed along the route to Namakkal from Oothumalai. Rasipuram is about 27kms from Salem. This Kamatchi Amman temple is actually in a small town called Pudupalayam, about 3 kms from Rasipuram. The temple is again a small one, but the goddess here is a pretty divine sight.

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Arulmegu Arthanareeswarar Temple

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    The sanctum of Gajamukha Pillayar is located at the south end and Arumuga Swami is at the north end.

    Arulmegu Arthanareeswarar Temple, Anjaneyar Kovil Road, Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu .

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    Long ago Adiseshan and Vayudevan fought very often among themselves to prove their powers. Because of their fight many disasters took place.Sages gave an idea to both to show their powerfulness. Accordingly Adisesha has to press and cover Mout. Meru with his hood and Vayu has to relase the pressure by his valour. But Vayu couldn´t do so. In anger instead of blowing the air, he ceased the air.All the living beings fainted in want of air. Sages and Celestials requested Adisesha to relase his hold. Vayu forcefully, that the top of the mountain with the head of Adisesha were thrown into earth on three places with flesh and blood.
One is Thiruvannamalai,the next Srilanka and the other is Nagamalai in Thiruchengode .

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Udaiyapatty Kandhasramam Temple

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    Skandasramam, located in serene surroundings amidst hillocks, two kilometres away from Udayapatti of Salem Town.

    Udayapatti, Salem, Tamil Nadu .

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   It is situated on a small Hillock, 2kms away from udayapatti of Salem Town. This lies in Salem-Attur route. It was planned by Om Shri. Shanthananda Swamigal in May 1968, and he executed it in the form of a temple by name Skanthasramam and its Maha Kumbabisekam took place on 08.02.1971. In the Maha Mandap, we see Shri Ashta Dasapuja Mahalakshmi Durga Parameswari, who is also known as Skandamatha and opposite to Durga, there stands the grand, attractive, and smilling Murthi by name Gnanaskandan (Bala Dandayudha Pani). Both are in standing pospure. Besides, in the outer premises of the northern side of Maha Mandap one can see the astonishing statues of 16 Shri Panchmuga Anjaneyar and Shri Panchamuga Vinayagar. They reveal the greatness and spiritual attitude of Om Shri Santhananada Swamigal.

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Kolli Hills

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    Kolli Hills or Kolli Malai are featured in several works of classical Tamil literature such as Silappathigaram, Manimekalai, Purananuru and Ainkurnuru.

    Kolli Hills, Namakkal , Tamil Nadu .

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   Kolli Hills or Kolli Malai are featured in several works of classical Tamil literature such as Silappathigaram, Manimekalai, Purananuru and Ainkurnuru. The region was ruled by Valvil Ori around 200 A.D., who is praised as one of the seven great philanthropists of ancient Tamil Nadu. His valor and marksmanship are sung by several poets, and his exploits are a popular part of folklore.y is a small mountain range located in central Tamil Nadu in Namakkal district of India. The mountains are about 1000 to 1300 m in height and cover an area of approximately 280 km≤. The Kolli Hills has 70 hair pin bends to reach the top of the hills. The Kolli Hills are part of the Eastern Ghats, which is a mountain range that runs mostly parallel to the east coast of South India. The mountains are relatively untouched by commercial tourism and still retain their natural beauty.

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Siddhar Malai Temple

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    Salem is one of the religious place where many Siddhars lived.

    The place is located 14 km west of Salem, Tamil Nadu .

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   Kalangi Siddhar Temple is one of the 18 Tamil Siddha temples and is situated at the foot of Kanja Malai. Several perennial wells, small reservoirs and waterfalls are present around this temple; and it is said that the water of these wells have curative powers. On new moon and full moon days, special pujas are also held at this temple.

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1008 Lingam Temple

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    1008 Shiva temples on a hillock! Surprised! Vinayaka Mission Institutions, Salem has built 1008 Shiva temples with identical Nandis in front of them.

    Ariyanoor, Salem, Tamil Nadu .

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    1008 Lingam Temple is another popular temple of Salem. This temple is located in Ariyanoor and is under the control of a private department of the Vinayaga Mission. The main feature of this temple is the presence of 1008 Shiva Lingams, with Nandi in the moolasthanam.

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Mecheri Kaliamman Temple

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    Mecheri is surrounded by the lake and beatiful green meadows. It is also surrounded by south vallattu nadu and thoppaiyam.

    Mecheri, Salem, Tamil Nadu .

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    Mecheri is one of the divine places and celebrated one, Where the omni potent goddess in the form of Vada Bhadrakeli is showering her blessings on the being in the universe. In the west of salem which is noted for sweetmango which stands first in tri-fruit i.e., mango,jack-fruit and banana, Mecheri is situated on the high-way of salem-mettur Dam . Mecheri is 33 km away from salem and 20km away from mettur dam which is for cauvery river. Mecheri is surrounded by the lake and beatiful green meadows.It is also surrounded by south vallattu nadu and thoppaiyam. Mechari which is famous for Mecheri special sheep is the holy place for ambigal Bhadrakali who showers her blessing on the whole universe. The temple facing north/ is situated in south -east direction in the heart of mechari town nearby Salem- Dharmapuri highway. There are wide corrifors and mandapams surrounding the temple.Rajagopuram is main entrance to the temple.Besides this,there are three rajagopurams in three directions.

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Namakkal Anjaneyar Temple

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    Sri Aanjaneya in the temple is 18 feet tall and graces with a Japamala in hand and a sword in the waist.

    Sri Anjaneyar temple, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu .

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    The paintings of Sri Ashtapuja Narasimhar, Vaikunda Perumal, Varahar and the Ulaglanada Perumal (Lord who measured the three worlds with just three steps) are the ones which the devotee should not miss to see in the temple.

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Laila Palace

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