Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Salem, Tamil Nadu

The name Salem is derived from word "SAILAM" denoting an area surrounded by Mountains. These mountains were important factor for Salem’s industrial Development . Salem is famous for stainless steel, magnasite and handlooms. Kottai Marriamman Temple and Sugavaneswarar Temple are located in the heart of the Town. There is a Government Museumin Salem near to the Collectorate.
Places to See:


Tharamangalam is situated 27kms from Salem. The place is famous for Kailasanathar Temple. It has beautiful statues and stone carvings. Figures of tortorise , fish , monkey , Crocodile are carved out the walls and granite roofs. Statues of Rathi - Manmatha , Vali- Sukrive of the epic Ramayana and Yali with rotating stone ball in its mouth. The rotating lotus flower in the seiling are some of the beautiful futures,which adorn the Temple.

Mettur Dam

Mettur Dam The major dam of the state across the river cauvery has been constructed in a gorge during the year 1926 . It provides irregation facilities to Erode , Trichy and Thanjavur Districts for thousands of acres of land. It is a picnic spot situated 52 kms from Salem. A beautiful park opposite to dam formed with Lawns , Parks and children play materials. A Hydro Electric and Thermal power stations are also located in this town. It is an industrial centre for Aluminum and chemical products.

Mariamman Temples

Salem is home to several Mariamman temples. Mariamman, which is a Hindu goddess, an incarnation of Shakti, is celebrated with great religious fervor every year around July in the form of Mariamman festival for a fortnight. During this period you could witness devotees walking on fire chanting their prayers. This is the best time to visit Salem City. The festival is celebrated at temples, at Fort, Shevapet, Ammapet, Gugai, Andheripati etc., Shevapet Mariamman temple car is the biggest one among the cars of Amman temples across the state. 


Situated at 10 kms from Salem city Kandashramam is small hill temple dedicated to Lord Muruga. 

Siddhar Koil

Salem is also home to the heritage temple of Siddhar Koil, which is located about 10 km from the city. It is a Shiva Temple based on the foot hills of Kanja Malai. 


Situated approximately 21 km from Attur, Aragalur has 2 old temples and a large Buddha statue. It holds a one-day Temple Car festival in summer inviting a host of devotees in the region............

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