Saturday, June 4, 2016

Sugavaneshwarar Temple, Salem

Sugavaneshwarar Temple, Salem
The Sugavaneshwarar Temple, situated near the old bus stand of Salem, is one of the important pilgrimage sites of Salem. According to a legend, Sage Sugha Brahmarishi worshipped and performed penance at this place. This is one of the five Shiva temples built along the river Manimuthar. These five temple's main Shiva lingas are of Suyambu. There is a belief that worshiping the 5 temples in a single day will remove all the sins. Arunagirinathar also sang a song on Lord Muruga, at this temple. The interiors of this temple contain several historical monuments and a statuette of its main deity.

According to a belief, it was constructed during the 13th century AD, by Mamannan Sundara Pandiyan. As per another popular belief, this temple was built by the Chola king Koparakesari, which is more than 1000 years old. But there are no signs of Cholas / Pandiyas / Cheras period architecture. There are about 15 kalvettugal available in the temple. The sthala Puranam claims that temple is a Paadal Petra sthalam by Sundara Nayanar, but that particular song is not known. 

It is a reasonably big temple and one of the primary landmarks of the town. The main linga is in a slightly slanted position. Mother Swarnambikai is housed in a separate sanctum. This is one of the five temples with Swayambu lingams on the banks of Manimuthar River that were worshipped by Beema. It is a 500-year-old temple spread over two acres of land in the heart of Salem town.

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Temple Speciality
The principal Linga is slightly slanting on a side with a scar caused by a hunter. The stage or platform of the Linga called Avudaiyar is of two parts connected with Vishnu and Somasundara part joined together. This is a strange aspect of the temple not found in other places.

Temple Architecture
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Sub Temples
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Pooja Timings & Fees Structure
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Saint Arunagiriar has sung the greatness of the temple in his Thirupugazh hymns.
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Arulmigu Sugavaneshwarar Swamy Thirukoil
Swarnambikai Agraharam
Salem – 636001
Tamilnadu, India
Phone: 0427-2450954, 0427-2254414
Phone: +91-427-245 0954, 245 2496
The temple is heart of Salem City. The temple is at a distance of 200 meters on the west bank of Tirumanimuthar with its entrance facing east.
By Road:
The temple is very near to old Town bus stand. The Sugavaneshwarar Temple is 4 kms from Salem. There are regular bus facility to connect new bus stand and old bus stand. Frequent buses are available from various parts of Tamilnadu. 
By Train:
The Sugavaneshwarar Temple is 8 km from the Salem Junction Railway Station .There are plenty of buses from Salem Railway Station to the old bus stand.
By Air:
Nearest Airport is located at Trichy & Coimbatore.

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