Top 10 Famous Temples To Visit In Salem

Arunachaleswarar Temple

This ancient temple, believed to be built in the 8th century, is situated amidst scenic hills and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple complex houses several smaller shrines, including those dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Ganesha, and Subramanya.

Kottai Mariamman Temple

This temple in the heart of Salem is dedicated to Mariamman, the rain goddess. Its seven-tiered gopuram is a visual masterpiece, and the temple attracts devotees especially during the five-day festival in the Tamil month of Aadi.

Sankaranarayana Temple

This  temple, dating back to the 9th century, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is believed to be one of the oldest Vishnu temples. Its intricate carvings and sculptures are a testament to the craftsmanship of the Chola era.

Rajarajeshwari Temple

The main sanctum enshrines the goddess Rajarajeshwari, known for her blessings in education and knowledge.

1008 Shivalingas

This unique temple complex houses a staggering 1008 identical Shiva Lingas (anthropomorphic representations of the Hindu deity Shiva) arrayed over a hillside, offering a mesmerizing view.

Kalangai Siddhar Temple

Dedicated to Lord Shiva and is believed to be associated with the Tamil Siddha saint Kalangiar. The temple's serene setting amidst hills and forests makes it a perfect getaway.

Jain Temple

This intricately carved temple is a significant pilgrimage site for Jains. Its architecture reflects the Dravidian style, and the temple complex houses several shrines dedicated to different Jain deities.

Panchamuga Anjaneyar Temple

This unique temple houses a five-faced Hanuman statue, each face representing a different aspect of the deity. The temple is known for its powerful blessings.

Sugavaneshwarar Temple

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this historic temple boasts over 500 years of rich history. It is famous for its soaring gopurams (ornate gateway towers), quaint gardens, and vibrant festivals, particularly the Aadi Krithigai festival celebrated during July-August.

Gnanalaya Saraswati Temple

Dedicated to the goddess of knowledge and wisdom, Saraswati, this temple is a popular spot for students seeking blessings for their studies.