Kalangi Nathar Siddhar Temple & Lord Murgan Temple – Kanja Malai Hills – Salem

Welcome once again to our website mytempletrips and today I once again I will take you to Salem, the land of one of the 18 Tamil siddha temples located at the foot hills of Kanja Malai called Kalangi Nathar Siddhar Temple and we will also talk about Lord Murgan Temple.

India has been and is a land of great saints and today we will taken you to the temple of one of the greatest saint of Tamil Siddha temples.

Kalangi Nathar Siddhar Temple
Entrance of Kalangi Nathar Siddhar Temple

What is Siddha tradition

Before we talk about Kalangi Nathar Siddhar Temple let us look at little background about the great Tamil Siddhars and the Siddha tradition.

The Siddha system is a system of medicine , mainly practiced in the Southern part of India. It is one of the earliest traditional medicine systems in the world . Siddha Vaidya is the longest living medical system in the world.

India has been the birth place of many traditional philosophies including Siddha. The roots of this system are intertwined with the culture of ancient Tamil civilization.

Siddhargal – the 18 Tamil Siddhars

“Siddhargal” or Siddhars were the premier scholars of this system in ancient times. Siddhars, mainly hailing from Tamil Nadu laid the foundation for Siddha system of medicine. Hence, it is called Siddha medicine.

Siddhars were spiritual masters who possessed the ashta (eight) siddhis or unique powers. Agastyar or Agasthya, is believed to be the founding father of Siddha Medicine. Eighteen Siddhars are considered to be pillars of Siddha Medicine.

There were 18 siddhars who laid the foundation of this system. Hence there are 18 Siddha temple found in various part of South India mainly Tami Nadu.

The work of these saints are one of the greatest assets of our culture and civilization and the more we know the more amazed we are with their work.

The Kalangi Nathar Siddhar Temple is among the 18 temples of Tamil Siddha and is located at the foot of the Kanja Malai. Near the temple there are several perennial wells, waterfalls and small reservoirs.

Sidhar temple is located at a distance of 12 to 14 km towards the west of salem.

kanja malai hills meant to be the place of worship of Lord Shiva and Lord Murgan. It is a small village and shrine of siddhar is also called kalangi nathar . locals also call him lord siddeswara or siddar koil temple

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

The temple is associated with great saint and Tamil Siddar Kalangi Nathar & Bogar. And Kalangi Nathar is believed to be the guru of Bhogar and their relationship as the Guru and disciple was very much admirable.

Kalangi Nathar was also called as Kanjamalai Siddhar. Here. “Kanjam” means Gold, copper, and Iron and “Malai” means hill. It is a popular pilgrimage spot and special pooja is done on all full moon days and new moon days.

The temple is associated with mnay other prominent Siddhars namely seven of them those include: Indran, Soman, Rudhran, Kanduru, Brahman, Kanjamalaiyan and Kalangi Nathar.

It is believed that Kalangi Nathar went to China to spread the Knowledge of Yoga and Acupuncture. As per old texts he was called as Confucius in China.

It is said that the Kanjamali hills has many herbs that has curative properties. People take a dip in the water running here and consider it to be holy.

After returning back to india , he took Jeeva Samadhi at Kancheepuram.

So If you visit Salem, please do visit the temple for a wonderful experience.

People visit this palace to have sought of remedies for many ailment.

Kanjamalai Sitharkoil Murugan Temple / Lord Murgan Temple

As I mentioned , just before the Siddhar Temple on top of the small hill, you will see this beautiful Lord Murgan Temple.

Lord Murgan Temple
Entrance of Lord Murgan Temple

Some nice photographs of Lord Murgan temple

How to Reach Kalangi Nathar Siddhar Temple

The Kalangi Siddhar temple is located at the foot of Kanja Malai. It is well connected to Salem city. The nearest railway station is the Salem railway station. One can easily take an auto-rickshaw from the city to the temple.

One you reach the parking spot on right hand side you will see the this Siddha Temple which is dedicated to Lrd Shiva and on left hand side you will se some stairs going up which is Lord Murgan Temple.

Time you need to visit Kalangi Nathar Siddhar Temple

Optimum duration of a visit is 1 – 2 hours. The operating hours of the temple are from 6 AM to 8 PM on all days.

Kalangi Nathar Siddhar Temple Timings

Like most temples, it is also closed during noon from 1 PM to 4 PM. There are daily pujas offered each morning.

Facilities at Kalangi Nathar Siddhar Temple

There are washrooms, food stalls and locker facitly available near by. I am sure you will have a wonderful experience there !

Have a blessed darshan!


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1008 shiva linga temple

Ariyanoor 1008 lingam temple – Salem – Tamil Nadu

A beautiful hill with a presence of 1008 shiva lingas. Welcome to Ariyanoor 1008 lingam temple. This Sahasra Lingeswarar temples complex where you you will feel harmony and calmness. It is a must visit if you are in Salem.

1008 lingam temple

Where is 1008 Shiva Lingam Temple

This 1008 Lingam Temple is one of the famous temples of Tamil Nadu.

This beautiful temple also called as Sahasra Lingeswarar temple and is in Ariyannoor.

Ariyannoor is a locality is salem and is approximately 8 Kms before the Salem city center. The temple is taken care by vinayaga mission.

1008 lingam temple
panaromic view

What is 1008 Lingam Temple famous for?

The presence of 1008 Shiva Lingas on this hill make this temple complex so powerful and vibrating with great energy.

The main temple has a huge statue of Shiva linga with Nandi in the moolasthanam.

You will welcomed by an immense statue of Lord Vinayaka as we reach the gates of the temple.

Main Shiva Temple

It’s possible to hit the hill by vehicle or choose to walk and enjoy the scenery on the way.

The temple, surrounded by the Sankagiri mountains and greenery, which is a sight to behold, can be found atop the hill.
On your visit to this magnificent temple, you will feel harmony and calmness.

What to see at Sahasra Lingeswarar temple

As soon as you start walking you will first see the lord Venkateswara temple, which is devoted to Lord Tiruapti Balaji . This temple complex has temples dedicated to many gods.

At the right of lord Venkateswara temple is lord Rama and Sita temple and once you walk further , you will find Lord Hanuman temple on right hand side.

Sita Mata Temple

Looking straight further on the left hand side you will see the main Lord Shiva temple, you can visit this temple and then go further up to visit other temples . or you can decide to go up further and visit temples of Lord Ganesha, Ma Mahalaxmi , Goddess Rajeshwari, Lord Murgan and come back to main temple ..

So you will find temples of Lord Palani murugan, swamimalai murugan, thiruhendur murugan, pazhamuthircholai murugan, tyruthani murugan, thiruparamkundram murugan, raja rajeswari, anjaneya, mahalaxmi, venkatesa perumal can also be found in lingams.

1008 Lingam temple salem timings

The temple complex is open from 8.00 AM morning to 8.00 PM evening.

Hotels near 1008 Lingam temples

Salem is a big city and a commercial city of Tamil Nadu. There are lots of hotels in Salem and this place being 8km from city center is easily accessible. Few close by hotels are

Sivaraj Holiday Inn, Grand Estanica, CJ Pallazio Hotel, Zibe Salem, Raddisson Salem, Hotel Palm Residency

Restaurants near 1008 Lingam Temple

There are many. Adayar Ananda Bhavan ( A2B) is just 3.5 KM away. Also near by around 9 KM is Sarvana Bhavan, Cascade resturant, Selvi Mess etc . There are many restaurants near by.

How to reach 1008 Shiva Lingam Temple

This temple is on Sale Coimbatore highway ( NH 544).

If you are travelling from Bangalore you need to take NH44 towards salem and then NH544 towards Coimbatore. You will see this temple on your right hand side. It will be around 8Kms before Salem city center.


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15 Must visit Lord Rama Temples in India ( Ram Mandir )

Friends today I will tell you the 15 most popular Shri Ram temple ( Ram mandir / राम मंदिर ) in India. These grand temples are dedicated to Lord Rama and are of immense significance for us. So let us look a these 15 must visit Lord Rama Temples.

Shri Ram is everywhere. Lord Rama is part of our lives, our culture and our believes. In India anywhere you go you will find Lord Ram,

Lord Rama is Lord Vishnu ‘s seventh incarnation, and one of several Hindu deities. Sri Ram is the main figure of the epic Ramayana, and temples dedicated to Lord Rama are located across India. Today we will see 15 most popular Shri Ram temple ( Ram mandir / राम मंदिर ) in India

Ayodhya is Lord Rama ‘s birthplace. Lord Ram is also known as Purushottam, meaning the strongest and purest of all men.

Shri Rama is “the embodiment of reality, morality, the ideal son, the ideal husband, and above all, the ideal king.” – Swami Vivekanad

Lord Rama was born in Treta Yuga, and is also considered to be the oldest deity worshipped in human form.

Must visit Lord Rama Temples in India ( Ram Mandir / राम मंदिर )

So friends, below is my list of must visit Lord Rama temples ( Ram Mandir / राम मंदिर ). Grand, historical and very important for all of us.

Ayodhya Ram Mandir, Uttar Pradesh – #1

Shri Ram Janmabhoomi is the birthplace of Lord Ram and it is in Ayodhya. It is an ancient city in north of India. Ayodhya is situated on the bank of the river Sarayu in Uttar Pradesh.

Ayodhya is one of the seven most important pilgrimage sites Saptapuri for Hindus. On 5 August, 2020, the grand ceremony of laying the foundation stone of Ram Temple in Ayodhya took place and a magnificent temple will come up here.

Shri Bhadrachalam Temple or Sita Ramachandraswamy Temple, Telangana – #2

Bhadrachalam Temple in Telangana is one of the most famous Lord Rama temples in country. The temple is situated on the banks of river Godavari. This temple in Bhadrachalam is an very important Hindu pilgrimage center. If you are in Telangana, you should not miss it.

It is located in Bhadrachalam, Bhadradri Kothagudem District of Telangana. Ram Navami is the most important festival being celebrated here and a grand way. The temple is also called as Shri Bhadrachalam temple.

In this region, there are two places closely associated with the Ramayana namely Bhadrachalam and Vijayanagara. It is said that Sri Ram, Ma Sita and Lakshman stayed at a place which is around 35 kms from Bhadrachalam . The place from where Sri Ram crossed river Godavari, the Bhadrachalam temple was built and it is on the northern bank of the river.

The town of Bhadrachalam gets its name from an ardent devotee of Lord Rama, known as Bhadra.

Kodandarama Temple, Vontimitta, Andhra Pradesh – #3

Kodandarama Temple at Vontimitta is one of the largest Lord Rama Temples in the Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh.

The temple dedicated to the Lord Rama is visited by thousands of devotees every day. The architecture of the temple is a wonderful example of Vijayanagara style of temple architecture.

Lord Rama temples

The temple dates back to the 16th century. It comes under the centrally protected monuments of national importance.

As per local legend the temple was constructed by two robbers, Vontudu and Mittudu, who later became ardent Rama devotees.

Sree Ramaswami Temple, Thalassery, Kerala – #4

Also known as Brass Pagoda , Sree Ramaswami Temple is an important Rama temple in Kerala.

Ramaswami Temple of Thalassery is one of the five major shrines dedicated to Lord Sree Rama in Kerala.

Ramaswamy Temple,Kumbakonam- Tamil Nadu – #5

Ramaswamy Temple of Tamil Nadu is one of the most beautiful and famous Lord Rama temple in South India.

The temple is located in Kumbakonam which is a very famous temple town of Tamil Nadu. Ramaswamy Temple,Kumbakonam is a very popular Shri Ram temple in country. This is a very very colourful and beautiful temple which has statues of Lord Rama along with his three brothers, Lakshman, Bharat and Shatrugahan and also Lord Hanuman.

One of the prime features of this temple is hall with 64 pillar.

Kala Ram Temple Maharashtra #6

This temple is in Maharashtra and is situated in the Panchvati area of Nashik. One of the most important oldest hindu shrines in the region.

Why Panchavati is famous ? and that is because during exile, Lord Rama and Ma Sita visited this place and they stayed here for some time.

The temple has a black statue of Lord Rama and hence the name Kala Ram temple. This is really unique. The temple was built in 1788 by Sardar Rangarao Audhikar.

He dreamt about the black color statue or Lord Rama and it is believed that he found the statue in the same place he has in his dream.

Ram Mandir Bhuvneshwar Odisha – #7

This is one of the famous Ram temples situated in Kharavel Nagar area of Bhubneshwar Odisha.

The temples high rise spire is visible from a long distance and from many parts of the city. It has beautiful images of Lord Ram, Ma Sita and Lakshmana.

Ramachaura Mandir , Bihar – #8

Ramchaura temple in Bihar is located in Hajipur , a city in Bihar.

It is one of most important tourist destinations of Hajipur and landmark of the city. As per local legend this temple existed from Ramayana period. So this is a very old temple.

It is said that Lord Rama visited this place on his way to Janakpur and hence during Ram Navami a mela is organized at this place every year.

Ram Raja Temple, Madhya Pradesh #9

Rama Raja temple also called as RajaRam temple is situated in Orcha Madhya Pradesh. Orcha is a very beautiful town and a very important tourist destination.

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It is one of the most important temples to visit in Orcha and is also called as Orcha temple.

This is the only temple in India, where Lord Ram is worshipped as a King. On the occasion of Rama Navami, Lord Rama also gets the gun salute.

Kondarama Temple Karnataka – #10

One of the must visit Lord Rama temple in Karnataka. It is one of the most popular temples near Hampi. And is one of the famous Rama temples of Karnataka.

The temple is located at Hiremagalur near Hampi in Karnataka and falls into Chikamanglur district.

As per local legend this place is was the residence of 9 siddha Purushas and also Lord Parusharama. It is said that Lord Parshurama used to live here and hence this place is also called as Bhargavapuri.

Bhargavapuri means the adobe of Bhargava or Lord Parshurama.

In the village there is also a Siddha Pushkarni or the place where the 9 siddha purashas performed the penance.

Ramatek Temple Maharastra – #11

Another very important Lord Rama temple. It is around 57 Kms from Nagpur. A very very [popular pilgrimage site in Maharashtra and Nagpur.

Raghuranth Temple , Jammu & Kashmir – #12

Another very important Lord Rama temple situated in the extreme north of the country.

It is one of the largest temple complexes located in in the north of India and has some very beautiful paintings from Ramayana.

This temple was constructed by the first dogra ruler of Jammu and Kashmir, Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1835.There are 7 Hindu shrines in the temple complex but the presiding deity is Lord Rama.

Shri Ram Tirath Temple – Amritsar – #13

This is one of the important Lord Rama temple in Punjab region and is around 12 Kms west of Amritsar. Amritsar is a very sacred town and you can read more about temples of Amritsar here.

Shri Raam Tirath is supposed the place were Rishi Valmiki’s ashram was located and hence this is also considered to be the birth place of Luv and Kush.

Hence it is a very important tirth sthal of the region.

Sri Rama Swamy Temple Kerala – #14

Also known as Thiruvangad Sree Ramaswami temple is an important temple of Lord Rama worship in the region.

The temple is also known as Brass Pagoda due to copper sheet on the roof.

It is one of the five major temples of Lord Shri Ram in Kerala. Other 4 are at –

Thrinayamkudam (Vaikom), Triprayar, Thiruvilluamala ,Kadalur

Sri Ramanath Swamy temple , Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu – #15

Shri Ramnathswamy temple Rameswaram is one the most important Lord Rama temple in the country and also Rameshwaram is one of the most important religious destinations of the country.

This temple was built by setupatis of setukavalan, the custodian of the bridge built by the army of Lord Rama to cross the sea to reach Sri Lanka. The current temple was built in 12th century and is believed to have same shivling which Lord Rama worshipped before leaving of Sri Lanka.


So friends these were my list of 15 important must visit Lord Rama temples. Hope you liked this informatio.

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