district head quarters town etched its glory on the pages of history
for reasons more than one. The industrial wealth embedded in the
surrounding hills; spiritual glory abiding in the good old famous
shrines, in and around the town, and textile progress it made, are
some of the creditable plus points that heightened its glory to the
jealousy of other neighbouring districts. The name is derived from
the Sanskrit word - Sailam, signifying its location amidst
hills. It was originally called Sugavanapuram due to dwelling of
Suga Muniyar of great fame. This sage adored the powerful linga
called Sugavaneeswarar with great piety here that he was relieved of
the curse cast by Brahma.
miracles were produced here by the illustrious worshippers including
Avvaiyar. At the request of the Chola, Chera and Pandyan kings, it
is said Avvaiyar, changed a log of wood into a palmyrah tree. And it
bore fruits too. She solmenised the wedding of her adopted daughter
here. There is a sculptural representation on the western prakara of
the temple depicting Avvaiyar being carried to Kailas by Vinayaka.
it is to note that there are six famous places in United Kingdom and
one in United States bearing the same name of Salem, a shortened
form of the holy Jerusalem, the centre of pilgrimage for Christians.
This great town boasts of many temples dedicated to several gods,
but the Sukavaneswarar's stands supreme for its antiquity and the
great pull it is exerting on the theists. The deity enjoys the
honour of blessing the devout bhaktas out of proportion of their
devotion, and is popular as visible God - Pratyaksha Daivam. It is
in the midst of the town, and by its beautiful sculpture and several
spiritual activities, it is drawing huge crowds throughout the year.
is the district head quarters town commanding all types of