Vinayaka Chathurthi

Rajaganapathy Temple in Salem

Sri Rajaganapathy Temple in Salem district is about 500 years old.

Presiding deity - Rajaganapathy

Kings considered the Lord a force defending them from evils. As the place was hilly with forests, it was then known as Shaila (mountain) Desam.

Daily pujas are performed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. with abhishekam. On Chathurthi days, Ganapathy yagna and special pujas are followed.

The 10-day Vinayaka Chathurthi festival is celebrated grandly in the month of Avani. On the first day of the festival, Lord Ganapathy is dressed in golden kavacham. The third day is the wedding festival. The Muthangi Seva on the 8th day is very famous. On the 10th day, the Lord is taken in procession in a flower-studded palanquin. Religious discourses are also organised on this day.

It is believed that those who pray to Lord Rajaganapathy are blessed with children, material prosperity, cure from prolonged illness, removal of obstacles in marriage alliances, wisdom and education.

His graceful darshan to Adisesha, helping the Kalinga king Hemangatha get back his kingdom are attributed to Lord Rajaganapathy.

Temple timings:

6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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