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Kailasanathar Temple near Salem

Kailashnathar Temple near SalemKailasanathar Temple is situated in the city of Tharamangalam which is 30 Km away from Salem. This temple is about 1000 years old and is famous for its architectural splendor.

The temple occupies an area of 240 square feet and the height of its tower is 76 feet.

Inside the temple the shrine of Kailasanathar is escorted by Sivakami. People also call it as Nilathambiran temple.

A king named Vikrama Thevan constructed this temple and hence it is also famous as the Vikrama Pandeeswarar temple.

About Kailasanathar Temple of Salem

The temple consists of a high wall which is embellished with stone carvings at a few places. The temple welcomes the tourists with a 5-tiered Gopuram. There is a shrine of Nandi which stands at the entrance of the temple. There is a large inner courtyard which is surrounded by a pillared passage. The following are the main features of the temple that one can observe while entering it:

  • There are 2 secondary shrines standing in front of the main shrine of the temple.

  • There is an attractive ceiling between these 3 shrines. There is a stone wheel which is encircled with pecking parrots made of stone. It is said that this wheel can be revolved freely. There are stone chains hanging from the same ceiling.

  • There is a well which is placed beside the main shrine of the temple at the equal level.

  • The walkway if packed with exciting sculptures of Deities and Saints. The statues of Manmatha and Rathi are highly commendable. There is a statue of Nataraja which has 18 arms. Among the famous saints there are 4 Nalvars and 63 Nayanmars. The temple is always in action and the sculptures sparkle occasionally due to the gleam of oil. They are bedecked with lamps and vermilion frequently.

  • There are 2 chambers inside the temple- Ante chamber and underground chamber. Both these chambers have a height of 6 feet. One can view a small “Linga” which is as small as a thumb of an individual. This “Linga” rests on a large “Peeta”.
The attractiveness of the temple solely depends on the magnificence of its pillars, sculptures and the capitals.

Pillars of the Kailasanathar Temple

The pillars of the Kailasanathar temple mesmerize the tourists with its splendor and they are really praiseworthy. All the pillars are well-proportioned on the whole. These gracefully carved pillars have horses, elephants and lions wonderfully carved on them. Each pillar comprises a square base with 16 or 8 sided bands or sections. The carvings in each section are of the “Bas-relief” type. The main pillar is attached to a slim pillar with latticed stone work.

Pillars at Kailashnathar Temple

These two pillars join to create a compound pillar. At the corners of the temple, 3 of the slim pillars join with the main pillar to form a compound pillar. The secondary or the slim pillars are not just for show purpose but they also bear the hanging stone work which rises elegantly towards the top of the pillar (also called the capital). The mythological lions which are carved on a few pillars have stone balls in their mouths and it is said that these balls can be rotated freely.     

Festivals celebrated in the Kailasanathar Temple   

The following are the main festivals which are celebrated in this temple every year:

  • Tiruvadhirai festival- Is celebrated in the months of December and January.

  • Thaipoosam float festival- Is celebrated in the temple for fifteen days every year in the months of January and February

  • Tirukarthikai festival- Is celebrated in the months of November and December

  • Pongal- 14th January

  • Pradosha- new moon days

  • Diwali- October to November

  • Vinayaka Chaturthi- Celebrated in August-September month.

During the festive season, the temple attracts a large number of devotees from all over Tamil Nadu and other places of India.

The Offerings at the Kailasanathar Temple

The devotees from all over India come to this temple and offer Abhishek to the Mother and the Lord which includes- Sandal, Panchamirtha(an assortment of 5 fruits), turmeric, milk and other stuff containing sweet. The devotees also present Nivedhana to the Lord and divide it among the other devotees. There are also a few people who arrange “Annadhana” and donate to the temple for its renovation purpose.

The Specialty of the Kailasanathar Temple

The locals believe that the sun rays fall on the Lord during the 9th, 10th and 11th of the months of February and March. At first, the rays fall on Nandi’s horns which get reflected on Lord which looks like a semi-circular moon.

Contact Kailasanathar Temple in Salem


Shri Kailasanathar Temple, Dharamangalam 636502, Salem district, Tamil Nadu.

Timings of Kailasanathar Temple
The temple remains open from 6 AM to 11 AM in the morning and in the evening from 5PM to 8PM.

How to reach Kailasanathar temple from Salem

From Salem the tourists can take a bus which will hardly take an hour to reach Tharamangalam. After getting down at the Tharamangalam bus station one can easily locate the temple as it is located exactly opposite to the bus station.

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