The Rajaganapathi Temple is situated at Salem and is devoted to God Rajaganapathi. The temple is believed to have been built 400 years ago. Kings believed God Vinayaka to be a force that would defend them from evils. Since the region was hilly with forests, it was then known as Shaila Desam. The famous Sugavaneswarar temple is located very close to this temple.
About The Temple
This sanctuary is a sister sanctuary of Sri Sugavaneswarar Temple, Salem. Lord Sugavaneshwara has favoured Sugabrammarishi the child of Ved Vyas. At the point when an extraordinary chariot was planned and made for Lord Sugavaneshwara Lord Ganapathy was likewise put at the point where the auto would begin its ride. This Lord Ganapathy got to be distinctly popular because of his preeminent powers in atracting enthusiasts and evacuating their issues. Along these lines another sanctuary was constructed for Lord Rajaganapathi in this place called Theradi. At the point when Lord Sugavaneshwara (Lord Siva) is conveyed to the chariot for Vaikasi Visagam, it is for Sri Rajaganapathi that the main pooja would be performed.
About The Deity
Principal Rajaganapathi is positioned with Angusam, Pasam in his grasp and with Abaya, Varatha muthras and with Tusk in one hand and Modagam in the other hand. Like in other Ganapathi Temples the Mooshika (Rat) is not seen inverse to the Lord as in different sanctuaries in light of the fact that here the Lord Rajaganapathi is in a sitting stance on Mooshika.
Daily pujas are performed from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. with abishek etc. On the Chaturti days, (fourth day from the new moon or full moon day) Ganapathi Yagna and special pujas are followed regularly.
Celebrations for Vinayaga chathurthi go on for over 13 days and the Lord would adorn 12 different alangarams as Vallaba Ganapathi, Siddhi Ganapathi, Lakshmi Ganapathi, Kubera Ganapathi, Ganapathi doing Sivalinga pooja, Kumaraganapathi etc. and it is a great sight to see the lord during these 12 days. During the vinayaga Chathurthi and Tamil New Year a special darshan of lord adorned in Thanga Kavasam (Gold Kavasam) is the highlight of the Chathurthi celebrations. On the 13th day with special homam and abhishekam Vasantha Urchava is carried out for the Lord. Special poojas are also performed to the Lord on Sankatahara Sathurthis.
Devotees offer abishek and Vastras (clothing) to Lord Rajaganathy.
The Lord Rajaganapathi has a unique record of guarding his devotees and providing them good health and wealth. Especially those seeking selection to leadership/top brass post are rewarded with the same if they sincerely offer their prayers to Lord Rajaganapathi. The unemployed also get good employment opportunity on seeking the Lord's blessings.
How to Reach Salem
Salem is well connected by air to Coimbatore, Bangalore, Chennai, Tiruchi, Madurai and Mumbai. Salem is well connected to other important towns/cities of Tamil Nadu as well as India by a good network of Railways. Salem has three important National Highways (NH7, NH47 and NH68) through the city.
Rajaganapathi St, Ammapet, Salem,
Tamil Nadu, India, Pincode – 636003.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To be blessed with children
- Material gain
- For cure from prolonged illness
- For obstacles in marriage alliances to be removed
Vakratunda Mahakaaya Suryakoti Samaprabha Nirvighnam Kuru Mey Deva Sarva Kaaryeshu Sarvada
Meaning -I pray to thee O Lord, who has a curved trunk and a strong body, the shine of a million suns, to remove all the hurdles that may block me from all the tasks I intend to perform.
Agajaanana Padmaarkam Gajaananam Aharnisham Anekadantham Bhaktaanaam Ekadantam Upaasmahey
Meaning -The sun to Mother Parvati's lotus face, I worship Lord Ganesh, with the elephant face, the one who grants a lot of wishes, the one with the single tusk, I salute thee to grant my wish.
Gajaananam Bhoota Ganaadhi Sevitam Kapitta Jamboophaala Saara Bhakshitam Umaasutam Shoka Vinaasha Kaaranam Namaami Vighneswara Paada Pankajam
Meaning -Oh elephant-faced Lord, who is served by all the Ganas, who consumes the essence of Kapitta and Jamboophala, His favourite fruits, who is Uma's son, who destroys the gloom of His devotees, who handles hurdles, we worship your lotus feet.
Tatpurushaaya Vidmahe Vakratundaaya Dheemahe Tanno Danthihi Prachodayaat
Meaning -We meditate on the great power, we call upon the single tusked Ganesh, who grants wishes.
The temple is open from 06:00 am to 11:00 am and from 04:00 pm to 08:00 pm.