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The Vinayaka Mission’s Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital is situated on the NH-47, Sankari Main Road, Seeragapadi, 15 kms from Salem city, on the highway connecting Salem to Coimbatore. Salem is well-connected by rail, road and air to the major cities of India. It takes 3 hours to reach Salem from Coimbatore and 4 hours from Bangalore by road. A train journey from Coimbatore and Bangalore also takes the same time. It also takes 5 hours to reach Salem from Chennai by train. This has become possible by the super fast trains connecting the two cities.

City of Salem

The name Salem is derived from “Sayilam”, which means a cool place. It was a part of the Chera Kingdom in the ancient times. From the inscription at Garabura Natha Swamy Temple at Uthamasolapuram, located 10 kms away from the Salem Old Bus Stand, it is believed that the Tamil Poetess Avvaiyar was born in Salem. With the southern invasion of Tamil Nadu by the Vijayanagar Empire, Salem came under the Madurai Nayaks. It was later ruled by Gatti Mudalis who built the famous Kailasanathar Temple at Tharamangalam, located 25 kms to the west of Salem. After the Carnatic Wars, Salem was taken from Hyder Ali and the British annexed it with British India. Theeran Chinnamalai of the Kongu region fought against the British aggression like Veerapandia Kattabomman of the Thirunalveli region. The arrested Kongu chieftain Theeran Chinnamalai was hung at the Sankagiri Fort.

Salem is located at 11°40’10” N and 78°08’27” E. It has an average elevation of 278 metres (MSL). The city of Salem is a rare gift of nature. It is encircled by fertile and beautiful hills on all sides, the Shevaroy Hills on the north, the Kolli Hills on the south–east and the inspiring Kanjamalai on the west. People believe that Kanjamalai is the dwelling place of the Siddhas. Kanjamalai is also rich in iron ore.

Salem city has grown by leaps and bounds in the last two decades. The population of Salem was 4,99,024 in 1991 and 6,96,760 in 2001. The World Gazetteer estimated the population of Salem to be around 12 lakhs in 2009. Salem is the 4th largest populous city in the State. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Salem has an average literacy rate of 77%, higher than the national average of 64.5%. Though the language spoken is predominantly Tamil, there are people whose mother tongue is Kannada or Telugu. North Indians like Jains who are engaged in trade and commerce inhabit the Shevapet area.

Salem consists of three assembly segments: Salem North, Salem South and Salem West, which are part of the Salem Lok Sabha constituency. Great men of Salem like Ramasamy Gounder, Lawyer. C. Vijayaragavachariar, C. Raja Gopalachari and Dr. P. Subbarayan started their political career in Salem. Rajagopalachari known more popularly as Rajaji was the last Governor General of free India.

The present Government Arts College was started a hundred years ago as a municipal college. Education is gaining momentum in Salem city as well as in Salem district since more government and private medical, engineering and arts & science colleges have sprung up in the last two decades. Today there are two universities in Salem, the state run Periyar University and a private university called Vinayaka Missions Univerisity run by the Thiru Muruga Krirupanada Variyar Thavathiru Sundara Swamigal, Medical, Educational and Charitable Trust under the Chairmanship of Honourable Dr. A. Shanmugasundaram.

There are many places of tourist attraction around Salem city. Yercaud, one of the three famous hill stations in Tamil Nadu, is situated atop the Shevaroy Hills. It is 30 kms away from Salem Junction. Boating at the lake at Yercaud is an interesting pursuit for tourists. The climate at Yercaud is so pleasant that it attracts tourists from all over South India throughout the year. Yercaud is also famous for its coffee plantations, orange groves and flowering plants. There are many wood industries at the foothills of Yercaud.

Namakkal, otherwise called the Poultry City is 45 kms south of Salem. Namakkal is famous for the Lakshmi Narasimmah Swamy and Namagiri Thayaar Temples. The temple for Lord Anjaneya is the most attractive feature of Namakkal. Lorry transport is an important industry at Namakkal.

Mettur Dam, a beautiful and magnificent dam built across the river Kaveri, is just 50 kms west of Salem. It is resourceful for power generation and irrigation. The Raman Intake Tower at Mettur Dam pumps drinking water from the River Kaveri to Salem town. Today Mettur Dam is a well developed industrial town. Stanley Park attached to the dam is an added attraction to Mettur Dam.

The city of Salem was developed by the British. Salem is famous for sweet mangoes, pure silk sarees and steel plants. The stainless steel vessels made from Salem Steel are far superior to any other stainless steel vessels in India. From the seventies and the eighties, silver chain (anklet) making has been a fast developing handicraft industry in Salem. Thousands of people are employed in this industry. Having said that, handloom is the best developed handicraft industry in Salem. Hence the Government of India has established the Indian Institute of Handloom Technology in Salem. Sago another famous industry in Salem, is exported to many eastern countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and others. Salem also has one of the largest magnesite deposits in India. Companies like Dalmia and TANMAG have mines in Salem. Salem was once a centre for film production. The modern theatres and production units have produced more than a hundred films in Tamil. Salem town has a plethora of cinema theatres like Oriental, Gowri, Raja Sabari, ARRS Multiplex, Alankar, Big Cinemas, Keerthana, Ramana, Kailash, Prakash and Big Cinemas K.S, to name only a few.

Being one of the fastest growing in the Tier II cities in Tamil Nadu, the Tamil Nadu Government and ELCOT are planning to establish an IT Park in Salem covering about 160 acres. SAIL is planning another Special Economic Zone (SEZ) covering about 250 acres inside the Salem Steel Plant .

Salem is well connected by road, rail and air with the other major cities in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. The distances are as follows:- Salem to Bangalore – 200 kms, Salem to Chennai – 335 kms, Salem to Coimbatore – 165 kms, Salem to Thiruchirappalli – 150 kms and Salem to Ernakulam – 500 kms. The geographical location of Salem is its advantage because it is free from natural calamities like cyclones and tsunamis. People of all castes, creed and communities live in perfect harmony in Salem city.

Salem is also known for its temples. Saint Sugavana with the parrot nose performed penance and was blessed by Lord Siva. Hence the Siva temple at Salem is known as Sugavaneswara Temple. There are also the temples for Kottai Mariamman and Alagirinatha Swamy (Lord Vishnu). Aadi Utsav is celebrated every year on a grand scale in Salem.

The latest development in the field of spiritualism is the 1008 Shivalayas built by Dr. A. Shanmuga Sundaram, Chancellor, Vinayaka Missions University, Salem. Since it is not feasible for every South Indian to go to Mount Kailash to have a dharshan of Lord Siva, Dr. A. Shanmuga Sundaram brought Mount Kailash to Salem. Today the 1008 Shivalayas built on a hillock near Vinayaka Missions University is a real pride of Salem. The Siva Linga installed at the Temple which is 17’ high is taller than the Siva Linga at the Brahadheeswar Temple at Thanjavur. Sri Umayambigai Samedha and Sri Arunachala Sundareshwar, the presiding deities at the 1008 Shivalayas shower blessings on the devotees. Hence the temple is called Dhakshina Kailash.

 
 
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