Vellore Temples

Erukkampattu

Erukkampattu is a small village situated close to lie monuments at Vallimalai and Melpadi. The temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is built on the lake bund. The god is enshrined here in the Sayana form of Ranganatha. The temple is assigned to the period of 9th century. The recent earthwork carried out in the temple revealed discoveries including a broken but beautiful stone image of Bhoga Sayanamurthy assignable to middle Chola Period.

Jalakandeswarar Temple-Vellore Fort

The temple which had been built in the late Vijayanagar style, comprised of the main shrine and closed ambulatory passage around, and the integral Mahamantapa, with a northward projecting sub-shrine for Nataraja, containing also several other sub-shrines. The temple has two court yards, one is inner prakara and the other is outer prakara - The structures in the court yard on the outer prakara include the lofty Gopuram on the southern side which is the entry point to the temple. On the , South-West corner of outer court yard is the Kalyanamantapa which is the gem of architecture of I ate Vijayanagar style in embellishments and the art motifs of its pillars, ceilings and plinth mouldings, It stands as testimony for the architectural workmanship of that period.

Kailasagiri

Kailasagiri 10 km from Ambur, this place is anions for the Murugan temple situated on a small hill. Streams surround the temple area. One can see the ruins of the fort that are said to be there during the Nawab period. From this hill one can see the panoramic view of Umarabad, a small town with a very big mosque and Arabic college.

Kanchanagiri

Kanchanagiri Situated 7 km from Ranipet, Kanchanagiri is famous for the small Siva temple on a plateau surrounded by hills. One can see many suyambu lingams. It is believed that they are the Siddhas who lived there or thousands of years.

Kankeyanallur

Sri Kangeeswarar temple is in Kangeyanallur village and was built during the time of the Chola rulers, as evidenced by the stone inscriptions. The temple dedicated to Lord Muruga was built some live hundred years ago and later on it was renovated by Sri Mallaiyadhas Bhagavadhar and Sri Thirumuruga Kirupanandha Varriyar, a popular exponent of Hindu Scriptures. Sculptures arc artistically engraved in the gopura depicting the Kandhapuranam and the six sthalams of Lord Muruga.

Mahendravadi

The village Mahendravadi owes its origin to Pallava Mahendra Varman I(AD 580-630). According to an inscription in Pallava grantha this case temple was excavated by Gunabhara on the bund of a large tank called Mahendra thataka in the city of Maheudrapura. The cave temple is formed by completely scooping out a large free standing boulder. Now the ‘karuvarai’ has an image of Narasimha.

Melpadi

Melpadi is an important place being the border between Chola and Rashtrakuta kingdoms. It is a Pallippadai temple and seems to have been built over the mortal remains of Chola Arinjaya (AD 956-967) by his grandson Chola Raja Raja I in the year AD 1014. The temple is replete with many Tamil inscriptions recording grants of land made towards the maintenance of the temple.

Palamathi hills

Palamathi about 14 km is a suburb of Vellore and is famous for its Murugan temple recently built on the hill about 1800 ft above the sea level.

Pallikonda

The Presiding deity here is Sri Ranganathaswamy. The stone inscriptions of the temple reveal that it should have been built in 10th century prior to the regime of vikrama Chola. Contributions made by kulasekara Sambhuarayan and Kampavarman son of Nandivarman, a Pallas a King are recorded in these inscriptions the temple was originally inside a fort as revealed by the surrounding old dilapidated walls.

Ratnagir

Ratnagir 13 km from Vellore, Ratnagiri is famous for the Murugan temple situated on a small hillock. It is said that the temple was built in the 14th century AD, but renovations were made recently.

Shenbakkam

The famous temple dedicated to Sri Selva Vinayagar and Somasundareswarar has been attracting a large number of devotees from far and near A special feature of the shrine is that poojas and abishegams are performed ‘for Sri Selva Vinayagar in an open space around which the prakaram has been built. It is said that the original name of the village was Shenhagavanam as it was full of fragrant Shenbaga trees even though no trace of the trees is to he seen now.

Sholingur

Sholingur Famous for the Sri Yoga Lakshmi Narasimhar temple, situated on 750 ft. high hillock & 1305 stairs. There is also a Yoga Anjaneyar temple located on a 350 ft. high and 406 Stairs. Volunteers and devotees who visit the hill temple of Sholiugur on full moon day of every month to perform girivalam. Thirupavithrotsavam festival is celebrated in the month of August. The Navarathri festivals are held in the month of October.

Takkolam

Thiruvurai alias Thakkolam is historically important as the battle-field where the Rashtrakutas and the Cholas fought in 949 A.D. during the time of Rajaditya. The stone inscriptions in the temple reveal that this temple should have been built during the time of Pallava dynasty and was later on improved upon by Chola Kings. The temple occupies an area of about 5 acres. The temple has beautiful sculptures and valuable inscriptions.

Tiruvalam

The presiding deity of this shrine is, Sri Vallanadheeswarar. Saint Thirugnana Sambandar has composed a Padhigam in praise of the deity. A unique feature of this shrine is that the Nandhi is not facing the Lord, hut facing tile opposite direction. There is an under- path, beneath the Bali Peetam. Several stone inscriptions in both Tamil and Sanskrit could be found in the temple.

Tirumalpur

The village Tirumalpur is named after Tirumal (Lord Vishnu). The temple is of all-stone and assignable to 9th century AD based on architectural style and inscriptions of Parantaka Chola (AD 907-955). Though the temple is devoid of sculptures, it is engraved with a number of Tamil inscriptions belonging to the Chola period (10th to 13th century A.D). Gifts were made to the temple including some from the several queens of Chola dynasty.

Virinchipuram

The most sacred Siva Temple at Virinchipuram is popularly known as “Bhaskara Kshethiram” because the sun is said to worship the linga when its rays fall on it in the month of’ Panguni. The main shrine of the temple is said to have been built by Raja Raja Chola, Sambara Rayan, the viceroy of Kulothunga Chola. There are 5 prakaras in this temple, and there is lion faced sculpture, in the left side of the shrine. This is a well with foot steps inside and is known as the “Simha Theertham’.

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