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									Temples Around Vellore

Listed below are many of the ancient temples around Vellore.

Walajapet - Vellore

Dhanvanthri temple at Walajapet

This temple, at Keezh Pudupet, 5kms from Walajapet is built by Sri Muralidhara Swamigal. The temple
is dedicated to the God of Medicine, Dhanvanthri, who came out from the Milky Ocean (Paarkadal) during
the churning of it. Swamigal built this for God of Medicine, because he lost both his parents to diseases.
When his mother was suffering acutely from cancer, she made him promise that he would do something
to save people from the pain of diseases in the world. As a priest, the one thing he could think of was
setting up a temple for Dhanvanthri and deflecting all the crowds rushing to hospitals to this „Makkal
Pinitheerkkum Maruthuvamanai‟ (the hospital that will cure the diseases of people). The main idol, a
beautifully decorated granite sculpture, is now touring the places where the yagnas are being performed
before reaching its final abode.

Visalakshi ammai sametha Kasi Viswanadhar temple at Walajapet

The temple is in Walajapet town. By visiting this temple, one can get rid of fear of death. Kala bairavar
and Sani are opposite to each other and this is a Sani dosha nivarthi sthalam.

Bala Murugan Temple at Rathinagiri

Rathinagiri is about 13 km from Vellore towards Chennai and is famous for the Murugan temple on a
hillock. There are 130 steps to the hillock top. Saint Arunagirinadhar had sung Thiruppugazh on this
temple. The temple belonging to the 14th century was under dilapidated conditions a few decades back
and with the efforts of Sri Swami Balamugan Adimai, the temple is now restored to its full glory with
fantastic sculptural works, big mandapams etc., to the extent of people calling this as the 7th Padai
Veedu of Lord Muruga.

Swami Balamugan Adimai, who was called Sachithanantham in his early days was working as a clerk in
the Electricity Department and one day, while on his way to work, he climbed the Rathinagiri Hill to offer
his prayers. There was neither camphor nor incense available at the poor and dilapidated temple. He
walked around the shrine with a heavy heart and was suddenly overcome with divine awakening. He
fainted onto the ground and on waking up he was unable to remember his own self. He dressed himself in
a loincloth and took a sacred vow not to leave until the temple was restored to its former glory. This
memorable event of Swami‟s spiritual awakening took place on 20th March 1968 and he maintains
silence all these years.

Murugar temple at Kangeyanallur

Location: Kangeyanallur is between Vellore and Katpadi.
Temple: Sri Kangeeswarar temple in Kangeyanallur was built during the time of Chola rulers. The temple
dedicated to Lord Muruga was built some 500 years ago. Sculptures are artistically engraved in the
gopuram depicting the Kandhapuranam and the six Padaiveedus of Lord Muruga. It is said that the
sculpturer who created the Thiruthani Murugan temple has created this as well. It is said that Lord
Muruga here is being worshipped by sages and celestial gods during mid-nights everyday. The temple
was renovated by Sri Thirumuruga Kirupanandha Variyar, a popular exponent of Hindu Scriptures and his
father Sri Mallaiyadhas Bhagavadhar. When Mallaiyadhas Bhagavadhar conducted the
Kumbabhisheham in 1933, his son Srisailavasan fell from 50 feet but after intense prayer and applying
holy ash over him, he just woke up without any injury. An inscription about this incident is present in the
Theertham: Saravana Poihai (created by Krupanandha Variyar)
Variyar‟s Knowledge centre: This is present opposite the temple where Kirupanandha Variyar was
cremated. There is a 24 hours Moksha deepam burning here facing the North direction.


Jalakandeswarar Temple at Vellore Fort

The temple which had been built in the Vijayanagara style is situated within the Vellore fort. It comprised
of the main shrine, closed ambulatory passage around and the integral Mahamantapa. Inside the temple,
there is a Kalyanamantapa which is the gem of architecture in embellishments and the art motifs of its
pillars, ceilings and plinth moldings. It stands as testimony for the architectural workmanship of that
Jalakanteswarar means „Siva residing in the water‟. The temple is adorned with some remarkable
sculptures and the best is found on the left side of the entrance, a verandah which contains monolithic
pillars of grandeur and delicacy of execution. There are impressive sculptures in the temple particularly
outside the swami shrine and inside the main mandapam. The sanctum sanctorum is a small low building
and at the entrance there are dwarakapalas in blue granite. Sculpture work on the ceilings and pillars are
rich in its characteristics. In the outer prakara there is a well which has a stone door way opening on a
point which is usually below water level. The under ground mandapa or Neerazhi Mandapa is said to lead
to a subterranean passage leading to the River Palar.

Sri Lakshmi Narayani Golden temple in Sripuram

This Golden temple situated in Sripuram in Thirumalaikkodi, about 7 km from Vellore, is built in a 100 acre
site with whopping 1500 kg of gold at a cost of 300 crores. According to Sri Sakthi Amma, head of the Sri
Narayani Peedam, who built the temple, the decision to have the temple coated with gold, is only to
attract visitors and enable them to get wisdom through the messages of the Vedas. The temple has been
designed in such a way that visitors can reach the golden temple only after going through a star-shaped
pathway, which has the messages from the Vedas on both sides.

This has already become highly popular and too crowded on weekends and will take several hours to
complete the dharshan during weekends. There is a 200 Rs ticket (apart from free dharshan) also, but
this too is crowded during weekends. Better visit the temple with ample time in reserve.

Sri Selva Vinayagar temple at Shenbakkam

Location: 3 km from Vellore en route to Bangalore, this famous temple is dedicated to Sri Selva
Vinayagar and Somasundareswarar. It is said that the original name of this place was Shenbagavanam,
as it was full of fragrant Shenbaga tree even though no trace of the trees is seen now.
Legend: Once when Thukkoji, a Maharashtra minister was passing through this place, the axle of his
vehicle broke and blood oozed out from the place. He stayed that night here and Vinayahar appeared in
his dream and revealed his presence.


     * There are 11 Vinayahars - namely Bala Vinayahar, Nadana Vinayahar, Ohmkara Vinayahar,
Karpaka Vinayahar, Chinthamani Vinayahar, Selva Vinayahar, Mayura Vinayahar, Mooshika Vinayahar,
Vallaba Vinayahar, Siddhi Buddhi Vinayahar and Pancha muha Vinayahar - with Selva Vinayahar at the
centre and all the other Vinayahars around
     * All of them are Swayambu (appeared themselves) moorthies in the form of lingams and all of them
in the form of Ohm.
     * On the back of Selva Vinayahr, there is a mark of the wheel of the cart, which was supposedly
driven by Thukkoji.
     * There is no roof for the main shrine to facilitate all Sages and Celestial Gods to worship the deity
     * Aadhi Sankarar worshipped here and installed Srichakra in the Esanya corner of the temple.
     * The significances of the temple have been written about by Kanchi Maha Priyavar, Sri
Chandrasekarendhra Swamigal
    * The flag post is present within the sanctum sanctorum itself
    * Saturn God is facing the main deity
    * A silver covering was made 75 years back to cover the Selva Vinayahar fully but now it covers Him
only two-thirds, indicating He is growing all the way

Worship Benefits: It is believed that by doing milk abhisheham to the Bala Vinayahar here, the illness of
children will be cured. Also, this Vinayahar is believed to sanction the boons for timely marriage and

Vellore - Polur (Thiruvannamalai)

Sri Lakshmi Narsimha Swamy Temple at Singiri Koil

Singiri Koil is a hamlet, situated at a distance of about 25 km from Vellore and is off the main road from
Vellore to Polur. It is an exclusive shrine for Lord Lakshmi Narasimha and is believed to be at least 1,000
years old.

More details on the temple is available here


Erikuppam Saneeswarar Temple

Location: In the Polur (Thiruvannamalai) - Vellore route, 45 km from Thiruvannamalai and 30 km from
Vellore, there is a place called Sandhavasal near Padavedu. From there, Erikuppam is 3 km away
towards Arani and is 10 km from Arani.

Temple: This 15th century temple was discovered recently and has been renovated. On Saturdays,
devotees throng the place.

    * Lord Saneeswarar is present in an unique Yantra form which is considered more powerful and
hence the name „Yantra Saneeswarar‟.
    * Sri Saya Devi, mother of Sri Saneeswarar is present to His left side and due to the presence of His
mother, Saneeswarar is in a peaceful and happy mind state here. Hence He is able to blessHis devotees,
bestowing complete happiness, removing their sorrows, sins and difficulties.
    * We can hear elders saying „Don‟t stand and pray straight in front of Saneeswarar‟ but his straight
sight here will bring only goodness to life.
    * The Holy Shrine is open to the skies, without any roof-top.
    * Saneeswarar is present in the Yantra form nowhere else in the world excepting this one and another
in Shinkapur, 70 km from Shiradi, in Maharashtra state.

Yantra: This Saneeswara Yantra has been made in a single granite stone, with a fantastic size of 5.5 feet
height and 1.5 feet width and looks majestic. It is having the mark of Sun in the upper left side, Crow in
the middle side and the moon in the upper right corner. Below these, Peejakshara Manthras in the form of
Shutkonam (six corners - shut meaning six and konam meaning corners) can be seen. Below this we can
see „Lakshmi Kadaksha Yandra‟ and yandras relating to water and fire. The Shutkona yandra consists of
Manthras in a right left mirrored form, praising Lord Shiva, Lord Anjaneya and Sree Saneeshwara. This
Yandra is believed to be one of the most powerful ones and unique in its kind.

The official website is here and also detailed in Vikatan Publication‟s „Alaya Dharisanam‟ book.

Sri Kamakshi amman sametha Sri Ekambareswarar temple at Parvathi Agaram
This temple is associated with Erikuppam Sri Saneeswarar temple

Sri Narasimhaswamy Temple at Polur

Polur is situated in the Vellore - Thiruvannamalai state highway at about 33 Kms from Thiruvannamalai
and 48 Kms from Vellore and 55 Kms from Vandavasi. Since it is also a Taluk headquarters, there is a
good availability of hotels and accomodations.
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple atop a small and steep hillock with about 840 steps is very powerful. The
temple is currently served by a single priest called Sekhar Bhattachariar who also looks after a small
Perumal temple below. He goes atop the hill at 4:30 AM and returns back by 8:30 AM. A chowkidar
remains on the hillock opening the temple for visitors who come later. The priest also visits the hill atop
temple in the evenings.

Dharmalingeswaraswamy Temple at Athuvambadi near Polur


Padavedu is a Pilgrimage centre with many ancient temples and will need at least 2 days to cover all of
them. It is situated in the Vellore- Polur route, centrally among Vellore, Polur and Arani at 20-25 km from
all these three places. All that is there in this village are beautiful ancient temples and lush green fields.

During 12-14th Centuries the Sambuvarayar chieftains ruled this area under the patronage of the
Pandyas. For a short time they became independent of Pandyas and subsequently they came under the
rule of Kempagowda. During their reign, Sambuvarayas rendered great service to art and religion. These
temples were built at various points of time, but most of the improvements and decorations appear to
have been done when the Sambuvarayar came under the sway of the Vijayanagar empire. Most of these
temples excepting the hill temples were submerged in sand due to the sandstorm and they were
discovered in 1993. The Renukambal trust (owned by TVS) maintains these temples in a clean and
beautiful fashion.

Main Temple:

      Sri Renuka Parameswari Temple

Sub Temples:

    * Sri Yoga Ramachandrasamy temple
    * Ammayappa Eswarar Temple
    * Sri Subramanya swamy Temple

Other Important Temples:

    * Sri Venugopala Swamy temple
    * Sri Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy temple
    * Sri Velmurugan Temple
    * Sri Uma maheswarar Temple
    * Sri Kailasa Vinayagar Temple
    * Sri Veera Anjaneyar Temple
    * Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple

The official website of the Padavedu temples is here.

Sri Renuka Parameswari Temple

Padavedu is one of the most important „Sakthi Sthalas‟ in Thondainadu. Goddess Renugambal is
self-manifested in this place and offering her blessings along with Brahma, Vishnu and Lord Siva. In this
place a number of sages performed penance and attained salvation. The existence of Banalingam and
Nanakarshna Chakra consecrated by Adi Sankarar is the specialty of this place. This is the most popular
temple of Padavedu and is usually crowded on holidays.
Legend: Padavedu is the place where Sage Jamadagni, an incarnation of Lord Shiva, lived with his wife
Renuka, an Incarnation of Parvathi and son Parasurama, the avatar of Vishnu. Sage Jamadagni and
Sage Vishwamitra grew together. The Sage used to perform Yagna daily to which mother Renuka used to
bring water in a pot just made that day. One day the Mother saw a Gandharva flying and lost her mind on
that due to the maya or the play of the great Shakti. She was late for the yagna and felt ashamed. The
Sage, knowing this, asked his sons to chop off mother‟s head but none came forward. Only Parasurama,
to abide his father, came forward and did it and also cut his hand. Nearby Dobis (Cloth washers) came to
rescue the mother but Parasurama killed all of them. The sage was pleased and asked Parasurama‟s
wish and he rightly wanted his mother back. Sage agreed and asked Parasurama to join the head and the
body and sprinkle holy water over them. Parasurama did so and his mother came to life and also the
dobis who died in the fight. But, alas, his mother‟s head was attached to a dobi woman‟s body and vice
versa while doing it in an anxiety. But then Universal mother might have wanted this way only and She
then made that dobi woman, her close maiden. She is also worshipped here.
All these happened in Padavedu. There is a river nearby where dobis washed the clothes. The Holy ash
given in the temple is the one from the sage Jamadagni‟s yaga gonda which still exists

Sri Yoga Ramachandraswamy temple

This temple, constructed before 12th Century AD, is located 1 KM west of Arulmigu Renugambal Temple.
This was also buried in sand and was dug out recently. In this temple Lord Rama is uniquely seated in
Artha Padmasana with a “Yoga Mudra” with Goddess Sita and Lord Lakshman by his side. Unusually
Lord Hanuman is seated in front of Lord Rama reading a Palm leaf manuscript.
Legend: After the destruction of Ravana, Lord Rama was requested to destroy the demon, hundred
headed Mahi Ravana. On behalf of Lord Rama, Hanuman fought with Mahi Ravana. The intense battle
witnessed the fall of his(Hanuman) soldiers at the hands of the demon. In spite of his best efforts,
Hanuman could not locate Mahi Ravana. At that time, Sita Devi informed Hanuman that Mahi Ravana
was a staunch devotee of Goddess Renuka Devi and his life force was hidden in a lotus flower of a Pond
at Kundalipuram and he had been protected by Goddess Renuka Devi. When Hanuman went to
Kundalipuram, Goddess Renuka Devi made the lotus Pond to disappear to safeguard Mahi Ravana.
Hanuman got angry and fought with Goddess Renuka Devi but Lord Rama intervened and pacified both.
Then Lord Rama and Hanuman prayed Goddess Renuka devi to help them in destroying Mahi Ravana.
Pleased by the prayers Goddess Renuka Devi granted the boon and Mahi Ravana was destroyed. Later
Rama too took abode in Kundalipuram along with Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman at the place where the
present temple is located.

Ammayappa Eswarar Temple

It is located 1 KM west of Sri Renugambal Temple. This temple is the oldest of the lot and looks very
simple. The amman in this temple is Aparnambikai and the deity is around 5.5 feet. Right in front of the
Amman statue, there is a pit from where they discovered the idols and ornaments. This is a 12th century
temple and due to sand storms this temple was almost destroyed. However it is in good shape now.

Sri Subramanya swamy Temple at Kundalipuram

Sri Subramania Swamy Temple is located on a hill top, on the southern side of Sri Renugambal Temple.
The panoramic view of this temple seen from Renugambal Temple is awe inspiring. Three hundred well
laid stone steps make the journey to this hill top temple less tedious. The finely sculpted idol of Moolavar
Lord Subramania with his consorts Goddesses Valli and Deivanai standing on a peacock is quite
impressive. Unlike in other places where Lord Subramania is seen seated on his peacock, here the Lord
is standing on his peacock. The peacock is also seen not spreading its feathers. It carries a snake in its
beaks. This idol is unique and the Lord is known for his boon granting.
Legend has it that Lord Subramania was conferred the title “Deva Senapathi” (Commander of Devas)
only on this hill top at the request of Goddess Renukambal.

More details of the temple here and Vikatan Publication‟s „Nimmadhi Tharum Sannidhi‟ Part 1 book

Sri Venugopala Swamy temple

The temple is open only on Saturdays 9 AM to 3 PM. The temple for Lord Venu Gopala Swamy is located
on top of the Raja Kambeera Mountain popularly known as Kottaimalai. This is 3 KM away from Sri
Renugambal temple on the western side. The height of the mountain top is 2500 feet.

The only route available to this temple is a ghat road running through thick and beautiful forest. A breath
taking journey to this temple can be performed sitting on a huge Tractor specially built to take the pilgrims
and the materials to the temple. However the tractor takes us only to the foot of the hill. Rest of the
journey is to be covered by walk. En route we have to pass through few wooden bridges constructed
around the hill. It is an engineering marvel. All our pains vanish once we reach the sanctum where
beautiful flute playing Lord VenuGopala Swamy is in a standing posture along with his consorts Rukmini
and Satyabhama. The idols of this temple are known for their artistic beauty.

Sri Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy temple

This temple is located on the southern side of Sri Ramachandraswamy temple and also on the hill top
which is situated on the other side of Kamandala river. The significance of the idol in this temple is that
goddess Lakshmi is seated on the right side of Lord Lakshmi Narasimhar. (Normally Goddess Lakshmi
used to sit at the left side of the Lord.). Poojas are performed three times a day. The view from the hilltop
is breathtaking. The Abishekam for Narasimhar is being done on Sundays.

Sri Velmurugan Temple

This temple is located on the way from Ramar temple to Lakshmi Narasimhar temple on a hill top at the
southern tanks of Kamandala river which is running on the southern side of Sri Ramachandra Swamy
temple. The hill is known as Natchathra Kundru (Star Hill). No idols are found in this temple. A Vel
(lance of Lord Muruga) is consecrated and Poojas are performed daily. Legend has it that Bhogar (One of
the eighteen Siddhars, who created the medicinal Palani Murugan idol out of nine herbal poisons) came
to this place and consecrated the lance.

Sri Uma Maheswarar Temple at Kailasaparai

This temple is located on a small hill called Kailasaparai on the northern border of Padaiveedu.
Presently the temple is in a dilapidated state and is being renovated. The significance of this temple is
that the Lord Shiva has a form and not lingam. He is seen along with Paravthi devi and the deities are big
and beautiful.

A nice travelogue is available here.

Sri Kailasa Vinayagar Temple

This temple is located on the northern side of Sri Renugambal temple with a distance of 2 KM. The
Ganesha is around 5.5 feet tall and looks very majestic.

Sri Veera Anjaneyar Temple

This is on the way to Ramar temple from Renugambal temple. It is close to a Draupadhi Mandapam.
There is a 7 to 7.5 ft tall Anjaneyar inside. This priest does the pooja for Varadaraja perumal temple too.
So if you want to visit Varadaraja Perumal temple, you better visit here first and ask the priest to take you
Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple

This is situated in an extremely nice ambience right in the middle of paddy and banana fields at the
backdrop of mountains. The walk through the paddy field and banana trees is an interesting experience
too with water trickling down on you. A good place to meditate forgetting everything.

Wallajapet - Thiruvalam - Melpadi - Chithoor

Shiva temple at Kanchanagiri

Kanchanagiri is famous for the small Shiva temple on a plateau surrounded by hills. One can see many
suyambu lingams. It is believed that they are the Siddhars who lived there for thousands of years.

Location: It is about 7 kms from Ranipet en route Ponnai. After crossing a village called Agravaram you
will reach a place called Lalapet. Kanchanagiri hill will be visible from Lalapet itself.

Sri Vilvanathar temple Thiruvalam

Significance: One of the 275 sacred temples glorified by the Thevara hymns; Vinayakar is said to have
obtained the celestial mango from Shiva here; referred to as a Mukthistalam; the Ambal shrine is said to
be of great significance here.
Location: While traveling from Chennai, Tiruvalam is on the Chennai-Chithoor NH4 highway. From
Walajapet take the NH4 towards Chithor and Thiruvalam is around 25 km from there.
Thiruvalam is around 25 km from Vellore and while traveling from Vellore, go to Katpadi, and take the
road (towards east) to Thiruvalam at Katpadi bus stand. Proceed till you meet the Chennai-Chithor NH4
highway and Thiruvalam is right at this junction.


    * Vinayakar is said to have obtained the celestial mango from Shiva here after the circumambulation
of Shiva and Parvathi devi. That‟s why the place is called Thiruvalam (valam meaning going around
    * The Nandhi here is huge and is facing away from the shrine towards Kanjangiri nearby and is said
to be guarding the temple from a demon Kanjan of Kanjangiri.
    * Here, Lord Siva destroyed the yagna by Dakshan.
    * Tamil poet Avvaiyar is said to be associated with this shrine.

Temple: This temple is on the Western Bank of the Pennar river, the water of which was once known for
its healing powers. The river is also called niva, shiva said “nii vaa” and the river sprang forth. This is a
very huge and beautiful temple, built by the Pallavas and Cholas. There are quite a few references of
Rajendra Chola in the stone inscriptions. Although the presiding deity faces the East, the temple entrance
faces the South. Inscriptions reveal that this was a grand pilgrimage center in the past with facilities for
pilgrims travelling between Southern Tamilnadu and Benares (Kasi). A fine image of Perumal also adorns
the temple. There are idols for the 27 birth stars on the vimaanam of the sanctum sanctorum. Almost all
the pillars are very nicely decorated with some sculptures. The legend of Nandhi protecting the village
from demon Kanjan is depicted in a sculpture. There is a „100 pillars Natarajar Mandapam‟ here which is
extremely quiet. In the left side outer praharam, there is a underground passage and no one knows where
it leads to! The temple has highlighted all the inscriptions with white and yellow paint and made it easy to

The Tamil Podcast on the temple is available here

Sri Somnatheshwarar Temple at Melpadi

Melpadi is a small village on the Tiruvalam - Ponnai road on the way to Vallimalai at around 12 km from
Tiruvalam to the north of Tiruvalam. It is close to the shore of the Pennar river and was the border
between Chola and Rashtrakuta kingdoms. The temple is being maintained by Archeological Society of
India. It seems Arinjaya Chola, great grand father of Rajaraja chola was visiting this place after the war at
Thakkolam. He died while he was resting here. So his son built this temple and also a samadhi for his

A travelogue is available here

Sri Choleswara temple at Arur (near Melpadi)

This tomb shrine was built over the mortal remains of Chola Arinjaya (AD 956-967) by his grandson Chola
Raja Raja I in the year AD 1014 at Arrur near Melpadi. This temple is also being maintained by
Archeological Society of India.

Sri Ranganathar Temple at Erukampattu

This temple, being maintained by Archeological Society of India, is close to Melpadi and Vallimalai. The
temple is on a lake bund and Sri Ranganathar here is in Sayana posture. The temple is a 9th century

Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple at Vallimalai

This beautiful hill is located at 16 km north of the Thruvalam en route Ponnai. The Subramanya temple
and Jain Sculpture in the rocks here are being maintained by Archeological Society of India. Valli Malai is
considered the birth place of Valli, one of the two consorts of Lord Muruga. The stunning beauty of Valli
Malai with its pools, fresh greenery, caves and unusual rock formations stands as mute testimony to the
continuing presence of the ever-youthful Goddess Herself. There is a natural rock formation like an
elephant called Ganesh Giri where Lord Ganesa has helped in the Valli Tirumanam. People cannot stop
making a trip to Vallimalai if they happen to see it in photos.

Vallimalai had been one of the important Jaina centers during the early medieval period. According to
Kannada inscriptions, the natural cavern was converted into Jaina adobe by prince Rajamalla of Western
Ganga dynasty in the 10th century.

More details are available here and also here

Navagraha temple (or Navagragraha Kottai?) at Ponnai

Sri Mouna Guruswamy Ashram at Thangal

Srilasri Mouna Guruswamy and Guriji Sundararam Swamigal Ashram is at Thangal.

More details are available here

Vellore - Ambur - Vaniyambadi

Sri Margapandeswarar Temple at Virinchipuram

This temple is at 15 km from Vellore. This sacred Shiva temple is also known as „Bhaskara Kshetram‟
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
Klothunga Chola. There are 5 praharams in the temple and the prahara walls are huge and beautiful (the
saying „Virinchipuram madhil azhahu‟ is popular). There is a lion faced sculpture in the left side of the
shrine. There is a well with foot steps inside and is known as the „Simha Theertham‟.

A travelogue is available here
Uthira Ranganathar temple at Pallikonda

Location: The temple is 23 km from Vellore, 1km inside from Pallikonda main road towards Gudiyatham.
Significance: It is considered that if you stay for 3 nights at Kanchi, you get salvation but here if you stay
just one night, you get salvation.
Legend: Indhran‟s Brahma harthi dhosham got cleared here.
When there was a fight between Saraswathi and Lakshmi on who is bigger, Brahma declared Lakshmi is
bigger. So Saraswathi deserted Brahma. When Brahma conducted an yagna, Saraswathi refused to join
him. So Brahma married another lady called Savithri and conducted the Yagna. Saraswathi‟s anger grew
more and she tried to disturb the yagna with the help of demons by creating a flood in the Palar. Then he
prayed to Lord Narayan and He just lied across the Palar river in 3 places to stop the flood. The places
are Pallikondan (called Vadavarangam), Thiruparkadal and Yadhothkari at Kanchipuram.
Temple: Temple is inside a fort like structure. People getting married at this temple will get all the 16 types
of wealth.

A travelogue is available here

Shiva temple at Mahadevamalai, Kankuppam

About 13 km to the east of Gudiyatham and to the north of Virinchipuram, here is a beautiful hilltop temple
for Lord Shiva.

Murugan Temple at Kailasagiri

This scenic hill temple for Lord Muruga is about 10 km north of Ambur and 15 km south of Pernampet at a
place called Kailasagiri. Also, the place has ruins of a Mughal fort. Water streams surround the temple

A nice travelogue is available here

Sri Bindhu Madhava Perumal temple at Thuthipattu

This temple is on the way to the Gadambur Temple at Kailasagiri

Sri Anjaneyar Temple at Ambur

Location: This temple is located in the midst of Ambur town.
Significance: Sri Anjaneyar is found in a posture of stamping his leg on Sani bhagavan.
Legend: During the time of Sri Rama - Ravana war, Hanuman flew to get the Sanjeevini herbal to save
Lakshman. All the nine Navagrahas were under the control of Ravana and were present as the nine foot
steps in the Ravana‟s palace, So, Ravana, sent Sani bhagavan to catch hold of Hanuman to stop bringing
the Sanjeevini herbal. Hanuman, while bringing the whole Sanjeevini mountain, was stopped by Sani
bhagavan and said that he was sent by Ravana to stop him. Hanuman got angry and chanting the Rama
Nama, put the entire mountain on Sani bhagavan‟s head. Unable to bear the pain, Sani bhagavan cried
and Hanuman took off the mountain and stamped Sani bhagvan with one of his legs. Finally, Sani
bhagvan apologized and pleaded to set him free. Hanuman ordered that he should not clutch any of his
devotees who chant the great Sri Rama Nama and not even his sight should fall on them. Sani bhagvan
agreed and finally got freed up.
Temple: The Hanuman deity is huge, about 11 feet high with Sani bhagavan being stamped under his
Worship Benefits: Devotees who are much affected by Sani bhagavan can visit this temple to minimize
the effect. Marriage prayers are answered.
Sthala viruksham: Nelli
All the Saturdays are special days to visit this temple.
Note: And about 5 km from this temple, there is a small village named „Aanai madugu‟, where the
footprint of Sri Anjaneyar‟s right leg is found. Every year, during Pongal, great utsavam is done and the
utsavar of the Ambur temple visit here and great alankara utsavam is performed.

Gangai amman temple at Gudiyatham

This is a very popular temple at Gudiyatham.

Arani - Arcot

Arani is a religious centre with several temples for Sri Kesava Perumal, Sri Rama, Sri Anjaneya, Sri
Kailasanathar and more, as also in the surrounding villages. There are many Jain temples as well. Arani
is a Junction for several road routes and is an ideal place to stay for covering these areas.

Perumal Temple at Thamaraipakkam

Kasi Viswanathar temple at Mosur

Murugan temple near Thimiri

Spatiga linga temple at Thimiri.

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