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VELLORE FORT

 

The Fort was at one point of time the head quarters of the Vijayanagara Empire. The fort is known for its grand ramparts, wide moat and robust masonry..

The Fort was built around 1566 by Chinna Bommi Nayak and Thimma Reddy Nayak, subordinate Chieftains under Sadasiva Raya of the Vijayanagara Empire. The Vijayanagara kings called it "Raya Vellore" to differentiate it from "Uppu Vellore" in the Godavari region. The name Vellore is also spelt "Belur." The present day Chennai region and Tirupathi were under the domain of the Fort.

 

GOLDEN TEMPLE

 

The golden temple of Sripuram is a Spiritual park situated at the foot of a small range of green hills in a place known as "Malaikodi" in the city of Vellore in Tamil Nadu, India. The temple is at the southern end of the city of Vellore, at Tirumalaikodi.

The salient Feature of Sripuram is the Lakshmi Narayani temple or Mahalakshmi temple whose 'Vimanam’ and ‘Ardha Mandapam’ have been coated with gold both in the interior and exterior

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RATHANAGIRI (Murugan Temple)

 

The Ratnagiri temple is situated at Vellore in Tamil Nadu. Vellore can be reached by train or bus. The nearest air and seaport is at Chennai, 140 km from Vellore.

The Ratnagiri temple is dedicated to Lord Muruga. There are two forms of the deity in this temple - one is Lord Thirukkolam, seen with his wives Valli and Deivanai, and the other is Lord Gurukkolam. There are separate shrines dedicated to Lord Ganesh, Lord Sani and the Navagraha (deities representing the nine planets of the Solar system).

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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 Pallava King are recorded in these inscriptions. The temple was originally inside a fort as revealed by the surrounding old dilapidated walls.
 

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 Shenbagavanam, as it was full of fragrant Shenbaga trees even though no trace of the trees is to be seen now.
 
 
 

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 Sholingur 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.

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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.

 

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, but facing the opposite direction. There is an under-ground 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 A.D. based on architectural style and inscriptions of Parantaka Chola (A.D. 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).

 

Vallimalai Temple

 
Vallimalai is located near Vellore, 16 km north of the Shivastalam Tiruvallam, on the Chennai Bangalore highway. Legend has it that this is the site at which Valli was born and married Murugan. A similar legend holds at the Velimalai (Kumaran Koyil) temple near Kanyakumari. Valli is depicted in the form of a playful maiden here. The natural springs on the hill are said to be associated with Valli. This rock cut hill temple is built on top of a small hill accessed through a flight of 300 steps. Much of the temple is within a cave. The cave temple is in three levels successively increasing in elevation. There are also shrines to Vinayakar and Kasi Viswanathar here. Festivals : The annual Bhramotsavam is celebrated in the month of Maasi. Padi Utsavam is celebrated on Tamil new years day in the month of April, and the asterism of Kartikai in the month of Aadi is also celebrated here. contact : 0416-2217974.
 

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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Melpadi

 

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

 

Muthu Mandabam

 

Muthu Mandabam was inaugurated on 01.07.1990 by the then Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Mr. M. Karunanidhi. Vikrama Raja Singhan, the last Tamil ruler to rule Kandy (Sri Lanka) was originally named Kannuswamy. He belonged to the Nayak Dynasty of Madurai. The Britishers fought with him for 16 years from 1815 and Vikrama was arrested and imprisoned in the Vellore fort jail. He died in 1832. Only in 1983 his cemetery was found. In his memory the Muthu Mandabam was established here in Vellore. His samadhi was erected by his son, A. Vikrama Raja Singham on 27.07.1832.

 

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 five 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 are artistically engraved in the gopura depicting the Kandhapuranam and the six sthalams of Lord Muruga.

 

Padavedu

 

During 13th and 14th Centuries, the Sambuvarayar chieftains ruled this region under the patronage of the Pandyas. For a short time they became independent and subsequently came under the rule of Kempagowda. Padavedu was the capital of their empire and so this was a big commercial place during that time. There were two forts - Big fort and Small fort with moats (Agazhi in Tamil). Number of sages performed penance and attained salvation here. It is said that there were 1008 Shiva temples and 108 Vishnu temples here (though it is difficult to believe). Out of these except the Yoga Ramar temple and the Renugambal temple, all other floor temples have disappeared due to the natural disasters. During the 1990s, many temples have been unearthed and renovated. These 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. There are many inscriptions from Vijayanagara periods.

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Kanchipuram

 

Welcome to the city of thousand temples. Kanchipuram district is situated on the north-eastern coast of Tamil Nadu, adjacent to the Bay of Bengal and Chennai city. It is bounded in the west by Vellore and Thiruvannamalai district, in the north by Thiruvallur district and Chennai district, in the south by Villupuram district, in the east by Bay of Bengal. It lies between 11° 00' to 12° 00' North latitudes and 77° 28' to 78° 50' East longitudes. The district has a total geographical area of 4, 43,210 hectares and coastline of 57 Kms.

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Thiruvannamalai ( Arunachala Temple )

 

Thiruvannamalai , same as English pronunciation) is a pilgrimage town and municipality in Thiruvannamalai district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is the headquarters of the Thiruvannamalai district. Thiruvannamalai is home to the Annamalaiyar Temple located at the foot of the Annamalai hill and amongst one of the great Shiva Temples of Tamilnadu. Thiruvannamalai has long been associated with many yogis and siddhars,[1] and more recently the 20th century guru Ramana Maharshi. The sanskrit name for Thiruvannaamalai - Arunachala - became known worldwide mostly due to Sri Ramana. The other saint being Swami Arunagiri Nathar who wrote the Thiruppugazh and Kandaralankaram in Tamil

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Kanipakam

 

Andhra Pradesh is rich in historical monuments. It posseses many holy temples with architectural beauty, which attract large numbers of pilgrims and tourists from inside and outside the country.

In Chittoor district are two sacred places not only for Andhra Pradesh but also for India. Tirupati and Tirumala here is Lord Venkateswara, who is also worshipped as `Balaji' by the north Indians. Tirumala lies in the midst of the Seshachalam hills, which are 2,000 feet above the sea level. It has also worldwide importance as a major tourist centre.

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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 for thousands of years.
 

Kaveripakkam

 

It is well-known for its lake which is the biggest in this district. It was built by King Nandivarman III of Pallava dynasty The length of the bund is 8.35km.

 

Madrazaye Mohammadiya Masjid

 
Another important monument of attraction is that of the Mosque of Nawab Chanda Sahib. It was built in 1750 A.D. The entrance of the masjid is on the Northern side. At the top of the structure, provision is made for the speakers. On all the four sides of the structure is decorated with arch shapes. It is constructed with brick and lime.
 

Mahendravadi

 

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

 
 

 

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