Monday, June 04, 2018
An ancient city in Tamil Nadu, Vellore holds a plentiful of charms. Situated on the banks of the Palar River, Vellore offers a combination of rich culture and scenic beauty. Having been ruled by a number of dynasties including the Pallava, Cholas, Vijayanagara Empire, Carnatic Kingdom and the British, it is a true amalgamation and a symbol of diverse cultural heritage. Vellore is home to some splendid temples that attract tourists from across the country. Here’s the list of some of the most popular temples you shouldn’t miss on your visit to Vellore.
Inaugurated in 2007, Sripuram Temple or Golden Temple has Mahalakshmi, the goddess of wealth, as its chief deity. Spread over a land of hundred acres, the temple is an architectural marvel that is built with 1,500 kg of gold. Its star-shaped path with subtle spiritual messages along the walkway is a truly mesmerizing sight. Also popularly known as the Lakshmi Narayani temple, it is 6 km away from Vellore Bus Stand.
Located on the premises of the Vellore Fort, Jalakandeswarar Temple is a temple that dedicated to Lord Shiva and will effortlessly fill your spiritual quench. The temple remained vacant for approximately 400 years during an invasion by Muslims before it re-opened its doors in 1981. Surrounded by water, the temple reflects the architectural prowess of Vijayanagara Empire with its exquisite 7-level gopuram (towers), stone pillars, beautiful carvings, and sculptures.
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple
Located at Singiri Koil, off Vellore-Polur Road, Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple is 25 km from Vellore. It is believed to have been built by Rajavarman, a local chieftain, approximately 1,000 years ago on an 80 feet high small hillock. As the name says, the temple is a dedication to Lord Lakshmi Narasimha with Goddess Lakshmi by his side. A marvelous six-feet tall idol of the deity sits here. The temple also has a dedicated sanctum for Lord Sri Anjaneya.
Ratnagiri Murugan Temple
Situated on a hilltop, Ratnagiri Murugan Temple was erected by Balamurugan Adimaigal. The ancient temple has an exclusive shrine dedicated to Lord Murugan who is worshipped here in two forms - Lord Gurukulam and Lord Thirukolam. The latter form of the deity is accompanied by his two wives, Valli and Deivanai. You will find yourself soaking in the peaceful atmosphere when you climb the hill to the temple. Besides Lord Murugan, you can offer your respects to Lord Ganesha, Lord Shani, and the Navagraha as well.
Vallimalai Subramanyar Temple
Vallimalai Subramanyar Temple drives devotees from around the world with its scenic beauty. It is a hill temple cut from a rock which is situated on the banks of River Palar and on the slopes of Javadhu Hills. You have to climb about 300 steps to reach this cave temple. Apart from Lord Murugan, you can worship Lord Vinayagar and Kasi Viswanathar at their separate shrines on the hill. You can get to the temple from Katpadi Junction Railway Station easily with about half an hour drive.
Sri Selva Vinayagar Temple
Dedicated to the shrines of Sri Selva Vinayagar and Somasundareswarar, this temple at Shenbakkam is only 2 km distant from Vellore Town Railway Station. The temple has an idol of Selva Vinayagar with a chariot wheel mark on his back. Experience true spirituality when you offer prayers to eleven divine swayambhu idols of the Vinayagaras present at this must-visit temple. All Vinayagaras are present in lingam form making an ‘Om’ formation. For better facilitation of worship, the main sanctum of the temple doesn’t have any roof.
So the next time you plan to visit the ancient city of Vellore, take out some time to visit these beautiful religious places. You can make your experience even more enthralling by staying at Fortune Park, a hotel by Fortune Hotels. It offers modern amenities and contemporary decor, enhancing the flavor of your trip.