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Important Tourist Places

1. Kanchipuram :

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Kanchipuram is situated 40 kms north from Cheyyar. Many famous temples namely Meenakshi Amman temple, Sri Egabaranathar Temple, Varatharaja Perumal Koil, Komara Kottam , Kanchi Kama Kotti madam and etc., available in Kanchipuram.

2. Sri Patcheeshwarar temple :

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  • Location: Cheyyar near Kanchipuram .
  • Shiva: Vedanatheswarar
  • Ambal: Ilamulaiyamman, Balakuchambika
  • Vriksham: Panaimaram
  • Theertham: Kalyanakotitheertham
  • Patikam : Sambandar
  • Travel Base:Kanchipuram

This temple located in the heart of the town cheyyar. It is a famous ancient temple constructed during Pallava's rule Vedapureeswarar temple is a sacred place on the northern banks of the Cheyyar River in the Tiruvannamalai District near Kanchipuram in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India.

This sacred place is now known as Cheyyar but was previously called Thiruvothur. This is one of the important towns in Thiruvanamalai district. It includes a sub-collector office, taluk office, two courts and a special prison.


History

The temple is devoted to Lord Vedapuresswarar who came here and imparted his spiritual knowledge regarding the Vedas. According to legend, it is in this sacred place that Saint Thirugnanasambanthar used his holy miraculous powers and transformed a male palm tree into a female palm tree. Arunagirinathar, a devotee of Lord Muruga worshipped the Lord in this temple.

Unique Features

This temple has a few unique distinctions. The Nandi, which usually faces the Shiva Lingam, is facing the opposite direction. One can also worship all the Pancha Bootha (lingams) in this temple.

Festivals

The devotees of the temple and the natives of the town celebrate a festival every year with street processions which spans 10 days, called Brahmmotsavam. Of these 10 days, the 6th, 7th and 10th day of the festival are celebrated in a grand manner. The 6th day function is celebrated on a grand scale every year by the Brahmin Community Trust. At the request of the Vedapureeswara temple authorities, the devotees formed the Brahmin Community Trust in order to celebrate the 6th day function. Devotees across the world patronize the trust for the 6th day function.

3. Sri Adhi parasakthi Temple (Mel Maruvathur)

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Arulmigu Adhiparasakthi Siddhar Peetam is situated at Melmaruvathur, 92km from Chennai (Formerly known as Madras) in the southern state of Tamilnadu, India. This is the place where 21 Siddhars (saints) men as well as women from different religion, had their Jeeva-Samadhis (meaning, where the Siddhars left their human forms behind, while they are still alive as holy spirits).Here in Melmaruvathur AdhiParasakthi Siddhar Peetam, the Divine Mother AdhiParasakthi transmigrates into Arulthiru Bangaru Adigalar thereby promoting spirituality and devotion.

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Where the current temple's sanctum sanctorum stands today, there was only a neem tree in 1960's. Unlike every other neem tree, which bear bitter tasting fruit, this tree secreted and dripped a sweet nectar. Residents of that village found that they had a urge in their mind to taste this nectar whenever they passed by this tree.

Since many passers reported of curing their illness and diseases after tasting this nectar, the word spread swiftly to entire village and its neighborhood. So it became a customary for these villagers to take a drop of this nectar to ailing friends and relatives. They treated this as a medicinal tree and protected it from grazing cattle and wood cutters.

In 1966, a severe storm uprooted this neem tree, which exposed the Swayambu underneath to the villagers for the first time. Swayambu means "A self emerging, naturally formed oval shaped object (carved of rock)". People built a small hut on top of this Swayambu and conducted poojas (prayer rituals) to it.

This place is known as Siddhar Peetam ("Siddhar" in Tamil language means enlightened or evolved souls. "Peetam" means throne. Thus Siddhar Peetam means The Throne of Evolved Souls or Great Spiritual Masters/Gurus) where 21 Siddhars are laid in Jeeva Samaadhi.

Swayambu alone was worshipped for many years. The idol of Mother AdhiParaSakthi was installed later in the sanctum sanctorum on November 25 1977. The idol of beautiful Mother is three feet tall, seated on thousand-petal lotus seat, with Her right leg folded and the left leg resting on the lotus petals. The thousand petal lotus has significance in meditation. In this idol form, She holds the bud of a lotus in Her right hand, the mudhra (sign) of knowledge in Her left hand and with Her hair plait and knotted upwards like a crown.