Viluppuram Places of Interest

Esalam :

Built by Rajendra Cholan I (1012 A.D.) the presiding diety is lord sri Ramanatha Eswarar. The legend found in sanskrit language and in grantha character. Written on the periphery of the seal is as follows, Rajad-rajanya Makuta sreni-ratnesu sasanam Etad Rajendra cholasya parakesari varmanah.

Ennairam :

The chola temple of Narasimma swamy koil Built by Rajaraja chola 1 (985–1014 A.D). 8,000 Samanaras lived in this village. Another temple Narasimma Perumal Koil also found here.

Gingee Fort :

Gingee is famous for its Gingee Fort, a popular tourist attraction. The Fort in Gingee was built by the Chola dynasty in 13th Century. In 1638, Gingee came under the control of Bijapur Sultanate from Vijayanagar. In 1677, it was under the control of Maratha king Shivaji. In 1690, it changed to be under Mughal, under whose rule it became the headquarters of Arcot. It changed hands to the French in 1750, and then to the British in 1762. In the 18th century, it was occupied again by the French for 11 years. During this time, many sculptural aspects of Gingee were shifted to Pondicherry by the French.

Kamalakkanni Amman Temple :

This small shrine dedicated to Kamalakkani Amman (Goddess Durga), a local deity, is found on the way to the citadel on Rajagiri Hill. It contains a sacrificial altar and well-preserved mural paintings belonging to the Nayak period.

Mayilam :

Arulmigu Subramaniya Swami Temple located on a small hillock at Mailam is a famous place of pilgrimage. It is about 32 kms from Viluppuram on the Pondicherry - Thindivanam road. The Panguni Uthiram festival held in March - April fascinates a large crowd of devotes from all over Tamil Nadu.

Mel Chittamur :

Which is 20 kms of Thindivanam and 10 kms east of Gingee. Head quarters of Digambara sect in Tamilnadu with the JINAKANCHI MATHA presided over by the Pontiff. Two temples, one dedicated to Parsvanatha and other known as 'Mailanatha temple was originally a boulder containing rock-cut images of Bahubali, Parsvanatha, Adinatha, Mahavira and Ambika yakshi carved in the 9th century AD.


Mandagapattu :

A famous Archeological Temple site is 20 kms from Viluppuram and 17 kms from Gingee. It is a 100 ft hillock, where the Mahendraverma (I) of Pallava king, (580-630) made a cave temple.

Melmalayanur Temple :

The temple of Angala Parameswari is situated here. In the inner sanctum there is a snake pit which is being worshipped. There is a crowd of devotees on every new moon day. Ph : 04145-234291, 234229.

Thirunarungondai :

It is 16 kms Northwest of Ulundurpet and 21 kms East of Thirukkoilur. Hillock at the village contains a Jaina cave and two temples dedicated to Parsvanatha and Chanraprabha. Cave served as the monastery of the monks of Virasangha in the 8th - 9th century A.D. Rich collection of bronze images found in the temple. Annual festival (Jan-Feb) celebrated on a grand scale and attended by Jains from all over Tamilnadu.melnaariyappanoor church

Melnaariyappanoor Church :

Very old famous church is situated in Chennai - Salem highway and 8 km from Chinna Salem. The church is constructed by the Kunchaan, a devotee of St. Anthoniyar.

Singavaram :

The temple of Lord Ranganatha, the tutelary god of Raja Desingh is on a hill top. It is a good specimen of south Indian type of rock - cut shrine. The idol of Lord Ranganatha, in a reclining posture, measures 24 ft, in length which together with the inner sanctorum, is carved out of a single rock.  

tiruvakaraiTiruvakarai :

In and around this village there are a number of petrified tree trunks called fossil wood. There is also an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, dating back to the Chola period. Ph : 0413-2688949.

24 Theerthangarargal :

It is 2 kms north of Gingee town. The hillock on the western side of the road has two jaina caverns and a huge boulder containing sculptures of all the 24 Theerthankaras in the 9th Century style. It is only place where all the 24 Theerthankaras are shown in a single large composition. A open rock nearby was the place where monk Chandranandi observed 57 days of fasting and died (5th-6th century A.D).


24 TheerthangarargalKOOVAHAM FESTIVAL

A village called Pillayar-kuppam near Ulundurpet taluk some 20 kms away from Viluppuram attracts the media in full strength every year. It is here the temple of Aravaani’s also known as God’s children is situated. The temple also known as Koothandavar temple wears a festive look ten days before the Full Monday of the month of Chithrai (Apirl/May). On the day of ‘Pournami’ almost all the aravaanis gather in this place also known as ‘Koovaham’ and tie their nuptial knot and the occasion is marked by song, dance and gaiety. The next day the ‘Thaali’ or ‘Mangala Suthra’ worn the previous days severed and the bangles worn are also broken to mark the widow-hood and they return home.


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