jamadagni mahaa kshetre kamaNDalu nadiitaTe
velluuraaKye tathaaKyaate graame sarva sushobhite
tripurasundariiyuktaM yaGYesvaramahaM bhaje
Panchabhoota Stalams: Shiva is worshipped as the embodiment of the primary elements of wind, water, fire, earth and space at Kalahasthi, Jambukeswaram, Arunachalam, Kanchipuram, and Chidambaram. Out of these five (Panchalingams) sacred aboard of Lord Siva in the form of fire is Thiruvannamalai. The Lord appears here as ‘The Sacred Light’ and every year, the Karthigai Festivel is celebrated at the Hills by lighting the Deepam atop the Hill. It is referred in the one of the ‘Ettuthogai’ namely ‘Aganaanooru’ by the Old Saint Auvaiyar.
From out of this famous and sacred place, King Sambuvarayan ruled what is in tamil called ‘Kurunilam’. Today the district is known as Sambuvarayan District. From this Thiruvannamalai, the road leads to Vellore passing through many a sacred and historical place littered with temples, monuments and glories. Also the Javvadu Ranges of Hills runs right across this place. The forest on this range is famous for sandlewood and other invaluable herbs etc. In the midst of Sacred Padaiveedu, Sandavasal, Kannamangalam, Kaniampadi etc., lies the beautiful village of Velliyur, now known as Vellur.
Location Map of Vellur Vilalge Road leading to the Village
Agraharam Street A village backdrop
The village, on its west has the mountain ranges, on the north runs the Kamandalanadhi River flowing from the mountain ranges, enriching the of Vellur. The village has a lush green growth round the year thanks to the copious flow of water. As you enter the village, you will find the temple of Draupadi Amman. As you enter the Agraharam Street, the temple for Lord Vishnu is on the west end and Lord Eshwarar temple on the east end of the street. Annually Festivals like Panguni Utthiram, Firewalk in Draupadi Amman Koil, Vaikunta Ekaadasi are celebrated with fervour and devotion
A stroll in the Fields Sugarcane Fields
Banana Plantation and rice fields Coconut Trees and rice fields
The village, on its west has the mountain ranges, on the north runs the Kamandalanadhi River flowing from the mountain ranges, enriching the of Vellur. The village has a lush green growth round the year thanks to the copious flow of water. There is a small water falls (5 to 6 feet) in the riverside known as Kondum. On the river bank lies the temple for Ponni Amman, which is believed to guard the village.
River Kamandala (Naga) Nadi Temple in the River Bank
Kanchi MahaPeriaval, His Holiness Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi MahaSwami recalled his visit to this Village in 1929-1930 while addressing family members of Raos at Mahagauv several decades later in the year 1975. His Holiness gave a detailed description of his visit amidst grand welcome given in his honour by Late V.N. Kuppu Rao, who termed the visit as ‘Vellur Vijaya Yathra’. Welcome with Elephant, Horses, Fireworks etc were extensively utilised in this Yathra by the Village folks. These descriptions show to prove how prosperous was the Village even in those times. The renovation of Village Temples under the guidance of the present Kanchi Matam Peetathipathis were carried out successfully in the year 2007-2008. The village is fortunate being blessed by the visits of His Holiness Sri Sri Jayendrasaraswathi Swamigal in April 2008 and His Holiness Sri Sri Vijayendrasaraswathi Swamigal in July 2010.
Vandhe Guru Parampara
One of the Tamil Greats, Professor Ra.Pi. Sethupillai, in his book named ‘Tamilagam Oorum Perum’ in page 77 describes the connections of this village with the History.
In the then North Arcot District, about 8 miles towards west from Arni lies Padai Veedu Nagaram. Kurumbar Dynasty ruled from this place as their Head Quarters and stationed their army here and hence the name of the place derived from this. It covered an area of about 16 miles radius Fort having Padai Veedu at the centre. Chola Kings won over this small kingdom and at that time Padai Veedu was completely destroyed. Due to this, presently there is no old monuments are seen in this place other than the Temple of Sri Renukadevi Amman. It is also believed that due to ‘Sand Storm’ the place got fully covered with dust. In page 169, Sewell’s Antiquities describes Padai Veedu situated at 18 miles south of Vellore City as a deserted and ruined city of great size. It was 16 miles in circumference and full of temples, choultries (Hindu caravansary) and fine private residences. The Inscription of Madras Presidency, in pages 72-76, mentions ‘Manmari’. The Village Velliyur, now called Vellur, forms part of Padai Veedu.
(Acknowledgement - Contribution of the above information from wife of Late V.N. Lakshminarayana Rao, Smt. K.R.Saraswati, M.A., M.Ed., Retd. Teacher, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai)