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Vedapuriswarar Temple is a holy place on the banks of the Cheyyar River in the north District of Thiruvannamalai, near Kanchipuram in Tamilnadu District. Now this holy place is Known as Cheyyar but formerly known as Thiruvothur. This is one of the big town in District Thiruvannamalai. It comprises the office of a subcollector, the taluk office, two courts and a special gaol. It takes its name from the River Cheyyar. The temple is housed at river banks. This is the eighth Of the 32 Devara Stalams, in South India’s Thondaimandalam area.
- Moolavar:Sri Vedapureeswarar / Sri Vedanathar.
- Ambal: Sri Balakujambigai / Sri Ilamulai Nayaki.
- Theertham (Holy water): Cheyyaru river and Kalyana Kodi Thertham.
- Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree): Palm Tree.
- Location : Thiruvatoor, Cheyyar, Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu.
It has the legend that Thirugnana Sambandar, one of the four great Saivite saint visited the temple and changed a male palm tree to flower by singing verses in Tamil.
Formerly known as the Temple of Vedanadeshwarar. The Ancient name for the Cheyyar River is Seiyaru with the river meaning produced for a child to play with. There is also an ancient temple-the temple of Pattchieeswarar and another ancient temple-the Temple of Pathala Vinayagar.
Although this temple was built earlier, it is inscribed mainly from the middle and later Chola
Periods (11th-13th centuries) suggest temple expansion during Chola period. Arunagirinathar, you know, a
Lord Muruga’s devotee worshipped Tamil songs and wrote them on the Deity of this temple.