Vellore – The Abode of Shiva in Water

Shiva means welfare or kalyanam. Lord Shiva is known by a number of names, according to various bounties bestowed by Him on the human beings. As the giver of welfare He is known as Kalayanasundram. He has five faces, two on the left as Vamadeva and Kalagni; two on the right a Dakshineswara and Ishana. The face at the centre is known as Kalyanasundaram, the Supreme Controller. Shiva drank the poison that came out during the churning of ocean by demons and gods, and his throat became blue, thus known as Nilakentheshwara.

Shiva is also known as Dakhnishwara because he showers ‘dakshina’ or compassion on all living beings. Shiva dwells in the supreme abode of divine illumination. He is known as Trikaladrshi,; who sees all the three aspects of time. Having a third eye of wisdom, He is slaos known as Trinetri. As the lord of three worlds, He is known as Trilokinath. Besides Sadashiva, He is also known as Shambhu or Swayambhu. Devotees visit Vellore, in Tamilnadu to the Jalakanteswarar Temple which denotes Shiva residing in water. The massive wooden gates, bosses of mighty lotus flowers and sculptures keep the visitors astounded.

Vellore becomes an important destination for pilgrimage because of the Murugan Temple that is located on the top of Ratanagiri Hills, about 13 km away from Vellore. It is believed that the sanctity of the pilgrimage is furthered if the devotee reaches the shrines of the deity after undergoing arduous journey. The temple of Lord Muruga can be reached by climbing 130 steps up a hillock near a small village Padavedu.

Yedairi Hill is tha pristine hill station locates in Vellore and is clustered with cottages and farm houses. It is a part of Jayyad Hills of the Eastern Ghats. The tribal populace living in fourteen village surrounding the hills are very hospitable. Tourists can obtain ayurvedic and herbal medicines from the local market and spend pleasurable time in the children’s park and the zoo. The place is thronged by devotees during July-August for participating in the Murugan Festival.

Palamathi Hill, 14 km from Vellore is renowned for its recently constructed Murugan temple, 1800 ft above the sea level. Adventure lovers have facilities for trekking and boat racing. A natural swimming pool provides amusement to tourists.

Vellore has national and international recognition for its Christian Medical College, the pioneer in medical research and health care. Students and patients from various parts of the world come to Vellore for getting the best medical education and treatment respectively.

Vellore can be reached by train or bus by travelling 140 km from Chennai or 210 km from Bangalore and reaching to any of the two railway stations namely Katpadi Junction or Vellore Cantonment.

Other places of tourist interest in Vellore are Amrithi Forest, Muthumandapam, Moorthana Dam, Palar Anaicut Dam, Kavaloor Observatory, Delhi Gate, Vellore Fort, Vijayanagar Temple, St John’s Church, Mosque, Queen Marry Clock Tower and State Government Museum.

Besides for the best medical attention, visit to Vellore encompasses every aspect of tourism, such as nature, history, adventure, mythology, religion and comfort and pleasure of sojourning.

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