Basic information about the temple
|Moolavar:||Vedagiriswarar||Ambal / Thayar:||Vedanayaki|
|Timing:||to & to||Parikaram:|
|Sung by:||Temple set:|
|City / town:||Elleri||District:||Cuddalore|
|Maps from (click):||Current location||Mayiladuthurai (30 km)||Kumbakonam (54 km)|
|Cuddalore (66 km)||Ariyalur (71 km)|
Sthala puranam and temple information
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Elleri is located near Kattumannarkoil, in Cuddalore district, close to the banks of the Veeranam Lake.
According to our information, this used to be a very large temple earlier. However, due to encroachments, much of the temple’s area was lost, and today, the temple occupies a fraction of the area it used to possess. The temple we see today is no more than 30 feet in width, and about 150 feet in depth, and is located between two houses.
Though the temple is east-facing, the entrance is to the west – again, this is due to encroachments on the eastern side, by various locals and those from other denominations.
Vedanayaki Amman has a separate south-facing shrine. The murti of Amman here is newly installed – apparently there used to be a large murti of Amman earlier, but it has gone missing.
There is a Vinayakar murti outside the Amman shrine. In the koshtam, there are Dakshinamurti, Lingodhbhavar, Brahma and Durga – each of them, and Dakshinamurti in particular, is extremely well crafted.
In the prakaram, there are shrines for Vinayakar, Murugan and Mahalakshmi, as well as the usual place for Chandikeswarar. There are also smaller shrines for Kasi Viswanathar, Gajalakshmi, Navagraham, Bhairavar, Suryan and Chandran.
There is no separate mandapam in front of the moolavar. Instead, a tin roof shed serves as the mandapam. There is no gopuram, but instead there is a stucco arch depicting Siva and Parvati on their Rishabha Vahanam, along with Vinayakar and Murugan.
As is the case with several village temples, there was nobody around to tell us about the history or the age of the temple, which clearly appeared to have been recently renovated.
What was heartening to see, was that despite this entire region being a Hindu minority region, there were still a few locals who were worshipping at this temple when we visited.