Friday, July 27, 2018

Azhagiya Ramar Temple, Kaveripakkam – History

Azhagiya Ramar Temple, Kaveripakkam – History
Kaveripakkam is well known for its lake which is the biggest in this district. It was built by King Nandivarman III of Pallava dynasty (8th Century AD). The length of the bund is 8.35 Kms. This place was called 'Kavithapakkam' during the reign of the Pallavas. Recent excavations have unearthed 16th century artifacts such as pottery materials and burnt clay products. These artifacts are now displayed at Government Museum in Vellore.
The war between Raza sahib and Robert Clive was held at this place. This is a well-known war between British East India Company and Arcot Nawab. Raza sahib lead 7000 soldiers as a chief commander of Arcot Nawab's army. British forces were led by Robert Clive with 500 soldiers. But with new techniques and new weapons Robert Clive defeated Raza Sahib.
Elders used to tell stories of naming of some villages around Kaveripakkam. After winning a war a king's body was cut into pieces and thrown at different places around the town. The place where liver was thrown was called Eirala Cheri (Eiral means liver in Tamil). The other names were Uthirampattu (Uthiram means blood), Sirugarumbur and Perugarumbur after sirukudal (small intestine) and perukudal (large intestine).
During the war periods valuable statues were buried in land near Sundara Varadharaja Perumal temple. The archaeology department found many statues near this temple. Recently a few statues were found during temple renovation. The ancient temples at Kaveripakkam were visited by Sri Ramana Maharishi and Sri Seshadhri Swamigal for many days.