Friday, July 27, 2018

Kailaya Eswaramudaiya Mahadevar Temple, Kesavaram, Vellore

Kailaya Eswaramudaiya Mahadevar Temple, Kesavaram, Vellore
Kailaya Eswaramudaiya Mahadevar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Kesavaram Village near Thakkolam Town in Vellore District of Tamil Nadu. The village is situated in the border of the Vellore and Thiruvallur districts. Kesavaram is the village where the river Cooum originates. A dam was constructed in the exact site where the river Kosasthalaiyar is split into two rivers. The second river thus originates here is called as Cooum. The dam is called as Kesavaram Dam.

Kailaya Eswaramudaiya Mahadevar Temple, a structural stone temple built by Kulottunga Chola I (1070 –1122 A.D.). There is an inscription at the temple mentions this temple as Dakshina Kalahasthi, equivalent to Kasi and Gaya. 

The inscription Kulottunga Chola I records the gift of Uriyur village as land endowment to Kailaya Eswaramudaiya Mahadevar. The Ezhulagamudaiyaal the queen of Kulothunga Chola I made grants for the construction of Kailaya Eswaramudaiya Mahadevar temple.

Kosasthalaiyar & Coovum Rivers
The 136-km long Kosasthalaiyar River, also known as Kortalaiyar River, originates near Kaveripakkam in Vellore District.  At Kesavaram dam, the river splits into two i.e., Kosasthalaiyar and Cooum rivers. Cooum river receives the surplus water from Cooum tank, in Cooum village. An island was formed by the confluence of two rivers - Kosasthalaiyar and Kallaru by encircling and forming the village Kesavaram. Kosasthalaiyar, believed as Moksha Nadhi, flows from south to north (Uttaravauhini) and continue to flow towards Poondi reservoir.

From Poondi reservoir, Kosasthalaiyar flows through Thiruvallur district, passes through the Chennai metropolitan area, and enters into Bay of Bengal at Ennore creek. At Kesavaram the river bed is dry and surrounded by palm trees. No proper road to reach the temple and you have to walk on the dam bund and even traverse through paddy fields to reach the temple.

The Temple
For brief details, please refer below link;
Kailaya Eswaramudaiya Mahadevar Temple,
Kesavaram, Vellore District – 631 152
Mobile: +91 81222 74612
The Temple is located at about 4 Kms from Thakkolam Bus Stand, 5 Kms from Thakkolam, 7 Kms from Kesavaram Dam, 12 Kms from Koovam, 18 Kms from Manavur Railway Station, 18 Kms from Arakkonam, 28 Kms from Sriperumbudur, 82 Kms from Vellore, 62 Kms from Chennai Airport and 63 Kms from Chennai. The Temple is situated at around 1 Km from Kesavaram Dam, by walking through the paddy fields. There is no proper road or pathway to reach this destination.