Valmikeswarar Temple, Melvisharam, Vellore
Valmikeswarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Melvisharam in Vellore District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Valmikeswarar and Mother is called as Vadivudaiammai. The Temple is located on the bypass road of Vellore to Arcot. The temple is located on the southern bank of River Palaru.
Shada Aranya Kshetrams:
Once, Goddess Parvathy penanced at Kanchipuram (Prithvi Sthalam) which is one of the Pancha Boodha Sthalam. Lord was pleased with her penance and married her. Rishi’s and Devas from heaven came down to Kanchi, to participate in the heavenly marriage of Lord Siva and Kamakshi Ammai. The place was so crowded; Rishi’s who came to participate in the marriage stayed in the forest near to Kanchipuram. They had to perform their daily rituals unobstructed. Each one of them chose a place in the forest to worship Lord Siva. All six places where they worshiped are known as Shada Aranyam. Since Six Rishi’s worshiped Swayambu Lingam in these six places it is considered holy to visit and worship Lord Siva here. The temples in these places were big in size with Rajagopurams once. Valmiki Muni installed a Siva Lingam here and worshiped him in standing posture. We see a statue of Valmiki Muni in standing posture in the temple.
Visha Vruksha Vanam:
This place in the forest was full of Etti Maram, so the place came to be known as Visha Vruksha Vanam, and in later days the place is known as Vishram.
The Temple is a small and old temple almost invisible from the main road. It is believed that this was a big temple once upon a time. Main Deity is Swayambu Siva Lingam known as Valmikeswarar with his consort known as Vadivudyambikai in different sanctum. Valmikeswarar is facing east and Mother Vadivudaiammai is facing south. Valmiki Muni installed a Siva Lingam and worshiped him in standing posture. We see a statue of Valmiki Muni in standing posture in the temple.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is opened from 6.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. The devotee may get in touch with the priest in advance for convenient darshan of the Lord.
Shivarathri is celebrated in this temple with much fanfare. Besides this temple, on Shivarathri day, devotees also visit simultaneously other nearby Shiva temples at Karai, Veppur, Pudhupadi, Gudimallur, Vannivedu and Avarakkarai. To facilitate darshan to the devotees, all the temples are kept open during the whole night.
Melvisharam is located between Arcot and Vellore on the Chennai – Bangalore highway. This temple is inconspicuously located opposite the Apollo Hospitals in the main road. The Temple is located on the southern bank of River Palaru. The Temple is located at about 25 Kms from Vellore, 10 Kms from Ranipet, 15 Kms from Walajah, 27 Kms from Kaveripakkam, 29 Kms from Katpadi, 32 Kms from Sirukarumbur, 13 Kms from Arcot, 36 Kms from Sholinghur, 60 Kms from Arakkonam, 60 Kms from Thiruthani and 125 Kms from Chennai. Nearest Railway Station is located at Walajah and Nearest Airport is located at Chennai.