Saturday, July 18, 2015

Chelliamman temple of Thottapalayam, Vellore

Chelliamman temple  of  Thottapalayam, Vellore

Compiled by
P.R.RAmachander

     This Temple is situated adjacent to the new city  bus stand  of the  Vellore visited by thousands of devotees  daily. She is considered to be another form of CHamundeswari , one of the Saptha Mathrukas(Seven mothers viz  Brahmi, Vaishnaviu, Maheswari,  Kaumari, Chamundi, Varahi , Narasimhi  ). Inside the sanctum the idols of all the Saptha Mathrukas  are  also seated but Goddess Chelli Amman who is Chamundi is prominently shown. There is a very interesting    story  of this temple.
    It seems Bommi and Dhimmi  were two brothers  hailing from Karnataka deserted their original home  due to the ill treatment of their step brothers and reached   the Banks of Palaru  in Vellore. At that time this part of Tamil Nadu was ruled by Chozhas and they  permitted the brothers to stay in Vellore. Seeing the Saptha Matha idols they started worshipping the idol of CHamundi who was their Kula Deivam (clan god.) Once when dacoits attacked that village and  these brothers  drove them out due to the power given to them by Chamundi. The other villagers   who only then realized the power of the Goddess started  worshipping Chamundi but in Tamil called   her Chelli Amman.
    Her devotees have great belief in the powers of the Goddess  and any good thing in their homes is only initiated   after  getting the permission of the Goddess . They offer  statues of horses and tie cradles  on the banyan tree  of the temple .The very large number of these statues and cradles go to prove  the popularity of the Goddess  .The temple is open from 6 Am to 8 PM. It  is about 4-5 km from V the Katpadi Railway station.


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  3. thanks to give the great history of chelliamman koil and our taught alleged rush to go to the temple to get the blessing from goddess.

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  4. thanks to give the great history of chelliamman koil and our taught alleged rush to go to the temple to get the blessing from goddess.

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