Chelliamman temple of Thottapalayam, Vellore
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.