Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Vellore, Tamil Nadu

Vellore, that is situated 140 kilometers from the city of Chennai, has a very vibrant past. The city that was established somewhere around 6th century has grown till date. The city has seen the rule of a series of dynasties ranging from Pallavas to British. The city has remained the seat of the Pallava, Chola, Nayak, Maratha, Arcot Nawab, Bijapur Sultanate and British Empire in the course of history. The Vijaynagar Fort that was constructed in the 13th century is an example of the formidable military technique of the Peninsular India.

The fort is the main attraction of the city. This fort was considered infallible during the Carnatic wars of 17th century. The fortified double walls of this fort were copied later in other forts of the northern India. The fort has always been the center of action in the region. It was the site of the famous Sepoy Mutiny of 1806 A.D that shook the British establishment in the south India.

The city that is situated on the confluence of Pallar and Ponnar Rivers has grown to be a bustling town of the peninsular India.

Places to See:

Government Museum

Government museum of Vellore is actually a museum cum archive. The Government of Tamilnadu maintains this museum that treasures ancient and present day curios relating to Anthropology, Geology and Numismatics. Historical monuments of the erstwhile Arcot district have been depicted through some beautiful frescos. 

Jalagandeeswarar Temple

Jalagandeeswarar Temple is situated inside the Vellore Fort only. The temple is renowned for its sculptures and speaks volumes of the exquisite craftsmanship of that period. Many consider the sculpture, in the porch on the left of the entrance, a masterpiece. The temple encloses a big wedding hall that is adorned with elegant relief and monolithic sculptures. The temple was earlier used as an arsenal. 

Muthu Mandapam

Muthu Mandapam is nothing but a rock memorial. This has been constructed around the tombstone of Vikramraja Singh who was the last Tamil ruler of Kandy, in the present Sri Lanka. The memorial is just a kilometer off the town near the banks of river Palar. 

Vellore Fort

Vellore Fort was built in the 13th century. The fort is a major attraction to the tourists. The fort was the most formidable one during the Carnatic war of 17th century and it was said that it was infallible. This historically famous fort retains the past glory and is still enact along with its ramparts, basements, turrets, posts, and gates. The outer wall of this fort is built of granite blocks where as it is fortified with another wall as well. The fort was the site for the Sepoy mutiny of 1806 that is seen by some as the prelude to the Pan-Indian one that broke out in the year 1857............

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