Kailasanadar Cheyyur

Kailasanadar, Cheyyur

Saivite Temples, Cheyyur Taluk


Kailasanadar, facing east


Sivananthavalli, facing south

Other Deities

Nandi, Lingam. Sanctum Niches are empty

Kailasanadar Cheyyur is an ancient temple which has been almost completely lost over time. The efforts by the local zamindar’s family have been stalled for lack of funds and are awaiting support to complete. The main deity has been moved from the sanctum sanctorum and kept safely in a small adjacent shed. There are about four Nandis present and all of them are beautifully carved. The sanctum sanctorum is without a roof and open on many sides.

Holy Water (Theertham) – No information

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – No information


Kailasanadar Cheyyur is an ancient temple which has been in worship as early as 1058 CE as evident from one of the many inscriptions found here. Mentions of grants for Lamps, donations of cattle and gold coins are mentioned in other inscriptions. The area around the Kailasanadar Cheyyur temple has also been used as an army camp for the Chola soldiers during campaigns. About 27 inscriptions pertaining to Kulothunga I (1114 CE), Vikrama Chola (1121 CE), Parakesari Vikrama Chola (1118-1126 CE), Kulothunga II (1137 CE), Rajaraja II (1150 CE), Rajathiraja II (1168 CE) and Kulothunga III (1204 CE) have been found here and analysed during 1902 by ASI. The place is referred in one inscription as ‘Jayamkonda Cholamandalathu Chembur Kottathu Poraiyur Naattu Jayamkonda Cholanalur enum Cheyyur’. The town was also called as Valavapuri and Thirayar Puri in old literature.


The lord is said to have created a child (Muruga, Chaei in Tamil) from the fire out of his third eye here at Kailasanadar Cheyyur. This, over time, has apparently changed to Cheyyur.


Kailasanadar Cheyyur is 5 kilometers Northwest of Odiyur in the ECR. Odiyur is 21 kilometers after crossing the Paalar River bridge while going from Chennai.

Stay and Food

None locally in any of the villages of this Taluk. A few restaurants are available only in the ECR.

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