Saivite Temples - Vellore District
Arinjigai Easwarar, facing east
Choleeswarar Melpadi was built in 11 th Century CE by Rajaraja Chola I in the memory and on the grave of King Arur Thunjiathevar (Grand Father of Rajaraja Chola) who died in a battle. 3 stone inscriptions dating back to the later part of Rajaraja Chola I’s rule are found here and according to them the deity was called Arinjikai Ishwara.
Choleeswarar Melpadi is about 17 kms from Ranipet on the Chittoor Road. A little before Ponnai a bridge across the River Bahuda cuts off on the left to reach Melpadi. Choleeswarar Melpadi is just after the bridge on the left of the road. On the right is a large temple to Lord Somanatheeswara, also in ASI control.
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