Vasishteswarar Veppur

Vasishteswarar, Veppur

Saivite Temples - Vellore District


Vasishteswarar, facing east


Balagujalambigai, facing east

Other Deities

Sanctum Niches – Ganesha, Dakshinamurthy, Lingothbavar, Brahma, Durga, Chandikeswarar. Sarabeshwarar, Pratyangara Devi, Bairava, Agora Veerabadra, Eesana Lingam, Manickavasagar, Navagrahas, Saneeswarar, Surya

Vasishteswarar Veppur is a beautiful and large east facing temple with a 5 tier Rajagopuram in the south. The temple is on the southern bank of the Palar River. This is one of the 7 Shadaranya temples. The others are Agastheeswarar Vannivedu  Athreeswarar Kudimallur, Gowthameswarar Kaarai, Bharadwajeswarar Pudupadi, Valmikeeswarar Melvisharam and Kashyapeswarar Avaraikadu. Both the god and goddess are east facing representing the marriage form. Sage Vasishta is seen here praying to the lord in standing position.

Holy Water – Palar River

Holy Tree – Neem (Azadirachta indica)


A stone inscription here at Vasishteswarar Veppur is said to mention the contributions of one  Veera Sampanna Sambuvarayar in the year 1169 CE towards construction of the Mahamantapa, Artha Mantapa and Sanctum. The temple has been in existence before that period itself. Arunagirinathar (15th century CE) has sung the praise of Lord Muruga here at  Vasishteswarar Veppur in his Thirupugazh.


Vasishteswarar Veppur is one of the seven temples in the area where the Lingams have been installed by the 7 great sages: Vasishta, Valmiki, Gowthama, Agasthya, Aththiri, Kashyapa and Baradwaja. This lingam is believed to have been installed by Sage Vasishta and hence called Vasishteswarar. The place is said to have received its name Veppur because of the large number of Neem (Veppam) trees found here in the olden days.


After crossing the Palar near Arcot continue for about a kilometer, cross the green thunder theme park and you will see a small board directing to Vasishteswarar Veppur temple on the right hand side.

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