Vellore is a reputed town in Tamil Nadu & it is an educational & a very noted medical hub, CMC Vellore. People from other parts of the country, particularly from the eastern part & also from the neighboring countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh assembled here for modern treatment .I have to go there once in a year. As Sunday, being the holiday & the OPD remains closed, I search things to do on holidays. One of the worth visiting places is the Jalakandeswarar Temple & I visited twice with my wife.Vellore is having a fort , very old . It is situated near the old bus stand. The temple is situated inside the fort & is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is a very old temple.
The temple is a good example of Vijaynagaram Architecture & the style is very much of the South Indian Temple structure with a large, tall gopuram with beautiful carvings on the stone, a huge wooden gate, stone pillars. No crowd, very peaceful area. Visitors can enter inner courtyard through the wooden gate. We had darshan of a giant shiva linga with his consort Parvathi. Lord Vishnu with his consort Lakshmi & Lord Brahmma with mother Saraswati, all are of black stone. A huge stone idol of Lord Ganesha will attract the devotees. The temple is under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India.
The temple was built during the reign of the Vijayanagaram king in (1540 - 1572 AD). The temple also has the statue of Sri Akhilandeshwari Amma, the consort of Jalakandeswara. We wonder at the architecture on the stone wall. The water used for bathing the deity (abishekam) is drawn from an ancient well called the Ganga Gouri Thirtam, within the temple.
There is a parking place near the temple inside the Vellore fort, no cloak room, no person to look after your shoes.