Jalakandeswarar Temple is a Vijaynagar period Lord Shiva temple situated inside the Vellore Fort in Tamil Nadu State, India.
Tamil Nadu state Government has taken over the administration of the Temple through a government order. The temple structure is maintained by Archaeological Survey of India.
It is believed that there was a giant ant-hill where temple’s sanctum now stands, surrounded by stagnant rain water. Shiva Lingam (lord Shiva idol) was placed in these waters around the ant-hill and people started working worshiping here. Vijayanagar chieftain, named Chinna Bommi Nayaka, who was controlling the Vellore fort that time, had a dream in which Lord Shiva asked him to construct a temple there. Chinna Bommi Nayaka proceeded with the temple construction and demolished the anthill in 1550 AD, The temple got its name as the Lord Shiva Lingam was surrounded by water (Jalam in Tamil). Jalakandeswarar when translated to English, means “Lord Siva residing in the water”. Sadasivadeva Maharaya (1540 – 1572 AD) was the Vijaynagar king that time. The temple is also having the idol of Sri Akhilandeshwari Amma; consort of Jalakandeswarar.
Architecture of the Jalakanteshwara Temple is that of Vijayanagaram Architecture. The temple is famous for its exquisite Gopuram (tower) carvings The stone pillars are richly carved. , the temple will make you spellbound with its sculptures and monoliths. The temple tower is having a height of more than 100 feet. The temple Hall (Mandapam) is built on carved stone pillars of horses , dragons and lion like creature known as yalis.
The temple is situated in a water tank. There is a 2 faced sculpture of a bull and an elephant. in the Kalyana Mantapam (wedding hall).
There is an earthen lamp, which revolves when some people puts their hands on it and is believed that their wishes have been granted. To get rid of ‘sarpa dosham’, devotees worship the snake sculptures and the golden and silver lizard sculptures.
How Do I Go to Jalakandeswarar temple near Vellore?
Vellore is well connected by road and rail network to the rest of the country. The nearest International airport is at Chennai. Jalakandeswarar temple is at around 3 kilometers distance from Kadpadi Junction Railway station, a major railway station in the state of Tamilnadu. Kadpadi is the railway station at Vellore.