IMG_20151122_131628292, Thirukkarisanadhar Temple, Kalavai, Vellore
IMG_20151122_131628292, Thirukkarisanadhar Temple, Kalavai, Vellore

Thirukkarisanadhar Temple, Kalavai, Vellore

Date built:
Architectural style:Dravidian architecture
Major festivals
Address:Thirukkarisanadhar Temple,Kalavai, Vellore District
Phone+91 98407 76475 / 98402 26173
 Thirukkarisanadhar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Kalavai Town in Vellore District of Tamilnadu. The Temple is also called as Kottai Koil. Presiding Deity is called as Thirukkarisanadhar and Mother is called as Dharma Samvardhini. The Temple is believed to be built during 7th Century A.D. The Temple is situated in an acre of land in the eastern part of the village.

Temple Opening Time

  • Morning 7 A.M to 11 A.M
  • Evening 5 P.M to 8 P.M

Pooja Details

Nithya Poojas are being done with local support. Following are the monthly poojas;

  1. Sankatahara Chathurthi
  2. Sashti
  3. Theipirai Ashtami
  4. Pradosham
  5. Pournami / Amavasya
  6. Kiruthigai

Arudhra Pooja in the Tamil month of Margazhi is the foremost special festival in this temple, which is a real feast for the eyes and heart of the devotees.


Tamil New Year Natarajar Abhishekam during Chithirai, Vaikasi Visagam, Thirumanjanam and Natarajar Abhishekam during Aani, Aadi Pooram, Vinayakar Chaturthi and Natarajar Abhishekam during Aavani, Navarathri (10 days) and Natarajar Abhishekam during Purattasi, Deepavali (special pooja), Skandha Sashti and Annabishekam during Aippasi, Somavara Abhishekam and Deepam during Karthigai, Dhanur Masa Ushadkala Pooja, Natarajar Abhishekam and Arudhra Dharisanam during Margazhi, Makara Sankaranthi Abhishekam and Thai Poosam during Thai, Maha Shivarathri Abhishekam and Natarajar Abhishekam during Masi and Brahmotsavam and Panguni Uthram during Panguni are the festivals celebrated here. Thiruvaadipooram and Navarathri Utsavam are very special in this temple.

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The goddess is so powerful emanating love and grace. It is so experienced that those who pray to her wholeheartedly get their wishes fulfilled. Women offer bangles during Thiruvaadipooram. The unmarried women will get married soon. The married women will get blessed with child soon.


Legend / Local stories

Kariya Nayanar:

According to the legend, Kariya Nayanar, one of the 63 Nayanmars witnessed a cow shedding milk near an ant hill and reported the incident to the King Vikrama Chola. When the king came to the spot he was surprised to see the mound dissolving in rains and uncovering the Swayambu Lingam within, on hearing the song of Kariya Nayanar. The king built a temple which came to be known as Thiru Karisanathar Temple.

Adhi Shankaracharya visit to this Temple:

It is believed that Adhi Shankaracharya had visited this temple and had Dharshan of Lord Thirukkarisanadhar.

Kamadenu Abhishekam to Shiva Linga here:

The legend has it that Kamadenu, the divine cow did Abhishekam (sacred bath) for the Shiva lingam with the nectar of its milk.

Thirumudikkaari worshipped Lord Shiva here:

It is said that one of the seven Vallals (munificent chieftains) Thirumudikkaari of Sangam age worshipped Lord Shiva here.

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How to Reach:

The Temple is located at about 1 Km from Kalavai Bus Stop, 5 Kms from Kalavai Koot Road Bus Stop, 23 Kms from Arcot, 24 Kms from Ranipet, 25 Kms from Arani, 22 Kms from Cheyyar, 39 Kms from Kanchipuram, 46 Kms from Vellore and 118 Kms from Chennai. Kalavai is well connected to Kanchipuram, Cheyyar, Arani and Arcot by Buses. Nearest Railway Station is located at Ranipet (24 Kms) and Nearest Airport is located at Chennai (100 Kms).

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Contact Details

Thirukkarisanadhar Temple,
Kalavai, Vellore District
Phone: +91 98407 76475 / 98402 26173

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