Places of Interest
Kavalur – Solar Observatory
The Asias biggest solar observatory is Vainu Bappu Observatory (VBO) is located in the picturesque neighbourhood of the village of Kavalur in the Javadhu Hills. Established in the 1970s, VBO hosts the 1m Carl Zeiss Telescope, the 1.3m J.C. Bhattacharya Telescope (JCBT) and the 2.3m Vainu Bappu Telescope (VBT).
Prior permission is required to visit the Observatory. A large variety of deer roam around the observatory.
Narasimmar Temple, Sholingar
There is an inscription of 14th century in the Big Hill and another of 17th century in Small Hill and also a inscription in Telugu Language. There is a small window opposite to Lord Narasimhas Shrine at Big Hill, through which the Lord give darsan to Yoga Anjeneya at Small Hill. Yoga Narasimhar is facing east and the Small Hill is at the eastern side of the Big Hill. Swamy Dhottachar used to worship Lord Varadaraja Perumal of Kanchi on the third day of Brahmotchavam every year. Once he was not able to visit kanchi and thus missed the Seva. The worried Dhottachar offered prayers to Lord Varadharajar sitting on the banks of Brahma Theertham at Sholinghur.
Sri Margabandeeshwarar Temple, the main deity of this temple is Swayambu Lingam known as Margabandeeswarar.
The Simha teertham, the tank with the lion faced sculpture located inside the temple complex is a nicely built.The most sacred Sive temple at Virinchipuram is popularly knowns as “Bhaskara Kshethiram” because the Sun is said to worship the Linga when its rays faill on it in the month of Panguni. As one enters a little distance into the eastern gate of the gopura he is attracted bya beautiful lion – faced sculpture, in the left side of the Shrine. This is a well with foot steps inside and is known as the “Simha Theertham”.
15km from Vellore, Ratnagiri is famous for the Murugan temple situated small hillock. It is said that the temple was built in the 14th Century A.D. But renovations were made recently.
Vallimalai Murugan Temple
This is the place where Valli Performed penance on Lord Vishnu to have the Hands of Lord Muruga,hence the Sadari Blessing with Lord Vishnu Pada (feet) is offered to Devotees in the temple.