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Location of Cheyyar
in Tamil Nadu
Coordinates 12.658055555555556°39′29″N 79.5425°32′33″E / 12.6580°N 79.5424°E / 12.6580; 79.5424Coordinates: 12.658055555555556°39′29″N 79.5425°32′33″E / 12.6580°N 79.5424°E / 12.6580; 79.5424
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District(s) Tiruvanamalai
Municipal chairman
Parliamentary constituency Arani
Assembly constituency Cheyyar
Population 46738 ()
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Pincode • 604407
Telephone • +91(0)4182
Vehicle • TN25




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Cheyyar (Tamil: செய்யாறு), also known as Tiruvettipuram (Tamil: திருவத்திபுரம்), Thiruvathipuram or Tiruvetipuram is a town in the Tiruvannamalai District near Kanchipuram in the Tamil Nadu state of South India. It gets its name from the Cheyyar River.

The town is situated at 30 km from Kanchipuram, 60 km from Vellore and 105 km from Chennai, well connected by buses on SH 5 and SH 45.

The town contains an ancient temple called Vedapureeswarar temple situated on the banks of the river[1], and there is a legend that Thirugnana Sambandar, one of the four great saivite saints visited the temple and caused a male palm tree to flower by singing verses in Tamil.There is another famous temple called Patcheeswarar temple in the heart of the town. The town was in the North Arcot District (part of Vellore district) until Tiruvannamalai district was formed. It has a sub collector office and is the third largest town in the district. This town has a Government Arts College, dating from the early 1970s. The chief occupations of the people are agriculture and handlooming.


Geography and demography

Cheyyar is located at 12.6580°N 79.5424°E on the banks of Cheyyar River in the north eastern corner of Thiruvannamalai district of Tamil Nadu. It is 100 km southwest of Chennai the state capital. It has a population of 46,738 with high female to male ratio of 1012 female per thousand male. Cheyyar has an average literacy rate of 74%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 81%, and female literacy is 66%. In Cheyyar, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Vedapureeswarar Temple History

The temple is devoted to Lord Vedapuresswarar who came here and imparted his spiritual knowledge regarding the Vedas. It is in this sacred place that Saint Thirugnanasambanthar used his holy miraculous powers and transformed a male palm tree into a female palm tree, according to legend. This is the 8th of the 32 Devara Stalams in the Thondaimandalam region of South India. Although this temple was an earlier foundation, inscriptions here are primarily from the middle and later Chola periods (11th -13th centuries). Arunagirinathar, a devotee of Lord Muruga worshipped the God in this temple. It is a temple which has a few unique distinctions. The Nandi, which usually faces the Shiva lingam, is facing the opposite direction. Also,one can worship all the Pancha Bootha (lingams) in this temple. The devotees of the temple and the natives of the town celebrate a festival every year with street processions which spans 10 days called Brahmmotsavam. Of these 10 days the 6th, 7th and 10th day of the festival are celebrated in a grand manner.The 4th day function is celebrated on a grand scale every year by the Adidravidar community. The 6th day function is celebrated on a grand scale every year by the Brahmin Community Trust and the 10th day function is celebrated by Agamudaiyar (Thuluva Vellar) community trust. Devotees across the world patronize the trusts for the7th day and 10th day functions.Most of the people are sengunthar muthaliyar cast

Educational Institutes

Cheyyar is known for its oldest and biggest government schools and college. The Government Boys Higher Secondary School is the major school having alumni around the globe. The school building was opened on August 31, 1931. Arignar Anna Government Arts College was established in the year 1967 extending over . From the time of its inception, Arignar Anna Government Arts College was affiliated to Madras University. With the creation of Thiruvalluvar University in the year 2002, the college stands affiliated to Thiruvalluvar University, Vellore. The college was accredited by NAAC in the year 2000 with THREE STARS. It offers BA, BSc, MA, MSc and PhD programs. Wisdom, Indo-American and Mugrugan educational groups are the major private organizations offering primary to college level education.

Matriculation Schools

  • Wisdom Matriculation Higher Secondary school.
  • Wisdom Vidhyashram.
  • Indo American school.
  • Dr.V.G.N.Matric school,Kanchipuram road

Engineering Colleges

  • Menakshi Engineering College
  • Thiruvalluvar Engineering College
  • Kanchi Pallavan Engineering College

Arts&Science College

  • Aringer Anna Government Atrs college - Affiliated to Madras University
  • Indo American college
  • Adhi Parasakthi College

Polytechnic Colleges

  • SRI VEnkateswara Polytechnic College
  • Cheyyar Polytechnic College
  • Pallavan Polytechnic College


Cheyyar started industrialization following the establishment of the industrial complex by the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu (SIPCOT)[2]. Since the investment hot-spots such as Sriperumbudur and Oragadam have become overcrowded, Cheyyar has become an alternative choice. This is evidenced by the recent announcements of a hi-tech Special Economic Zone for automative components, a electronics hardware park and the commitment from the Taiwanese Shoe Company to set up its unit[3]. One of the largest sugar mills in the country - Cheyyar co-operative sugars - is situated near the town. On Nov, 2009 Tamil Nadu cabinet approved the Mahindara & Mahindra's Rs 1800 core automobile project in 450 acrs. This unit will produce tractors, SUVs and commercial vehicles and auto parts.[4] Aluminum die cast unit by Ashley Alteams, a joint venture by Ashok Leyland and Finland-based Alteams Oy started its production on Jan, 2010.[5] This High pressure die cast will maanufacture automobile and telecommunication components with initial capacity of 7000 ton per year.[6]


Cheyyar constituency assembly is part of Tamil Nadu Lok Sabha constituency.It comprises of well known Political Leaders who is well knowm for their Achievements.

Some of the Well Known previous MLAs are Year Name

2006 VishnuPrasad K

2001 Ulagaratchagan P S

1996 V. Anbalagan

1991 A.Devaraj


Churches In Cheyyar

Cheyyar is a widely diversified place in religious dimenesion.Below is the list of churches in cheyyar

Lourde Mary Church

Lourde Mary church is a Roman catholic church in cheyyar,This Church runs St.Joseph matriculation English Medium School, and a Tamil Medium school in the premises of church campus.

  • Landmarks Near the church : Police Station,Taluk Office, Uzhavar Santhai.

CSI Chirusthu Nathar Church

  • LandMarks Near Church: BDO Office, soundhari Theatre, Thaayar Abbai Kalyana Mandapam.
  • General Mass timings : Sunday 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM