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Cheyyar

Cheyyar is a town in the Tiruvannamalai District in the Tamil Nadu state of South India. The most common name of this town is Cheyyar but it is also referred to as Thiruvetipuram in many government records. It gets its name Cheyyar River as the town initially was developed on the river beds of cheyyaru. As of 2011, the town had a population of 37,802.The town is situated at 30 km from Kanchipuram, 90 km from Thiruvannamalai, 34 km from Arani and 100 km from Chennai,60 km from Vellore,32 km from Arcot,As 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, 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 ancient temple called Patcheeswarar temple built during the Pallava's rule in the very 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 after Thiruvannamalai and Arani. This town has a Government Arts College, dating from the early 1970s. The chief occupations of the people are agriculture and handlooming.
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