Location: Vedal, near Cheyyur, near Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights:Lesser known brick temple built during the period of Raja Raja Chola I
Nearest Railway Station:Chenglepet
How to reach:Connected by road from Cheyyur; the path near the site is not in good condition and very narrow; Also, it is difficult to find the route
Hotel: Go to Chennai or Chenglepet
Restaurants: Go to Chennai for better options
Cheyyur is a little known village located near Chennai city in South India. Around 10 kms from Cheyyur, the small village named Vedal is located. Vedal lake is a popular one. Near the lake, the 10th century brick temple of Lord Shiva is found. It is believed to have been built during the era of Raja Raja Chola I, the emperor who built the famous Tanjore Brahadeeswarar Temple.
Little care is being taken by the villagers or the Government to preserve this architecturally excellent temple. A huge crack is running through the middle of the vimana and the backside wall of the temple (at the time of writing this post - March 2013).
The Cholas reconstructed a lot of brick temples into granite temples. Only few brick temples are found today in Tamil Nadu state of South India. Especially, there is hardly any brick temple that exists near Chennai city today. Hence, Vadavamuga Agneeswarar temple located in Vedal is a rare one.
The temple which is almost in ruin has two separate shrines - the main shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva (Vadavamuga Agneeswarar) and the other one dedicated to Goddess Vasanta Nayaki. The main temple is built in the Gajaprshtha architectural style (aka Thoonganai style which resembles the back side of the elephant).
The koshta images Ganesha, Dakshinamurti, Vishnu, Brahma, Durga and Chandikeshwar are found on the wall surrounding the main shrine.
The vimana along with the images of the Gods is strikingly beautiful although it is in ruins.