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    People, having interest in history and inclination towards spirituality, must be aware of Thakkolam. It is located on the eastern border of Vellore district and lying at equidistance of 30 kms between Thiruthani and Kancheepuram.

   Kusasthalai River, known in the ancient literature as Virutha Sheera River, flows to the north and north east of Thakkolam. Till few decades ago, water was flowing in this river through-out the year and it was a lifeline of the town for drinking as well as agricultural purposes. As a matter of fact, water was perennially gushing out through the mouth of Nandhi at Gangadeeswarar temple on the bank of the river. Now depleted by both water and sand, it has lost its charm and beauty which is a common sight and becoming rather fate to all the rivers of the land.

   Traditionally called Thiruvooral, Thakkolam is famous for its old and majestic temple, which in turn is known for its main deity, Theendaa Thirumeni Sri Jalanatheeswarar. The residents of Thakkolam can recall with pride that Thirugnanasambandar, one of the famous saivite-poets and also one of the authors of Thevaaram has visited the temple and sung several hymns in glory of Sri Jalanatheeswarar in nineth century A.D.

   Thakkolam is also known for its battle-field. A decisive war was fought in this land between Cholas and Rashtrakudas in the year 949 A.D. The defeat of Cholas in the war was a temporary set-back to them but gave an impetus to the later Cholas, culminating in the ascendance of King Rajaraja Chola.

   Having lost its ancient glory, Thakkolam went into slumber for a long time. It is now once again buzzing with activities, thanks to modern industrial development fast coming up twenty five kms away at Sriperumbudur and its surroundings in the vicinity of Chennai. The Regional Training Centre of the Central Industrial Security Force located in the outskirt of the town adds further importance to the developmental activities of our town.

   Before I conclude I would like to place my sincere acknowledgement, on behalf of the residents of Thakkolam,   to    Mr S. THANGAVEL ,    Mr S. VARADHARAJAN    and    Mr M. RAMANUJAM who have rendered immense support in developing the website.

   Also I would like to place my appreciation and sincere thanks to Mr.K.R.RAMPRASAD who has taken all the photographs very nicely .

   As the Chairman of Thakkolam Town Panchayat, it is my wish to place on record that the renovation work of Sri Jalanatheeswarar temple and its temple car have been completed with great success and satisfaction with the support of the Endowment Board, Thiruthani Temple Devasthanam and the general public. It helped to redeem the lost glory of the town and it is my privilege to bring out the glory of our town to the public domain through this website of http://www.Thakkolam.in.

S. NAGARAJAN M.B.A.
CHAIRMAN
THAKKOLAM TOWN PANCHAYAT

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