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Etymology

The name Vriddhachalam is obtained from two Sanskrit words - Vriddham which means oldand Achalam which means mountain. So, Vriddhachalam means 'old mountain'. It is also called by other name Thirumudhukundram which also means the same. (Thiru = holy, mudhu = old, kundram = hill). It is one of the important railway destination and junction. It serves the midway between Salem, Trichy, Madurai, Chennai rail routes. Very near to Neyveli. The river flowing here (Manimuthar) is considered very spiritual.

Politics

Vridhachalam assembly constituency is part of Cuddalore (Lok Sabha constituency).

Geography:

Vriddhachalam is located at 11.50°N 79.33°E [1]. It has an average elevation of45 m (148 ft).

Demographics:


As of 2001 India census[2], Virudhachalam had a population of 59,300. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Virudhachalam has an average literacy rate of 77%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 83%, and female literacy is 70%. In Virudhachalam, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Places of interest

The town is home to the Palamalai Nadhar (Siva) Temple, which is one of the old temples in South India, and the Thiru Kolanjiyappar Temple (Five km from Vriddhachalam), one of the famous temples for Lord Muruga.This Temple was built in 1700[3] Ten famous Mosques in Virudhachalam.


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