Servarayan temple, also called as Shevaroy temple is one of the most famous temples in the region and is a must visit temple if you are visiting Yercaud.
Servarayan Temple (Shevaroy Temple)
Servarayan Temple (Shevaroy Temple) location
Servarayan temple is located in cave on the top of the Shevaroy hills in the city of Yercaud near Salem in Tamil Nadu.
Yercuad is a small but beautiful hill station in Salem district and located in the Shevaroy hill range and this historical and beautiful temple is located at the highest point in yercuad at the altitude of 1623 meters or 5326 feet.
The top of the hill where this temple is located is a flat surface and looks like a plateau. Because of which at top of the hill apart from temple you will also find few shops and activities like horse riding ATV etc.
But the view from top is amazing. There is a view point from which you get to see the city. But my suggestion is to walk around and enjoy the view. The surface is flat and hence gives you a nice area to stroll around with family and friends and enjoy the natures beauty.
There are small shop where you can buy some thing to eat, water , juice etc. You will also find restrooms there. Ample parking space.
The best part of this trip is journey to the top. It is so amazing with lot of spots which offers you a panoramic view of the area.
The hill gives an amazing view of all other hills around and the town of Yercaud. From my perspective this is one of the best spots in Yercaud which you should visit.
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Servarayan Temple (Shevaroy Temple) History
Shevaroy Temple is a cave temple. This means that at the top of hill there is a cave in which this temple is located.
The cave has idol of Lord Servaryan and Goddess Kaveri. The Servarayan hills are named after the Lord and Goddess Kaveri represent the river Kaveri.
It is believed that Ma Kaveri is the guardian deity of the villages around this area.
It is also believed that the cave actually extends further deep behind the idol of Ma Kaveri and lord Servarayan. It is believed that river cauvery somewhere meets the cave further down. But of course you cannot go beyond the idols in the cave.
The cave itself is very narrow.
We spoke to the priest of the temple and came to to know that the temple itself is more than 1000 years old and lord Servarayan has been worshiped here from time immemorial .
All the villagers from around the area gather at the temple for a annual festival which is celebrated during the month of May.
There is a well near the temple. It is a old well and people say that it is a wishing well.
Activities for kids at Shevaroy Temple
As I mentioned before, the temple is at hill top, but the hill top is a flat surface and appears as a plateau.
Hence the view from top is just breathtaking. Also there are lots of activity for the kids.
There are some local games like
- Baloon shooting – Rs 30/- for six chances
- Horse riding – Rs 100 / round
- ATV – Rs 100 / round
- Other games like see saw etc
So there are activities which kids can definitely enjoy.
Best time to visit Servarayan Temple (Shevaroy Temple)
Yercaud is a hill station and hence it is a nice place to visit year round. But being situated in southern plateau it does becomes a bit hot in summers. But still not that hot.
But if you ask me, the best time to visit Yercaud will be from September to March. Immediately after rains, this place look becomes worth a visit. Also since it is colder in these months, it is easy to walk around.
Servarayan Temple (Shevaroy Temple) timings
The temple is open through out the day. It closes by 6.30 PM. So you can plan to visit this temple anytime during the day. However early morning offers one of the best views around.
In case you want to enjoy kids activities, better to go there by 9.00 AM when the shops are open. Remember that photography is not allowed inside the temple.
How to reach Servarayan Temple
The temple is located at around 6 to 7 KMs from Yecaud bus stand. Once you are ay bus stand you will find a big marking towards Servarayan Temple (Shevaroy Temple).
You will also cross Shri Raja Rajeshwari temple on the way. This is another beautiful temple on the way.
Then you will reach a junction where if you go straight, you will go towards Bangalore. So at this junction you need to take right. You keep on going straight you will reach this beautiful temple.
Over all Servarayan Temple (Shevaroy Temple) is a nice place to visit. The temple as I mentioned before is a very important temple of the region and is more than thousand years old. Apart from temple, the ride to the temple itself is very amazing and thrilling. And once you are at temple, you are at the top most place in Yercaud.
So friends, do visit this temple and this place when you are in Yercaud!
Have a nice darshan!
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