At a distance of two km from Vellore City Railway Station, Sri Selva Vinayagar Temple is an historical temple devoted to Lord Ganesha located in Shenbakkam. The place was as soon as known as Swayambakkam since Vinayagar appeared hear as Swayambu.
The Selva Vinayagar Temple is devoted to Sri Selva Vinayagar and Somasundareswarar. Sri Selva Vinayagar is surrounded by 10 different Swayambhu Vinayagars. The 11 Vinayagars are current within the following order: Bala Vinayagar, Nandana Vinayagar, Omkara Vinayagar, Karpaga Vinayagar, Chinthamani Vinayagar, Selva Vinayagar, Mayura Vinayagar, Mooshiga Vinayagar, Vallaba Vinayagar, Siddhi-Buddhi Vinayagar and Panchamuga Vinayagar.
Bala Vinayagar remains to be beneath the bottom and solely the highest portion is seen. One can see an Elephant put in in entrance of Selva Vinayakar as an alternative of Mooshika, which is a novel characteristic of the temple.
In response to legend, A Maratha minister by identify Thukoji was passing via this place when the axle of his chariot broke right here and compelled to remain right here and frightened concerning the impediment to his journey. He prayed to Vigneshwar and slept. Lord Vinayaka appeared in his dream and informed him about his existence as 11 swayambu idols organized in Omkara form beneath the bottom and requested him to excavate them and construct a temple. Thukoji was overwhelmed and gladly carried out the duty. The mark of chariot wheel is seen on the again of Selva Vinayakar idol.
The sanctum has no roof however has the flag mast and an idol of Saneeswara Bhagwan going through the Selva Vinayagar. The picture of Selva Vinayagar was lined with silver about 75 years again however now virtually a 3rd of the idol is uncovered, fuelling perception that the idol is rising in dimension. Sri Somasundareswarar is in a separate shrine simply behind the Selva Vinayagar.
Vinayaka Chaturdi (Aug/Sep) and Shivaratri (Feb/Apr) are the principle festivals which can be celebrated with nice pomp and fervor.
Timings: 7.30 AM to eight.30 PM