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Virudhachalam (also known as Vriddhachalam)(Tamil: விருதாச்சலம்) is a municipality and taluk headquarters in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The ancient name of this town is Thirumudhukundram (Tamil: திருமுதுகுன்றம்)
The name Vriddhachalam is obtained from two Sanskrit words - Vriddham which means old and 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. In pure Tamil Virudhachalam is called as Pazhamalai. it also means the same old mountain.vriddhachalam near by salem,perambalur,viluppuram,pondicherry
Vriddhachalam is located at  It has an average elevation of45 m (148 ft)..
As of 2001[update] India census, 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
One of the oldest town in Cuddalore district. The ancient Lord Siva temple (Pazhamalai Nadhar Temple) is located in the heart of town. The temple was constructed by one of the chola empires. It has 5 big towers- one in the middle, the remaining represent the four directions. There is another famous temple - Thiru Kolanjiapper temple - located 5km away from the town. Both of them are located near Cuddalore - Salem highway.
- Thiru Kolanjiappar Government Arts College
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Vriddhachalam
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
- "List of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies". Tamil Nadu. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-10-09.
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