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Villapakkam, Vellore


Villapakkam is a panchayat town in Vellore. With an average literacy rate of 68%, which is higher than the national average, Villapakkam is located to the south of Arcot in Vellore district. Villapakkam lies approximately 25 km south-east of Vellore. The hilly area in Villapakkam is commonly referred to as the Pancha Pandava Malai. It used to be a growing Jain centre in the Medieval Period.

A clear evidence of this can be found from the rock cut cave temple of Villapakkam which is a large excavation on the eastern side of the hill. The rock cut cave temple is inscribed with natural caverns of Jain figures and inscriptions that provide a testimony to the above mentioned fact.

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