செறிந்த இப்பகுதியை அணிசெய்யும் பேரூர்களுள் எல்லாம் பல்லாற்றானும் தலைசிறந்து விளங்குவது வேலூரே ஆகும்.
இதனை ஆற்காடு என்று கொண்டு, ஆறு காடு அங்கிருந்தனவென்று புராணம் கூறும், வடமொழியில் ஷடாரண்யம் என்பர்’.
(ii) The name Arcot, now applied to the town in which the Nabobs of the Carnatic held their court, seems originally to have referred to a large tract of country lying on either side of the Palar river. Here six rishis, or religious ascetics, are fabled to have lived a life of penance in as many jungle tracts or wildernesses, called in Sanskrit the Shadaranya, or six forests. The Tamil equivalent was a rukadu, whence came the name Arcot. There is hardly a considerable stream or village without its legend of the doings of some holy rishi in its neighbourhood, of the wanderings of the five Pandavas, and less commonly of Rama. and Lakshman in search of the captive Sita ; but the same stories are told with variations in places widely distant from one another, and it is evident that the legends have by pious frauds been adopted from elsewhere and incorTorated in the local histories to add romance and importance to the vicinity. Early legend