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|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Telephone code||91 4181|
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Chettupattu has a population of 36,000, consisting of 50% males and 50% females, with 10% of the population being under the age of 6 years. The town has a literacy rate of about 69%, which is 10% higher than the national average; male literacy is 77% and female literacy is 61%.
From 2015 Chettupattu became a Taluka under Tiruvannamalai District, Tamil Nadu.
Chettupattu is a Selection Grade Town Panchayat, a small town under 20,000 or 25,000 inhabitants,[contradictory] in the district of Tiruvannamalai in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Its neighboring towns are Vandavasi (east), Polur (west), Gingee (south), Tiruvannamalai (southwest) and Arani (north). More than 80% of its inhabitants are farmers, and the primary source of income is agriculture.
The town's main crops are groundnut, paddy and sugarcane. Chettupattu is a fast developing town, ranking with panchayats of Pazhampet and Kannanur. Animal husbandry provides subsidiary income to farmers in the region. A veterinary dispensary established in 1963 provides services to the farmers.
- Dhivya Matriculation Higher Secondary School
- Dhivya High School
- St. Dominic Savio Higher Secondary School
- St. Anne Higher Secondary School
- Government Higher Secondary School
- Danie Matriculation High School
- Panchayat Union Primary School
- Suraj Matriculation School
- Ansaldo Matriculation High School, Maruthuvambadi
- S.K International School
- Bharat Sevak Samaj Computer College
- Digitech Computer Centre
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In chettupattu the famous Our Lady of Lordues Shrine is located; this church is more than 100 years old.
This is about St. Lourde's Shrine situated in Chetpet (Thiruvannamalai district), I'll walk though some of the highlights of the church and why you need to visit with your family.
History: St. Lourdes's Shrine in Chetpet was constructed by the Roman Catholic friar Jean Francis Darras in the 1890s and it is one of the largest and oldest church in Tamil Nadu. The church is known for its rich heritage and baptized nearly 3000 people in the year 1876.
A Picture from Annual Fest Fr. Darras turned his sight in a small hill, 3 km away from the Shrine gracefully, gently shedding its light on the people of Chetpet. In 1880, the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes was carried in procession on foot and thus the hill became known as 'Madha Hill', 'Hill of Mother Mary', which was once upon, called Satan Hill.
This procession became historical as a lakh's of people participated in it annually. By the time he died the Christians increased to 8000. It is said, he baptized more than 30000 people and is proudly and worthily called the Apostle of North Arcot (presently known as Vellore district.)
The Hill Shrine: The Hill Shrine has a Grotto which is an exact replica of the Grotto found in the town of Lourdes, France and a shrine is constructed on top of the Hill.
Grotto in France which is a look alike in Chetpet
The Hill Shrine contains lots of attractions such as, (a). Station of the Cross. (b). Adoration Chapel. (c). A small park (near sacred spring). (d). A Huge prayer hall.
'Girivalam' is a pious pilgrimage undertaken by the devotees around the holy hill chanting the praise of the Lord and of Our Lady on every full moon day.
Every full moon day the event pulls thousands of people around Tamil Nadu and Bangalore. Prayers been offered through the whole day and if you want to spend a quality time with your family it is the perfect spot to do so.
St. Lourde's Shrine: The magnificent church with the twin towers reminds the elegant French design & artifacts.
Interior view of the Church The miraculous Statue of Lady of Lourdes brought from France is installed inside the glass gloriously crowned and wonderfully carrying the twelve Stars praying for all who approach her.
Every week masses and prayers are offered daily in the chapel and every year a 10 days of annual fest takes place in the month of May which attracts thousands of people from all over Tamilandu and nearby states.
There were numerous stories of miracles been told related to the church where recently people have reported that Mother Mary has shed her blood in tears!