The Rock Fort Ganapathi Temple
also known as the Uchipillaiyar Koil is situated at
an 83 m tall rock. This rock is said to be the oldest
rock in the world dating back to 3800 million years.
This temple is a combination of the two famous Hindu
Temples of the 7th century that were devoted to Lord
Shiva and Lord Ganesha. The temple has to be reached
by climbing about 344 steps.
There is also a tank placed at the
rock fort foot of this temple. This tank is flocked
by people during the float festivals held in the place.
Robert Clive used to live adjacent to this tank. The
rock fort of this temple is considered to be 2 billion
years old and to have made a large contribution in the
laying down of British Empire in India. The fort is
built by materials like quartz and feldspar.
Apart from this rock fort, the main
complex of the temple consists of two parts; the Thayumanaswamy,
which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Pillayar, which
is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The Shiva temple is the
larger one and comprises of a large stone statue of
Shiva in the form of Lingam. The rock architecture of
the temple is also quite an attraction.
|Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is situated
in Srirangam Town of Trichy, Tamil Nadu. This is a Hindu
Temple dedicated to Lord Ranganatha, a reclining form
of Lord Vishnu and covers a total area of 156 acres.
This temple is also amongst the first ones of 108 ‘divya
desams’ of the abode of Lord Vishnu. It has been
constructed in Dravidian style of architecture and has
been glorified by the literature of early Tamil literature
canon. This temple also has the honour of being the
largest functioning temple in the world.
Some noticeable features in its architecture
include 21 surrounding ‘gopurams’ along
with an ornate gateway, which is also the tallest ‘gopuram’
of India. There is also a royal temple tower in the
place, which covers a base area of 32500 sq. ft and
has a height of 196 ft. It also comprises a hall containing
1000 pillars. This temple also holds the annual chariot
festival of Tamil Nadu that lasts for 21 days.
The Tiruvanaikkaval Temple is a
popular temple of Trichy dedicated to Lord Shiva. This
temple was built by Kocengannan, also known as Kochenga
Chola who was one of the earliest Cholas, which existed
about 1800 years ago. It is also one of the five major
Shiva Temples of Tamil Nadu and represents the five
elements. The location of this temple is adjacent to
the Ranganathaswamy Temple of Srirangam.
The main deity of this temple is Lord
Jambukeswara that represents the water element. Inside
the temple, there is an idol of Jambukeswara sitting
under a jambu tree. The temple is also considered as
the house of goddess Akilandeswari. Tiruvanaikkaval
Temple infrastructure includes a massive outer wall
known as the Vibudi Prakara, which is 2 ft thick and
25 ft in height. The popular annual festival of Natyanjali,
which displays Indian classical Dance, is also held
at this temple.
This temple is a peaceful place
for worship. There is no caste creed or race bars in
this Temple. The high degree of discipline is propagated
here. Infact the temple is famous for its neat maintenance
and planned activities. A large meditation Hall is seen
here. Also, many boards and Hoardings with excellent
messages to life are seen here. Being located nearer
to district Court the Temple is really a place to find
the way towards loyal life .special prayers are conducted
for people who are unmarried and also for the childless
It is located just 2 Kms from the Central Bus Stand,
near the District Court. There is a strict dress code
being followed here (Dhoti, trousers in full, shirt,
Saree, Chudidhar are only allowed)
|St John's Church
Built in 1812, this Church has
louvered doors, which when opened, turns the church
into an airy pavilion. It has the usual array of plaques
to the departed, most of who seem to have fallen victim
to cholera, malaria or enemy bullets. Its excellent
setting and marvellous architecture, make it a site
worth visiting. The brilliant architecture is a treat
to the eyes. The surrounding cemetery is also interesting.
It is situated near Theppakulam.
The Government Museum of Trichy
is located near the Rani Mangammal Mahal. It lies in
the heart of Bharathidasansan town near the super bazaar
of Trichy. The major attraction of this museum are the
sculptures of Mahavira, Gautam Buddha, Lord Vishnu and
many more. Other significant items at the museum include
ancient fossils, prehistoric Megalithic tools, Palaeolithic
and Neolithic Tools. It also houses certain earthen
and metal moulds with inscriptions on them along with
a few palm leaf manuscripts.
The museum also displays a collection
of rare insects, birds and mammals. Another attraction
at this museum includes an artistic and rare collection
of sculptures displaying Lord Thirumal as crawling Krishna,
Goddess Durga, Saint Manickavasagar, Chandra Sekhare
and Lord Nataraj. Some rare Tamil arts along with Bronze
and stone statues are also on display at this Government
Museum of Trichy. It also consists of a separate section
of tribal materials along with a model of Pachamalai
hills. An excellent collection of the rare and ancient
coins of India are also displayed here.
|The Maariamman Temple
The Maariamman Temple also known
as the Samayapuram Maariamman Temple is a popular Hindu
temple situated in Trichy, Tamil Nadu. This temple is
devoted to Samayapurathal also known as Maariamman.
The idol of its main deity is also made of sand and
clay like the idols of other traditional Maariamman
deities are made.
The deities of this temple are said
to contain powers to bless people tocure of deadly diseases
and illness. The main rituals at this temple include
buying of small metal replicas of the body parts that
one wishes to cure and then these replicas are to be
deposited at the donation box of this temple. A sweet
dish made of rice flours, ghee and jaggery is also offered
to the main deity and then served to poor devotees.
The main days to visit this temple are Tuesdays, Fridays
and Sundays. The prominent festivals celebrated at this
temple include Thai Poosam and Temple Chariot.
|Viralimalai Murugan Temple
Viralimalai Murugan Temple is located
in the centre of the Viralimalai town of Trichy, Tamil
Nadu. The temple lies on the Viralimalai hill from where
it also takes its name. This hill is small and rocky
and the way to reach the temple is present in the form
of 207 stairs. On the way, there are also certain mandapams
providing rest rooms for the devotees. Amongst the rituals
performed at this temple, the main one includes the
offering of cigar made of sandal paste to Lord Dandayudhapani.
The surroundings of this temple include
woody orchards and kura trees that are said to be used
by great saints and yogis for worshipping the main deity
of this temple. The temple is also known for the presence
of numerous peacocks around it. Within the premises
of the temple, there is a statue of Kashyapa and Narad
Muni along with several sculptures of Arumugan and Arunagirinathar,
on its pillars.
|Vayalur Murugan Temple
The Vayalur Murugan Temple is situated
at 9 km west of Trichy in Tamil Nadu. The temple is
also called by names like Adi vayalur, Kumara vayalur,
Vanni vayalur and Agnishwaram. It was built around 1200
years back in the Chola period. The main deity of this
temple is Lord Muruga, while the temple is also famous
amongst the devotees of lord Shiva.
There are many shrines dedicated to
Lord Shiva present within the premises of this temple.
These shrines include Nataraja and Sri Poiya Ganapati
as well as consorts of Valli and Deivanai, depicting
in a position of being seated in a peacock. The speciality
of its Natarajar idol is that it has both its leg on
the ground. To honour these idols, a festival is also
held at this temple.
The location of this temple is also
said to be the place where Lord Muruga blessed saint
poet, Arunagiri Nathar and initiated him to compose
the famous work of Thirupugazh. The surroundings of
this temple include green fields and Sakhti Theertaham
on its opposite side.
|Gunaseelam Vishnu Temple
The Gunaseelam Vishnu Temple is
a well known temple of Trichy dedicated to Lord Vishnu,
situated on the banks of River Cauvery. The main feature
of this temple is that mentally challenged children
are taken to this temple and left here for 48 days to
get them cured. The main deity of this temple is Lord
Prasanna Venkatachalapathi. The premises of this temple
include a sannidhi for Viganasar, which is based on
the legend where Viganasar was blessed with Brahminhood
by Lord Venkateshwara.
The Vekkaliamman Temple is situated
7 km from Trichy in the town of Woraiyur, Tamil Nadu.
The temple is one of the important pilgrimage centres
as well as a seat of Cholas. The specialty of this temple
is that its main residing deity does not have a roof
over his head. This feature is based on the legend where
Goddess Vekkaliamman instructed her devotees for not
building a roof over her head until every person in
the world has a shelter. The north facing of the idols
present in this temple is also one noticeable feature.
Special days of this temple are Tuesdays and Fridays.
Mukkombu is a popular picnic spot
of Trichy, situated in its outskirts at a distance of
18 km from the city. Mukkombu offers many tourist attractions
at one place, which include an amusement park, children’s
park, fishing, sports, etc. All these features make
it a popular weekend gateway for tourists. Its one of
the main attraction is its upper dam constructed across
the Rivers of Cauvery and Kolladam.
The Kallanai Dam is built over
the River Cauvery in Trichy, Tamil Nadu. This dam covers
a total area of 146.70 sq. km. It is also known as Grand
Anicut and was built by the Chola King Karikalan in
the 1st century AD. This dam is considered to be the
oldest water regulator structure of world which is still
in use. The origination of this dam was done with the
purpose of string water that can be used for fertilising
the delta region during irrigation.
The name of this dam means stone dam,
which is significant with its structure. It is 329 m
in length and 20 m in width and further from River Cauvery
breaks into two channels after reaching Sri Rangam Island.
Its northern channel is called Kollidam and it ends
at Poompuhar, into the Bay of Bengal.