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6:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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#2 of 22 Places To Visit in Tiruchirapalli
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address
Devathanam, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
contact
+91-431-2704621
entry fee
3
per person Uchai Malai Ticket
20
per person Camera Ticket
100
per person Video Camera Ticket
timings
All days of the week
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
visit duration
2 to 3 hours

about rock fort temple

Rock Fort, as the rocky outcrop is called, at an age of over 3.8 billion years is as old as the rocks in Greenland and much older than the Himalayas. Begun in 600 CE by kings of the Chola dynasty, the Shiva temple is located in a gargantuan 274-foot-high rock that is visible for miles around. Much of it was built by the Nayak kings in the 16-17th centuries. There are 417 steps to the top and great panoramic views from there. At its summit, a height of 83 meters, is the 2 storied Rock fort temple built by the Pallavas and rebuilt by the Nayaks.

The fort is really a complex where you can visit 3 more temples built in different eras over the course of time; Manikka Vinayakar temple at the foot of the hill, dedicated to Lord Ganesha, at the top of the hill the Ucchi Pillayar temple and the Taayumaanavar Koyil Shivastalam, a rock cut temple dedicated to Taayumaanavar, a Nayak era saint.

On your way to the Ucchi Pillayar Temple, you can pay homage at Mathrubutheswarar, dedicated to Lord Shiva, that has a lingam, a projection of the rock itself. Be sure to pay particular attention to the inscriptions on the temples' walls, they date back to Mahendravarman I, the Cholas, the Vijayanagar rulers and the Nayaks of Madurai.As you approach the foot of the rock, there is a tank and a pavilion that is used during the float festivals and was built by Viswanatha Nayaka of Madurai to hold major religious festivals. 

Right next to the tank is a house and church built by Reverend Schwartz of Denmark in the 18th century. The incredible palace you see at the base of the rock was built by Chokkanatha Nayak, and is known as Rani Mangammal Mahal. It features a Durbar hall (Mughal court and ceremonial hall for gatherings during the British Raj). Daily six prayer services are offered here in addition to the festivals that are celebrated year round.

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Samiran Datta
Samiran Datta
resembling a fort on the rock (lifty hill)
Jan 23 2017
Really enchanting with admiration to the spirituality (Lord Ganesh is on the top). A panoramic view of Trichi wipes away the tiredness for climbing to the loft.
Saumya Srivastava
Saumya Srivastava
Mar 28 2014
Climbing all those steps is certainly worth it for the view of the city. You can purchase a drink at the top.
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