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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular places for sightseeing in Tiruchirappalli?

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Why constraint yourself to just popular. Here's a list of popular and not-so-popular places. These are some ancient temples built by Pallavas, Cholas and Nayaks in Trichy District are here:

Pallava and Pandya Cave Temples: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2010/11/pallava-pandya-cave-temples-trichy.html

Gopurapatti Amaleeswarar Temple (specialty - miniature Ramayana Panels) - http://travel.bhushavali.com/2013/02/gopurapatti-amaleeswarar-temple-trichy.html

Srinivasanallur Kuranganathar Temple (specialty - Early Chola Temple) - http://travel.bhushavali.com/2013/02/srinivasanallur-kurangunathar-temple.html

Allur Temple Tour Part 1 (specialty - built by Raja Raja Chola. His name can be seen in the inscriptions) : http://travel.bhushavali.com/2013/02/allur-temple-trip-part-i-trichy-tamil.html

Allur Temple Tour Part 2 (specialty - built by Paranthaka Chola. Little temple in the middle of paddy fields) : http://travel.bhushavali.com/2013/02/allur-temple-trip-part-ii-trichy-tamil.html

Andanallur Temple (specialty - Fish spa!!!): http://travel.bhushavali.com/2013/03/andanallur-temple-trichy-tamil-nadu.html

Bhoologanathar Temple (specialty - bronze statue with a unique musical instrument called Kudamuzha): http://travel.bhushavali.com/2010/11/bhuloganathar-temple-trichy-tamil-nadu.html

Temples at Sirugamani, Nangavaram, Thiruchendurai: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2011/02/trichy-temple-tour-yet-again-trichy.html

Kulithalai Kadambar Temple (specialty - Dakshina Kasi) : http://travel.bhushavali.com/2010/01/kadambar-koil-trichy-tamil-nadu.html

Pettavailthalai Temple (specialty - temple for women's issues like pregnancy, menstruation etc): http://travel.bhushavali.com/2009/09/pettavaithalai-temple-tour-trichy-tamil.html

Thirupparaithurai Temple: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2009/09/thirupparaithurai-temple-tour-trichy.html

Manathattai Agraharam (specialty - a typical village TamBrahm agraharam): http://travel.bhushavali.com/2010/01/manathattai-agraharam-trichy-tamil-nadu.html

Mukkombu Dam: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2009/05/mukkombu-perugamani-trichy-tamil-nadu.html

Trichy Rock Fort: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2010/11/trichy-temple-tour-trichy-tamil-nadu.html

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Manish Kumar DEC 10 2012
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A city that measures its history in millenias, Tiruchirappalli is a city suspended between past and present. You can sense the parallel universes that course through it; of centuries old temple shrines and state of the art roadways and flyovers. Tiruchirappalli has quite a few places to give you a sense of heritage. Some of them are:


  • Rock Fort


3.8 billion years old, the rocky outcrop, that is called Rock Fort, is as old as rocks in Greenland and much older than the Himalayas.  At its full height of 83 meters is the 2 storey Rock fort temple built by the Pallavas and rebuilt by the Nayaks. You have a climb of about 437 steps, cut out from the rock itself, before you reach the temple completely out of breath and with stars in your eyes that has nothing to do with the view from the rocky outcrop. 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, 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.


  • Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple


Dedicated to Rangnatha, reclining form of Lord Vishnu, Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple, is one of the most illustrious temples of South India, rich in lores and history. Millennia old, the temple enclosed by 7 concentric walls, with 21 gopurams (towers), 39 pavilions, 50 shrines, Ayiram kaal mandapam (a hall of 1000 pillars) and several small water bodies inside the complex, spread out over an area of 156 acres, is one of the largest religious complexes in the world. As you enter the complex you are faced with the 7 prakarams (the concentric walls), with the outer 2 being lined with shops, restaurants and flowers stalls where you can buy the necessary ritual items to pay homage. Non-hindus can continue their exploration uptil the second prakaram, but beyond that, inside the gold topped sanctum sanctorum, you will not be allowed. Over the sanctum sanctorum, is the Ranga Vimanam, in the shape of the Om symbol, plated with gold. Reclining on Adisesha, the coiled serpent, is Sri Ranganthar and at his feet sits Rangnayaki. Additionally, inside the sanctum, you can also see images of Brahma, Hanuman, Garuda and the symbols of Vishnu. The temple complex also houses shrines of the various forms of Vishnu including Chakkarathazhwar, Narasimha, Rama and Gopala Krishna. There are separate shrines for Ranganayaki and the major saints in the Vaishnava tradition.

When you come across the majestic, granite cut sculptures of rearing horses trampling the heads of tigers in a planned theater like structure, you have entered the Hall of 1000 pillars, which is really 953 pillars. The one wide aisle that runs through the center of the hall, intersected by transepts running across at right angles, is the path to take to explore the length of the hall. Built by the once mighty Vijaynagar empire, the Garuda Madapa located on the south side of the third enclosure is an addition by the Nayaks as well as the Sesha Mandap, where leaping animals are carved onto the piers at its northern end.

Adorned by grand sculptures and architecture heavily rooted in Dravidian architectural style, the sculptures throughout the magnificent, glorious complex include deities, dancers, musicians, mythological creatures and animals and scenes from courtly life.

Dominating the skyline of Tiruchirappalli is the 236 feet Rajagopuram, the second tallest temple tower in Asia. The 13- tiered Rajagopuram was built in 1987 by Ahobila Mutt and can be seen rearing in the distant skies for miles around, while the remaining 20 gopurams (tower gateway) were built between the 14th and 17th centuries.         


The inscriptions you come across in the temple belong to the Chola, Pandya, Hoysala and Vijayanagar dynasties-each having shaped the destiny of this small city. They range in the date between 9th and 16th century A.D.

Throughout its history, the temple has been invaded, its idol stolen, been the site for military encampments of various armies-its walls, inscriptions and sculptures tell a thousand stories from the Vijanagar empire’s golden age in the 3rd century B.C..

Today, the temple stands tall as proudly and majestically as it did eons ago. Throughout the year various festivals are celebrated in the temple like Vaikunta Ekadeshi, Jyestabhisheka, Brahmotsavam, Rathothsavam (the temple chariot festival) and many more.

The origin of the Orlov diamond, part of the Diamond Fund of the Moscow Kremlin’s collection, can be traced back to this temple, where it once served as the eye of the presiding deity. Among historic diamonds, this resplendent relic, in the shape and proportions of half a hen’s egg, is considered unique as it still retains its original Indian rose cut style.


  • Thiruvanaikaval


A suburb in Tiruchirappalli, located on the northern banks of river Kaveri, parallel to Srirangam island, the place is famous for the Jambukeswarar temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and Sree Akhilandeshwari. Built around 1800 years ago by the Kocengannan, one of the Early Chola, the temple, being one of the five major Shiva Temples of Tamil Nadu (Panchabhoota Sthalams) representing Mahābhūta or five great elements, represents the element of water, or neer in Tamil. Inside the sanctum, is the Shiva lingam, called the Appu lingam. According to legend, Parvathi, to conduct her penance in the form of Akilandeswari, made the lingam out of the water of river Kaveri. Inside the temple complex, there are 5 enclosures, called precincts and may not be immediately apparent to you so massive the complex is. The first massive outer wall you find your way, called Vibudi Prakara, is a mile long, 25 feet high and 2 feet thick and is said to have been built by Shiva with the help of workers. The 4th precinct has a hall with 796 pillars with a small tank fed by springs. The 3rd precinct contains the 2 gopurams (gateway towers), one 73 feet tall and the other 100 feet tall. The 2nd precinct has another gopuram 65 feet high and several small shrines. It is the last precinct where the sanctum with the Appu lingam is. The inscriptions and sculptures you see in the temple and the complex date back to the Chola era.


Since Akilandeswari worshipped Lord Shiva in this temple, even today, at noon the priest dresses like a female and offers his prayers to Jambukeswara, the main deity of the temple, and Gau Maatha (Cow). The noon prayer is very famous and a number of devotees attend it every day. A special variety of black cow, called Karam Pasu, is used for this occasion. Annabhishekam to lingam (ablution with cooked rice) is a daily ritual performed in the temple. If you are interested in traditional musical instruments, do ask the temple natives about it, as the temple also runs a school for training in nagaswaram, a classical pipe instrument in Tamil Nadu and you might be able to get some training in it.

The temple is filled with legends, myths and fascinating local lores and do remember to ask the priest about them to complete this mystical experience.

In addition to the above listed, you could also visit some temples situated at a distance from Tiruchirappalli that have immense significance to its cultural heritage and present. Venkalliamman temple (7 km from Trichy in Uraiyur), Samyapuram Mariamman (20 km from Trichy in Samyapuram), Gunaseelam temple (24 km from Trichy at the banks of river Kaveri), Thiruvellarai temple (25 km from Trichy), Ayyapan temple-are some of the temples to visit.


Adorned with enticing archaeological treasures of its past, that still interact with its daily life, Tiruchirappalli will captivate you with its charm and native beauty.

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0 people found this answer useful Useful ?Yes

Why constraint yourself to just popular. Here's a list of popular and not-so-popular places. These are some ancient temples built by Pallavas, Cholas and Nayaks in Trichy District are here:

Pallava and Pandya Cave Temples: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2010/11/pallava-pandya-cave-temples-trichy.html

Gopurapatti Amaleeswarar Temple (specialty - miniature Ramayana Panels) - http://travel.bhushavali.com/2013/02/gopurapatti-amaleeswarar-temple-trichy.html

Srinivasanallur Kuranganathar Temple (specialty - Early Chola Temple) - http://travel.bhushavali.com/2013/02/srinivasanallur-kurangunathar-temple.html

Allur Temple Tour Part 1 (specialty - built by Raja Raja Chola. His name can be seen in the inscriptions) : http://travel.bhushavali.com/2013/02/allur-temple-trip-part-i-trichy-tamil.html

Allur Temple Tour Part 2 (specialty - built by Paranthaka Chola. Little temple in the middle of paddy fields) : http://travel.bhushavali.com/2013/02/allur-temple-trip-part-ii-trichy-tamil.html

Andanallur Temple (specialty - Fish spa!!!): http://travel.bhushavali.com/2013/03/andanallur-temple-trichy-tamil-nadu.html

Bhoologanathar Temple (specialty - bronze statue with a unique musical instrument called Kudamuzha): http://travel.bhushavali.com/2010/11/bhuloganathar-temple-trichy-tamil-nadu.html

Temples at Sirugamani, Nangavaram, Thiruchendurai: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2011/02/trichy-temple-tour-yet-again-trichy.html

Kulithalai Kadambar Temple (specialty - Dakshina Kasi) : http://travel.bhushavali.com/2010/01/kadambar-koil-trichy-tamil-nadu.html

Pettavailthalai Temple (specialty - temple for women's issues like pregnancy, menstruation etc): http://travel.bhushavali.com/2009/09/pettavaithalai-temple-tour-trichy-tamil.html

Thirupparaithurai Temple: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2009/09/thirupparaithurai-temple-tour-trichy.html

Manathattai Agraharam (specialty - a typical village TamBrahm agraharam): http://travel.bhushavali.com/2010/01/manathattai-agraharam-trichy-tamil-nadu.html

Mukkombu Dam: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2009/05/mukkombu-perugamani-trichy-tamil-nadu.html

Trichy Rock Fort: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2010/11/trichy-temple-tour-trichy-tamil-nadu.html

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