Rock Fort of Trichy
This fort is an important landmark of Trichy. It is an 83 metre (237 ft.) high rock that is the only projection in the otherwise flat land of the city. This is probably the oldest rock in the world as old as the rocks of Greenland. The Himalayas are quite young rocks compared to its age.
One can see many fascinating temples with brilliant architecture in it. Some of them are the Thayumanavar temple, a Siva shrine in the middle and a Ganesa temple at the top called 'Uchipillaiar Koil'. There are two Pallava cave temples, one on the way to the Pillaiar Koil and the other in the northwest end of the street around the hill. Here, the presiding deity is the Thayumanava Swami temple, which is a projection of the rock itself. There are total 437 steps cut into a tunnel through the rock, which lead to the deity. In this temple, there is a 100-pillared wall and a vimanam covered with gold. The Pallava king Mahendra Varman built this cave temple in the 6th century A.D. There is a beautiful carving of Gangadhara inside the temple. One can see the whole city from the Uchipillaiar Koil.
Nadirshah Mosque of Trichy
This mosque is situated to the west of the city. This mosque contains the remains of Nawabs Mohammed Ali and the headless body of Chanda Sahib who were the principal cause for the Carnatic Wars. Lots of devotees belonging to all faiths visit here being attracted by the tomb of saint Babbayya Nadir Shah.
The term 'Rangam' means island and Srirangam is the island between Cauvery and Kollidam. Sri Ranganatha is lying here on his Adi Sesha (snake) couch. Seven large enclosures and 21 majestic gopurams surround the main sanctum of Sri Ranganatha here. Ranga Vilasam and Seshagiri Royal Mandapam are situated on the south of the temple with marvellous sculptural splendour. The main deity is preserved within the first Corridor. The vimanam shaped like Omkara is plated with gold. As per the legends, it is said that the temple existed buried under the sand. But, again as per other evidences, the Chola King Dharmavarman constructed this temple.
Vaikunda Ekadasi festival is very famous in this temple. At that time, the Paramapada Vasal (Paradise Gate) is opened and lakhs of pilgrims rush to enter it as it is believed that one who enters here will reach Vaikunta after death.
This is a Siva temple and is in the same island of Trichy on the other side of the railway line. This is one of the Pancha Bootha Sthalam (five elements) and it is called Appu (water) Lingam. Here, the water element is represented. The deity is in water. The lingam here is surrounded by a perennial subterranean spring.
This temple has a peculiar practice as per which the priest wears a woman's dress while performing the midday puja. The presence of Eka-Pada-Tirumurthi in which the trinity Siva, Vishnu and Brahma are combined in one is another peculiar feature of this temple.
There are five enclosures in this temple of Trichy and the walls reach a height of 35 ft. There are also numerous sculptures of rare beauty, which can be seen everywhere in the temple. There is a figure of a nomadic gypsy with her palm-leaves woven basket in the temple. It is near the sanctum of Sri Sankara.
Samayapuram Mari Amman Koil
This is a very well known temple near Thiruvanaikkaval. It is said that the grace of Mari Amman turned an illiterate fool into a poet here. Thousands of devotees visit this temple every day.
Vayalur is situated 8 kms from Trichy. There is a famous Murugan temple here amidst bushy green fields. Sri Kripananda Variar, the famous devotee of Lord Muruga built the gopuram of this temple.
It is a very beautiful spot, suitable for picnic. It is about 18 kms from Trichy. The route is filled with green-carpeted fields. The river Cauvery branches off into Kollidam (Coleroon) in this part of Trichy. A beautifully organised park can also be seen here. A barrage also exists here, which is called Upper Anaicut.
It is situated 10 kms from Trichy. It is famous for an ant (erumbu), who worshipped Lord Siva and got bliss. There are 3 prakaras or enclosures, one down the hill and the other two up the hill in this temple. This is a Chola period temple. The beautiful sculpture of Gangalamurthi is a very attractive structure here.
It is about 15 kms from Trichy. This place is famous for its Pallava cave temple and a strange swastika well belonging to the period of Dantivarman.
This place is situated near Trichy and is famous for an early Chola temple built by Parantaka I. This temple has beautiful sculptures. Brahmapuriswara is the presiding deity of Pullamangai. The Chola sculptures of this temple have various contain those of the ganas or demons that worship Siva. These are carved with minute details, expressive faces, pot-bellied in fantastic poses. These structures can be seen mainly on the roof of the Ardha Mandapam. The attractive sculptures found here include that of Brahma, Lingodhbhava, Dancing Siva and eight-armed Durga.
Here, one can see the famous church built by the well-known. Catholic missionary, Constantine Joseph Beschi, popularly known as Veeramamunivar. He has done yeoman service to Tamil. The first modern Tamil dictionary called 'Chathur Agarathi' was compiled by him.
Besides, there are several other churches, colleges and missions of 1760's here. Trichy has excellent infrastructural facilities. Hence, it can be a convenient place to see east-central Tamilnadu.
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