Trichy a.k.a Tiruchirappalli is a beautiful and hot district in Tamilnadu. It is an important commercial, manufacturing and educational hub. In 2016, the district won the title as “The 3rd cleanest city in India”. The city is prominent in many historical monuments and temples. Let us see some of the popular temples in Trichy.
Uchi Pillayar Temple
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This temple is specially dedicated to Lord Ganesha and situated on the peak of Malaikovil (Rockfort). The temple stands at a height of 273 ft from the land. 417 steps have to be climbed to reach the top of the temple. This hill-cave temple was built during the Mahendra Pallava Gunaparana dynasty in the sixth century. The pilgrims can take a panoramic view of the entire Trichy and Srirangam temple from this temple.
Under the rock, Manikka Vinayagar welcomes the devotees. Thayumanavar temple is located at the next level which is halfway to the peak. At the Rockfort foot, a beautiful Theppakkulam can be seen. This temple tank is used during the float festival of the temple. The hill contains two carved caves. Epigraphic details are carved in the upper caves. 104 divine verses are carved in the lower cave. Vinayagar Chaturthi, Adi pooram, and Skanda Sasti are the main festivals in Uchi Pillaiyar Temple.
Sri Rangam Temple
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Sri Ranganathar Temple is situated 10 km from Trichy. This temple is especially dedicated to Lord Vishnu who is in reclining posture here. This illustrious temple is enclosed by seven concentric walls, 21 gopurams (towers), 50 shrines, Ayiram Kaal mandapam (1000 pillars hall), with many little water bodies. The temple is spread over 156 acres and this is largest functioning Hindu temple in the world. The idol of Lord Ranganathar was designed in 21 feet long. Here river Cauvery flows around Srirangam like a garland. Pranavakara Vimanam in this temple is completely gold plated.
The height of the Rajagopuram is about 236 feet which is the biggest temple tower in Asia. Sri Ranganathar and Goddess Ranganayagi thaayaar jointly give darshan on Panguni Uthiram festival. Ramanjuar, Lord Dhanvanthri temple are located on the premises of the temple. Sri Ranganathar is reclined on fived-headed divine serpent Adisesha. Thiru Adipooram, Adiperukku, Dolotsavam, Vaikuntha Ekadasi, and Navarathri are the festivals celebrated here grandly.
Samayapuram Mariamman Temple
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This temple is solely dedicated to Goddesses Kali, Durga, and Parvathi. Samayapuram temple is the second most prosperous temple in Tamilnadu and thousands of devotees throng here every day. The idol of the main deity Samayapurathal was made of clay and sand. The deities in the temple are effective to cure deadly ailments and illness with their divine power. A sweet dish Chakkarai Pongal is offered to the main deity and then served to the poor people and devotees. Tuesday, Friday, and Sundays are considered as the main days to visit the goddess and get blessings. Thai poosam and Chithirai Chariot (Ther) are the main festivals here. The latter festival is celebrated continuously for 13 days in the month of April.
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Thiruvanaikkaval Jambukeswaram is a popular temple of Lord Shiva in Trichy. Kochengata Chola built this temple around 1800 years ago. This temple is one of the Paadal Petra Sthalams where the four revered Saivite Saints sang about the deity in the temple. The temple contains inscriptions of Chola period. Jambukeswarar Temple is one of the pancha bootha sthalams where Lord Shiva manifested himself as “water”. Hence, the temple is referred as “Neer Sthalam”. The Jambukeswarar sanctum has an underground water stream and as it is being pumped out, the sanctum is filled with water ever. The consort of Jambukeswarar is Devi Akilandeshwari. Aadi pooram, Aadi velli, Aadi theppam, Thai poosam, Navarathri, Thai theppam, Pidari Amman festivals are celebrated in this temple every year.
The ancient temples not only offer the deities power to the devotees but also make us understand about the ruler, dynasty, and other historical nuggets.
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