Thursday, August 11, 2022



It is 325 km south west of Madras. Tiruchirappalli was the heart of Tamil Nadu, situated at the head of the Kaveri delta. The Pallavas, Pandyas and Cholas chose this city for their  feudal wars. The city is known for its temple architecture.

The Rock Fort It is 272ft above the city on the banks of the river Cauvery.  The rock cut into 437 steps, leads to the temple.  The temple is dedicated to Lord Vinayaka (the mythical half-man, half-bird Garuda who is Vishnu's Vehicle, famous in the Epic Mahabharata). Along the way to temple there are landings and shrines. There are cave temples cut into the rocks, dedicated to Ganesh (the elephant God) and Shiva.  There is an excellent view of the city from the top of this fort. 

At the base of the Rock Fort, there are two temple bazaars which sell all items especially items for worship.  Wood and clay toys are the traditional products of the region. Open from 06.00 to 20.00

The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple  This temple is at Sri Rangam Island, in the middle of the Cauvery river. This temple was built by various dynasties including the cheras, Pandyas,Cholas, Hoysalas and the Vijayanagar Empire between 13th and 18th centuries.  It covers an area of 2.5 and the main temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple with seven concentric walls and 22 gopurams has a north to south orientation. Sri Rangam island is also known as a centre for religious philosophy and learning. The great Vaishnava acharya Ramanuja taught and wrote in the Srirangam School during the 11th century.

Sri Jambukeswara Temple  This temple is situated  about 2.5 km east of the Sri Ranganathaswamy temple. It has an interior with a large central court, an excellent example of  the Dravidian architecture of A D 1600.  The rampant dragons, elaborate foliated brackets and royal Nayak portraits are incorporated to its courtyards pillars. 

Thiruvanaikkaval  It is the another shrine to Shiva, 6 Km east of Srirangam,  named for a legendary elephant that worshipped the linga.  It has five walls and seven gopurams with a finest Dravidian architecture work.