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View from the Rock fort: Trichy, Kaveri river and the island of Sri Rangam

Thiruchirappalli, also known as Trichy together with the island of Sri Rangam is a place where the world’s biggest hindu temple is situated. Trichy or Tiruchirappali (sanskrit: trishirapuram) is named after a three-headed deamon Trishira who is said to did penances at this place. During the history it was ruled by various great kings. Situated on the banks of the river Kaveri, city has witnessed rises and falls of many South Indian dinasties like Cholas, Pallavas, Pandyas etc.

Trichy

In the middle of the town there is a huge 80 metre high rock and at the top of the rock there is a fort. It is said that the rock is one of the oldest in the world, more then 3 bilion years old. At the top of the rock there are two small temples dedicated to Lord Ganesha and Lord Shiva and you have to walk up 430 steps to reach it. It is said that this rock is one of three pieces blown off Mount Meru by Vayu, the Wind God.

Rock fort

2 km from Trichy, there is the island of Sri Rangam. The temple of Sri Rangam is glorified by many poets and sages. Its glories are also described in the Divya prabandham, 4000 verses composed by the South Indian saints Alvars. The temple is enclosed by 7 walls and 21 gopurams and occupies an area of 630 000 square meters. The highest gopuram, the tallest in the Asia, Rajagoupram, is  73 meter high.

Rajagopuram

Inside the temple walls there is an impresive 1000 pillar hall. In temple complex there are many shrines, but presiding Deity is Lord Ranganathar which statue  is 6.4 meter long.

Gopurams and the sanctum covered with gold

Gopuram detail

It is said that the Deity of Sri Ranganathar was worshipped by Ravana’s brother Vibhishana and it was visited by many great sages like Sri Caitanya and Ramanuja who made Sri Rangam his headquaters to preach his philosophy.

 

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2 thoughts on “Thiruchirappalli and Sri Rangam

  1. Hey there,

    I´ve been going through re-visiting the blogs of bloggers who were nice enough to leave a comment on my blog at one point. Your photographs are great, this looks like quite the place worthy of a visit! Just wanted to stop by and say I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award (not that I really know much of what that is haha) but check it out here: http://mytravelmap.wordpress.com/2011/12/07/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    Thanks for sharing your story with us!
    Nate

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