By far the most popular place in all of Trichy is the Rockfort Ganpathi Temple. It derives its name from it's unique building style. The temple structure comprises a huge rock, which is believed to be the oldest rock in the world, even older than The Himalayan Mountains. After climbing 344 steps, the devotees reach the main temple area. The temple has two sub parts- the Thayumanaswamy, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Pillayar, which is dedicated to Lord Ganesha.
The beautiful temple is located at about 20 km from the main city of Trichy. The Goddess worshipped here, Goddess Mariamman is believed to be the goddess of power. Mariamman is also believed to bring health and prosperity to its devotees. A strong belief is that this deity cures small pox as well as chicken pox. This temple has individual shrines for processional images of Mariamman and moolavar.
Vekkali Amman Temple is dedicated to Goddess Vekkali who is considered as an avatar of Goddess Durga. The temple is located in the village of Woraiyur in Tiruchirapalli in the South-Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The Goddess is believed to be an epitome of immense strength, willpower, peace and harmony. As one walks into the temple, they will feel the divine vibe of Vekkali Amman.
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is situated in Srirangam Town of Trichy. The temple is devoted to Lord Ranganatha, a reclining form of Lord Vishnu. The temple complex along with the surrounding area covers a total area of 156 acres. It has been constructed in Dravidian style of architecture The temple is the largest functional temple in the world.
Located in the suburb of the city Tiruchirappalli, Thiruvanaikoil Temple, also known as Jambukeshwarar Temple is one of the holiest places in Tamil Nadu, India. It is one of the Panchabhoota Temples (signifying the 5 elements of nature) and represents the water element (Neer). It is situated on an island surrounded by rivers Cauvery and Coleroon and should definitely be on your list when moving around this suburb.
Viralimalai Murugan Temple is located in the centre of the Viralimalai town of Trichy. The temple is one of the most popular temples in Tamil Nadu. The temple derives its name from the Viralimalai hill, where it is located. In order to reach the temple, you have to climb up a flight of about 207 stairs. On the way, there are also certain mandapams providing restrooms for the devotees. The temple is surrounded by orchards and varieties of trees, mainly Kura trees.
Located in the Thirupattur area near Tiruchi in the state of Tamil Nadu, Brahmapureeswarar Temple is a revered Hindu temple enshrined by Lord Brahmapureeswarar in the form of Swayambu Lingam as he is believed to have changed the destiny of Lord Brahma. Predominantly a Shiva temple, it is local myth that one can change his own fate of he seeks blessings in this temple. Lord Brahma has a separate shrine where he sits in a meditative pose in his signature lotus flower. Goddess Parvathi is also worshipped in the temple.
The Varahi Amman Temple is located in Mangal Nagar, Woraiyur in the Tiruchirapalli district of Tamil Nadu. The temple is dedicated to Saptha Matha Varahi Amman who is regarded as one of the Matrikas. The Matrikas are a group of seven mothers or Goddesses, Saptha Matha being the fifth mother. The temple in Tiruchirapalli was founded by Sri Varahi Daasar Boopathi Swami who was an extremely loyal and dedicated devotee of the seven Goddesses.
This 9th century Marvel was built by Varaguna Pandiyan II. Located in Wariyar, Tiruchirapalli, the Thanthoneeswarar Temple is a temple with Lord Shiva as the prime deity. The temple has inscriptions dating back to 885AD. According to legend, the temple was a result of the ardent devotion of Chola Queen, Kanthimathi. The temple also houses idols of Ganesha, Muruga, Kali, Swarna Akarshana Bhairavar and the Navagraha (9 Celestial Bodies). The temple is known to bless women who are seeking a child and ensure safe deliveries to prevent women. Very popular among the locals, the temple has gained massive recognition in the entire country as well as abroad.
Popularly called as the Arulmigu Kamalavalli Nachiyar Koil or Azhagiya Manavala Perumal Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Also called the Nachiyar Koil Mandir, it is believed to have been constructed around the 7th Century in Dravidian style architecture. Located in Tiruchirapalli, the temple has a high religious significance for the Vishnu devotees. It is one of Lord Vishnu’s 108 Desams and also the birthplace of Thiruppan Alvar, one of the Alvar saints. Serthi Sevai, a homecoming festival, is very popular among all the festivals celebrated at the temple. Other festivals celebrated at the temple include Dolostava, Vasanthothsava and Navratri. With a five-tier grand entrance the Temple is a Tamilian Architectural Masterpiece that has devotees from all over the country and world.
Housing Lord Shiva, who is locally referred to as Boolganathar, the Sri Boolganathar Shiva Temple is located in Trichy, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu. This huge 3 tiered structure has Arda Mandapam, Maha Mandapam, Sanctum and two outer Mandapams. Shrines for various other deities such as Natraja, Shivakami, Surya, Ganesh and many more. The Temple proudly celebrates various festivals throughout the year. Vaikasi Vikasam in May-June, Aadi Pooram in July August, Navarathari in September-October, Skanda Sashti in October-November, and Tirukarthikai in November December. Thai Poosam and Thirtha Utsav are other festivals celebrated here at the beginning of the year. The mandir also has 5 holy trees which are highly respected by the devotees. The temple sees hundreds of devotees every day coming to worship the Shiva Linga, and other deities of the temple.
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