Posted on Mar 21, 2022
Tiruchirappalli is regarded as the fourth largest city in Tamil Nadu. It has a very rich history, famous for the medieval temples built by the Chola rulers. Commonly called Trichy, it is surrounded by the river Kaveri and popular for its wonderful weather and lively marketplaces.
Here are the popular temples to visit in Trichy:
Srirangam Trichy of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is among the topmost Trichy temples in Tamil Nadu, on account of one of the eight self-manifested shrines of Lord Vishnu. It is intricately built: the Rajagopura is the tallest temple tower in India and the hall was built during the Vijayanagara period has 1000 pillars. One of the enclosures hosts the shrine of Ranganayaki, a reincarnation of Goddess Lakshmi (wife of Lord Vishnu).
This is considered to be the oldest Tiruchirappalli temple, due to the construction of the temple dating back to the 7th century. There are three temples in the Rockfort: The Uchchi Pillaiyar Koiland Manikka Vinayakar Temple (devoted to Lord Ganesha) and Thayumanavar Temple (dedicated to Lord Shiva). Manikka Vinayakar is believed to be the patron god of Tiruchirappalli, which makes the temple an important landmark. There are 344 steps to reach the main temple, a difficult climb but the elaborate Dravidian architecture and beautiful view of the city and rivers makes it worth it. One of the main festivals of Tamil Nadu, the Chittirai festival is celebrated over here.
Also known as Jambukeswarar Temple, it is one of the five chief Shiva temples in Tamil Nadu. It is located on an island, surrounded by the rivers Cauvery and Coleroon which also represent the element of water (neer). The sanctum contains an underground water stream that is always full of water. The shrines in the temple are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Akilandeshwari, opposite to each other displaying the relationship of the student and teacher between the two. The Nayanars, a group of poet-saints from the 3rd to 8th century devoted to Lord Shiva, included this temple in the Paadal Petra Thalam, 275 of the greatest Shiva temples on the continent.
This Trichy famous temple is known for Goddess Vekanli, who is an avatar of the Goddess Durga, who represents courage, peace and harmony. The origins of the temple can be traced back to the Chola dynasty. The temple is situated in the Woraiyur and the locals consider her as their patron goddess. Legend says that when the temple was being constructed, the goddess appeared and told them not to build a roof. The reason behind this was that until all human beings had shelter, she did not want one.
This temple is dedicated to Saptha Matha Varahi Amman, who is hailed as the fifth one of the Matrikas (group of seven mothers/goddesses). People worship her as they believe she will protect them from harm and diseases, and help with prosperity. This temple was created by Sri Varahi Daasar Boopathi Swami, a very loyal devotee of the Saptha Matha. Many festivals are celebrated, one of them being the Aadi month festival where elderly women come to pray for the good health of young girls.
One should visit Trichy in winter, between December to February as the weather is excellent. March-April are also good months as the popular Samayapuram Mariamman Temple Chariot festival is celebrated at this time, which means that experiences of both the city and the pilgrimage places will be the best during this period.