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The famous Rock Fort temple of South India is located in Tiruchirapalli of Tamil Nadu.rock fort temple, rock fort temple tours, rock fort temple tamil nadu, tour to rock fort temple, tamil nadu rock fort temple, rock fort temple in india It is one of the most visited temples of the state. Infact, tourism in Tiruchirapalli revolves round the Rock Fort temple.

Accommodation and Connectivity

Tiruchirapalli is an important railway junction of Southern India. There are direct trains to the place from most major towns and cities of India.

Tiruchirapalli also has an international airport. Apart from domestic carriers, flights from the gulf region and South East Asia also fly to Tiruchirapalli. The road network to the place is also very good.

One of the better developed city of Tamil Nadu with a huge tourism potential, Tiruchirapalli has adequate accommodation facilities for the tourists.

The Rock Fort Temple

History

Legend has it that the three peaks on the hill where the temple stands were occupied by Shiva, Parvati and Vinayaka. rock fort temple, rock fort temple tours, rock fort temple tamil nadu, tour to rock fort temple, tamil nadu rock fort temple, rock fort temple in india The hill is said to be one of three pieces that flew of the Himalayas after a fierce battle between mythical snake Adi Seshan and Wind God Vayu.

Rock FortThe Rock Fort Temple was originally built by the Pallavas as a small cave temple. Later on, the Nayakas took advantage of the naturally fortified position of the rock and developed it to its present position. Contributions made by the Vijaynagar rulers and Nayaks of Madurai must also be acknowledged.

The Position

The majestic Rock Fort temple is actually a collection of three temples - Manikka Vinayakar temple is located at the foot of the hill, Uchhi Pillayar Koyil at the very top and Taayumaanavar Koyil Shivastalam at the middle of the hill.rock fort temple, rock fort temple tours, rock fort temple tamil nadu, tour to rock fort temple, tamil nadu rock fort temple, rock fort temple in india The devotee is required to climb a number of steps to reach the temples at the top.

The Deity

Kangaala Moorthy, one of the 64 manifestations of Lord Shiva is worshipped in the Rock Fort Temple.

Architecture

It is probably one of the few temples in India which has so meticulously been carved out from a rock mountain. The Lalitankura Pallaveswaran, a rock cut Pallava temple here has several inscriptions of Mahendravarma Pallavan period. The two storeyed Taayumaanavar temple has a granite chain with nine loops. The view of all the temples from below the ground looks awesome. This rock cut temple has several inscriptions of Chola and Pallava period.

The Temple Services and Festivals

Six worship services are done every day in the temple. The festivals celebrated prominently in the temple are the annual Bhrammotsavam, Aadi Pooram and the float festival. Tourism in Tiruchirapalli revolves round the Rock Fort Temple. The view of all the temples from below the ground looks awesome.

The Rock Fort temple complex in Tiruchirappalli is a collection of three temples - the Manikka Vinayaka temple at the foot of the hill, the Uchhi Pillayar Koyil at the top of the hill and the Taayumaanava Koyil (Shivastalam) on the hill. This Shivastalam is a rock cut temple on a hill in the most prominent landmark in Tiruchirappalli (Trichy); reached by a flight of steps on the way to the famous Ucchi Pillaya temple.

About The Temple
This shrine houses Kangaala Moorthy, one of the 64 manifestations of Shiva. The approach to the temple is through a flight of covered stairs. Towards the end of the climb, the Tayumanavar temple is towards the west and the Uchipillayar temple towards the east.

There is a rock cut Pallava temple - Lalitankura Pallaveswaram in this hill temple complex, with several inscriptions here attributed to Mahendravarma Pallavan. In addition the Cholas, the Vijayanagar rulers and the Nayaks of Madurai have made extensive contributions here. The two storeyed Taayumaanava temple, built on (in!) a hill is a masterpiece of construction. The Chittira Mandapam (also spelt as Mandapa) houses a granite chain with nine loops.

History
Tiruchirappalli itself has a long history, going back to the centuries before the Christian era, when it was a Chola citadel. The Pandyas and Pallavas held sway over the region for short periods. In the 12th century, Cholas were subverted by the Vijayanagar kings of Hampi, who proudly withstood the invading Muslims. Less than fifty years later, the Nayaks of Madurai came to power, constructed the Rock Fort, and firmly established Tiruchirappalli as the trading city.

Festivals
Six worship services are offered each day here. This well endowed temple celebrates the annual Brahmotsavam in Chithirai. Aadi Pooram and the float festival in Panguni are also of significance here.

Places to stay in Tamilnadu
Accommodation is available at the star and moderate class hotels, lodges and hostels in Trichy.

How to Get There

* Air
The nearest airport from Mahabalipuram is Chennai, located around 60-km away. One can get flights for almost all major destinations in India and abroad.
* Rail
The nearest railway station is Chengalpattu, around 29-km away from Mahabalipuram. Trains for Chennai and several other major cities in South India are available from here.
* Road
Mahabalipuram is connected by road to Chennai, Tirukkalikundram (Pakshithirtham), Kanchipuram (65-km), and Pondicherry.

Tourist Information about Rock Fort Temple
Timings: 6.00am to 8.00pm

 


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