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Jan 28, 2008 11:37 am Temples near Trichy......

Tiruvanaikovil........ near Trichy, Tamil Nadu.

A famous Siva temple, the lingam is partially immersed in water from the Cauvery. The water is a little dirty and muddy. A massive temple, with gopurams on all the four sides with very wide praharams (corridors), and a shopper's delight.

One of the most famous Siva temples in this locality with a very strong crowd coming in every day for darshan. Very close to Trichy, just about 5 kms or so from the city and well served by buses and other modes of transport.


One of the most famous Vaishnavite temple in South India, the abode of Vishnu. The temple probably with the largest gopuram in the world, which was renovated recently by a very famous Vishnu devotee and saint, Jeeyar Swamigal. Has a separate temple for Andal/Ambal and the other dieties like Ramanujar, etc.,

Very famous for its local customs, Srirangam is quite famous for its temples. You need to really walk and walk to reach the temple, with so many corridors and gopurams to cross.


A famous shrine of Murugan, the son of Siva. A very small temple by the above standards, but well known for its diety and his power, Vayalur is well served from Trichy by buses very frequently. Especially during the Sashti and other festivals, the temple resonates with Om Muruga chant.


The abode of Mariyamman, and a very famous shrine. Quite a distance from Trichy, but well served by buses and other modes of transport.

A very famous temple, the devotees of Mariyamman wear red dresses and can be seen doing a lot of devotional work at the temple. A very large temple, but needs to be maintained better, in my opinion.


The Pillayar temple, on the rockfort is the crowning glory of Trichy. Situated amidst the city, near Main Guard Gate, the temple is situated on a hillock of rocks. Quite a climb and is the topmost level you can reach in this city. The city looks quite small, when seen from the top.

The Ganesha here is very famous and powerful and even many films have been made with this nomenclature. Lot of visitors visit this temple on a daily basis and it is situated amidst a very busy and big bazaar where shopping is a festivity for anyone. The entrance is quite deceptive and does not reveal the temple's glory until you start climbing.

More in the next...... Visited all these temples recently in Nov 2007 end....

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