Trichy has a very vibrant past. The city is said to be around 2500 years old. Cholas, Pallavas, Nayaks and Marathas have ruled the city of Trichy during the course of history. Nearly all of them have contributed to the vibrant and colorful heritage of the city. The place was later rules by British and the influence of the same can be seen on the modern establishments in the city. All of them have left something or other for us to see and appreciate. Here we name a few: -
Temple The Rock Fort Temple is the landmark to the city of Trichy. The
fort is situated on the banks of river Kaveri. The Rock Fort is located
on a massive rocky outcrop that suddenly spurts amidst flat land. The
temple that is located 300 feet above the sea level is dedicated to Lord
Shiva. The gigantic temple has a 100-pillar hall and a Vimana covered
with gold. On the southern face of the rock, there are several
beautifully carved rock-cut cave temples of the Pallava period.
The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam is situated 6 kilometers
from the downtown Trichy. The temple is one of the most revered shrines
that are dedicated to Lord Vishnu in India. It is the largest temple in
the world after the famous Angkor Vat in Cambodia. Shrouded in a haze of
coconut palms away to the north, the temple is built on an island in the
middle of the Kaveri. The temple complex comprises seven
rectangular-walled courtyards and as many as 21 Gopurams. The temple
contains some of the best rock carvings in India.
The Jambukeshwara Temple that is situated just 2 kilometers from the
famous Srirangam temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple complex
comprises 5 concentric walls and seven Gopurams. The principal deity is
the Shiva lingam, almost submerged in water, which flows from the
subterranean spring that lies near the main sanctum.
The Mariamman Temple is located just 10 kilometers from the downtown
Trichy. Mariamman is one of the most popular and most visited temples in
the Peninsular India. The temple is dedicated to Mariamman, a
manifestation of the primeval energy 'Shakti' as the mother Goddess.
Local beliefs associate the deity with cures for diseases such as small
pox and chicken pox.
Samayapuram was a provincial capital of the Vijayanagar rulers that is
located in the vicinity of Tiruchirapalli. It was also known as
Other temples in and around the city include Vayalur Subramniya Temple,
Anbil, Appakudathan and Thiruvallarai Vishnu Temples, Uraiyur Nachiyaar
Temple, Uraiyur Vekkali Amman Temple, Thiruppaigeeli Siva Temple,
Gunaseelam Vishnu Temple and Thirupparaithurai Shiva temple.
Apart from that the city boasts off St. Joseph's Church that is
situated within the St. Joseph College Campus. This Portuguese-British
Church has got some of the best glass-paintings in India. The
architecture of this Church is unique because of the fusion elements
involved in it.