You guys would have already seen my explorations at Mahabs. Apart from Mahabs too, the Pallava Kings have left their signature stone architectures in other places of Tamil Nadu as well. Trichy is another spot where the Pallavas left their traces. Infact trichy is a place where Pallavas, Cholas & Pandyas left their traces!!!
A Sunday after that grand great deal of client visit, I was sure I needed an outing so badly to refresh myself. So, why not Trichy? I started off early in the morning, at around 6.30 to reach Trichy Fort. The bus somehow took a route via Chatiram Bus Stand in Trichy. Yeah, Trichy has 2 main bus stands, the Chatiram Bus Stand and the Central Bus Stand. When the bus stopped at Chatiram I contemplated for a moment. Should I get down? Is the temple near this bus stand or the other? However I got down. Luckily that was where the fort/temple was. I walked over and there was the temple. At the base was the Manikka Vinayakar Temple. A small temple it was with a single shrine of Vinayakar.
Across the temple, is the route to the stairs that leads to the Uchi Pillayar Temple. Enroute was the Thayumanavar Temple. The Lord Shiva here is called Thayumanavar which means Thayum + Aanavar (The one who became the Mother too). The legend of the place goes that a young lady named Rathnavathi, whose parents were great devotees of Lord Shiva. The father’s name was Rathanagupthan. This young girl was married off to a guy called Dhanagupthan. He was a merchant here in Trichy. Rathnavathi used to come here to the Lord Shiva temple here (then called Sevvandhinathar) and perform prayers. During her first baby delivery, her mother wanted to come here to be beside her daughter. However, the Cauvery River here got so bulged and she couldn’t make it. Lord Shiva himself disguised as her mother and was beside her as she delivered the baby. So since He was a Mother too for the lady, he was called Thayumanavar.
The Lord here is called Thayumanavar or Sevvandhinathar or Mathrubutheswarar. His consort here is called Sukandhakundalambal or Mattuvarkuzhali (The one who has the sweet smelling hair).
The other shrines here are of Kambathadi Vinayakar, Valli Devasena Shanmugar, 63 Nayanmars, Dakshinamurthy, Vinayakar, Mahishasuramardhini, Tripurasundari, Sevvandhi Vinayakar, Somaskandhar and Sivakamasundari. Another important feature here in this temple, is the inscription of the first 49 songs of Soundarya Lahari in Grantham Script. Also shrines of Jeerakeshwarar, Dhandayudhapani, Kaalabhairavar, Chandikesar and Nalvar are present here. Another shrine that could be easily missed here is the shrine of Padala Iyyanar. This is located near the Sukandhakundalambal shrine. Well, you’ve gotta put your head down and walk if you really have to spot this shrine. It’s located down under with a little opening to view the idol.
The whole of these temples here were built by Kandiyan Deva Maharaja, Mahabali Chakravarthy, Soorarakka Chozha Maamannan. The various mandapams here were constructed by Thirumalai Savurinayakkar, Deekshapayyar, Vijaya Ranga Sokkanaga Nayakkar etc.
Another important factor that requires not only a mention but appreciation is the presence of a well maintained toilet here!!! Good!!!
Enroute while going up are the Tharumapura Mouna Aadinam shrine which is used as a meditation hall. Circumambulating this shrine too is interesting. The shrine has a very narrow circumambulatory passage. Also another hall called the ‘Nooru Kaal Mandapam’ which is essentially another hall with a hundred pillars. This was built by Periya Veerappa Nayakkar in 1565 AD.
From there, my next venture was the Lalitankura Pallavar Kugai, located half the route atop built by the Pallava Kings in 6 C AD. I’ll get back about this in my next post in detail. A separate post about it is worth it.
There atop the hillock the view was exquisite. I just felt the chill breeze hit against my face for some time before I entered the Uchi Pillayar Temple. It was built by Karikal Chozhan. There were a couple of shops there and the keychain crazy woman in me couldn’t resist one.
Back from there I tried to find out where the second Pallava Cave Temple was located and I did find out and did a bit of shopping as well in the little shops along the whole steps. Coming back about it soon!!!
To Reach There:
From Chennai: 303 km via Dindivanam, Villupuram
From Coimbatore: 203 km via Karur
Nearest Railway Station: Tiruchchirapalli
Trichy has several hotels in all price points.