Thursday, 26 December 2013

Rockfort Temple Tiruchirapalli India


Rockfort temple (also called Ucchi Pillayar Koil) is dedicated to two famous Hindu gods - Lord Ganesha as Pillayar and Lord Shiva as Thayumanaswamy. The base of the temple is dedicated to Maanika Vinayakar. These intricately carved temples are situated on the rock, which is over 83 m high and is said to be the oldest in the world. The name 'rockfort' is attributed to the fact that it was used as a military fortification by the Vijaynagar kings and later by the British.

Between the two temples, the Shiva Temple is the bigger one and has a massive Shivling, and an inner sanctum for Parvati. This temple is beautifully carved and is two-storeyed, complete with exquisite carvings of Gangadhara (Shiva receiving the Ganges in his locks). In fact, in the month of April, the sun's rays fall directly on the lingam - an ethereal sight.The Ganesha Temple is smaller is size and accessible through rock-carved steps, approximately 417 in number. A tough climb, but well worth the stunning views of the city and Srirangam.

Rockfort Temple Tiruchirapalli India