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PRASANNA VENKATASALAPATHI TEMPLE, THURAIYUR

Arulmigu Prasanna Venkatachalapathi temple lies at the top of Perumalmalai that lies 960 feet above ground level in pachaimalai hills, 3 km from Thuraiyur in Tiruchirappalli district. This temple is said to be constructed by the grand son of Karikal Chozhan. The kings are later named as Karuppannar and Veeraswamy and are worshipped in the temple .Musical pillars are seen here. The stone sculptures of ten avathars of Lord Vishnu are here. The Goddess here is named as Alamelumangai Thayar..All the Saturdays of Tamil month of 'puratasi' (September-October ) are celebrated in a grand manner, during which time more number of pilgrims are visiting this temple .Hundreds of devotees are taking part in the Girivalam procession around the Perumalmalai hillock on all full-moon days.

KORANGANATHA TEMPLE- SRINIVASANALLUR

Koranganatha temple situated on the banks of the river Cauvery at Srinivasanallur about 50 kms from Tiruchy on the Tiruchy - Salem highway, has some of the finest early Chola stone sculptures and with good architecture .This heritage temple, declared as a monument by ASI , is not a living temple.


VENKATESA PERUMAL TEMPLE- GUNASEELAM

Arulmigu Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal Temple lies 16 Kms from Tiruchirappalli at Gunaseelam, on the northern banks of the river Cauvery During the Uchi kala pooja ( 11:30 am to 12:30 hrs ) and Artha Jama Pooja ( 08: 30 PM ) the holy water is sprinkled on the devotee which is said to be expiating all kinds of evil effects and mind diseases. During the whole Dhanu month( Dec - Jan ) Koodaravalli and Vaikunda Ekatasi festivals take place. Apart from that Purattasi saturdays , float festival and Brahmotsavam are also important festivals here . Annual festival is celebrated during the month of September-October with the famous car festival.


NEELLIVANESWARAR TEMPLE THIRUPAINGILI

Arulmigu Viswanathar temple , otherwise called Neelivaneswarar temple lies 20 kms north - west of Tiruchirappalli . The Sorudaieeswarar shrine associated with the divine poet Appar , Athikara Vallavar ( Somaskander ) who gave rebirth to Yama ( god of death ) cave shrine , the Siva rock hewn shrine is said to be done by Mahendravarma Pallava , otherwise called Gunabaran ,during 640 AD .

Plantain tree is workshipd here and poojas are performed to the tree .which has been decorated and worshipped . Both men and women, including Christians and even Muslims perform poojas to the plantain tree especially on the Sundays and Fridays. All the articles needed for the special poojas are also available in the temple campus itself, he added. The temple has preserved hundreds of invitations received from those whose marriages have been solemnized after they performed the poojas.

There is no Navagraha shrine separately as the steps leading to the main shrine is said to be Navagrahas. In front of statue of the Nandhi, the Navagrahas are prayed by lighting the stone cavern hole lamps made on the floor. The name of the goddess is Vishalakshi/ Neelnedunkanni amman.

There are many stone inscriptions in this temple. Rajendra chola - I Rajathi Rajan-I and Chola kings donated for regular daily poojas and maintenance of the temple. Chinnandavar & Periyandavar, rural guardian deities are also located in the temple premises. Karthigai festival is a noted festival here. This temple is also called ' south kailash'. The statue of Suthamahamunivar lies in the outer precincts of the temple. The shrine of lord vishnu named Senthamaraikannan lies inside the temple.

There is also a good fresh water spring 2 kms north of the temple on the way to Arulmigu Pundarikatsha Perumal temple, Thiruvellarai 2 kms from the spring .

MARAGATHALESWARASWAMI TEMPLE THIRUENGOIMALAI

Thiruengoimalai Arulmigu Maragathaleswara swami Temple lies 40 kms from Tiruchirappalli and 5 kms from Musiri, Taluk headquarters in Tiruchirappalli District. Thiruengoimalai lies between Musiri and Thottiam. The hillock is otherwise called Maragathamalai / Thenkailayam / Sivasakthimalai / Malaikovil / Erattaimalai. Name of the Goddess is Maragathambigai / Maragathavalli. God is also named as Maragathasalanathar/ Malaikozhundar / Achutheeswarar / Birameswarar / Indreekarar / Threethar.

The river Cauvery passes nearby the hillock. The river 'Surpanathi' passes adjoining the hillock. The river is otherwise called Kondayurumarai or Kondamarai. The name is said to be a corruption of Thiru-i-ongaimalai ('the' holy high bees 'mountains')and to have been so called because the sage Agastya , finding the gates of the Siva temple closed one evening, turned himself into a bee and so obtained entrance to perform his worship. The lingam of the temple is said to be transparent and also to throw a green shadow when camphor is burned. It is therefore called the ('Emerald') Maragathalingam.The god is connected with the deities of kadambarkovil and Ratnagiri. At all these three temples Mondays in Karthigai and the Taipoosam day are special holy days. The temple is sung in Devaram also. At the base of the temple lies Bogar Sidha temple. 500 vertical steps lead to the temple at the top of the hillock. Poet Nakkeerar has sung a booklet named Eengoi-Ezhupathu ( 70 Eengoi songs)


MATRARI VARATHAR TEMPLE THIRUVASI

Tiruvasi (the corruption of its ancient name of Tiruppachil Asramam) is on the northern bank of river Kollidam (Coleroon). There lies Matrarivaradar and Balambigai temple 12 kms from Tiruchy on the road to Musiri and Salem. On the northern bank of Kollidam and on the south side of the main road, there is an ancient early Chola temple of the period of Aditya I called that of Tiruk-Kadambatturai Udaiya Mahadevar (now named Matsyapurisvarar temple) at Tudaiyar.


AMALEESVARAR TEMPLE- GOPURAPATTI


This is a small village west of Tiruvasi (alias Tirupachil Asramam). There is an early Chola temple in ruins here, but scientifically renovated and restored to its barest original form. Lord of the temple is called Thiru Amaleesvaram Udaiya Mahadevar in the inscriptions. Other temples in the Agri., field are also worth visiting.

NITYA SUNDARESWARA SWAMI TEMPLE TIRUNEDUNGALAM

Nityasundareswaraswami ( Thirunedungalanathaswami ) temple is at a village 5 kms north of Thiruverumbur via Thuvakudi .This temple of great antiquity, is included in the Kshertavenba of the Tamil saint, the Ayyadigal kadavarkon, who should be ascribed to the days before Appar and Sambandar. Varahi here is worshipped specially even by devotees of Coimbatore region with specific vows.
PARAMESWARAR TEMPLE- TIRUMANGALAM

Parasuramesvarar temple is near Lalgudi and is reached by turning left at the 15th kms from Tiruchy on the Tiruchy-Ariyalur road.From the main road, the village is 2 kms. And the main temple is dedicated to Samavedeeswarar and the amman is Loganayaki. The temple is a very old one dating back to the days of Rajaraja .

SAPTHARISHEESWARAR TEMPLE- LALGUDI

Thiruthavathuri, now called lalgudi, is situated on the banks of river Coleroon,(known also as north Cauvery,) about 20 kms from Tiruchy. The temple here has won a unique place among the temples of Tamilnadu, in that it was here that the seven rishes,atri, brihu, pulsithar, vasistar, gauthamar, aangeerasar and marichi, prayed the presiding deity, Saptharisheeswarar, to ward off the bad period they were passing through.The temple areas and mandapams were extended by the Parantaka kings.

THIUPARAITHURAI NATHAR TEMPLE- THIRUPPARAITHURAI

Thirupparaithurai is 20 kms from Tiruchy in Karur road. Name of the God is Paraithurainathar and the name of the Goddess is Ponmylambigai. Sambandar, Appar and Manikkavasagar have sung the deities here.The temple has huge walls and lies on the banks of Cauvery in green setting.

SAMBATHGOWRI AMMAN  NANDHIKESWARAR SIVA TEMPLE THURIYUR

Arulmigu Maha Sambathgowri Amman - Nandhikeswarar Siva temple lies in the heart of the Thuraiyur town, 48 kms from Tiruchirappalli. The Lord is sung by Appar, Arunagirinathar and other Saivite saints. This temple is added with shrines during 8th - 14th centuries.It is said that Iyyanar, Pidari, Nagakanni, Indran, Thirumal, Venuvanamunivar, Parasaran have prayed the Lord Siva here. The temple tank is called 'Nandhi Theertham. It is told that the Sundra Chozhan, named the Linga here as 'Nandhikeswarar. There are many life size exquisitely carved stone sculptures in the temple. There is a Nagakanni Amman statue enshired in this temple .During all fridays, during Raghukalam (10.30 am to 12.00 Noon ) Special poojas are conducted for this Goddess, to expiate the sin of Raghu- Kethu, delay in marriages etc. There is a beautiful centre Mandapam (Maiya Mandapam) in a dilapidated condition in the big irrigation tank nearby the temple. Sri Vedantha Mahadesigar temple also lies here. During all festive days of Lord Siva, more number of devotees are visiting the Nandhikeswara temple.

KAMALAVALLI NACHIYAR TEMPLE, WORAIYUR

The presiding deity here is in the sitting posture with Shri Azhahiya Manavala Perumal standing behind . .This is the second of the 108 famous shrines of vishnu blessed with Mangalasasanam by Nammalvar. The temple is in existence even before 7 th century. The inner wall of the shrine of Nammalvar has brilliant wall paintings over 200 years old repainted 60 years back ,depicting the Matsa and Narashimha avatars , Acharyas, Alwars, Vaishnavite mythology ,the law of justice and dharma as enunciated by Ambarisha etc .


NANDRUDAYAN TEMPLE , EAST BOULEVARD ROAD, TIRUCHY

The Nandrudayan temple In Devadhanam ,in the east Boulevard Road , Tiruchy boasts Adi Vinayaga Granite Idol depicting Lord Ganesa with his original divine face without the usual elephantine head and the trunk.The four- feet tall Adi Vinayakar is installed In a separate shrine close to the sanctum sanctorum in the Nandrudayan Vinayakar Temple and the divine grace of the brilliantly sculptured granite idol is indeed captivating.


ALAGARAI VILLAGE -MUSIRI


Pieces of pottery, beads and bangles and other ceramic evidence helping to trace human history in the third or forth century before the Christian era have been found in excavation in this village.
 

PANCHANADISVARAR TEMPLE-ALLUR

The Panchanadeesvarar temple lies in Allur 10 kms from Tiruchy on the main road to Karur running along the southern bank of the Cauveri. The deity is called Thiru Vadagudi Paramesvarar ( or ) Mahadevar.

VADA TIRTHANATHAR TEMPLE -ANDANALLUR

Andanallur called Andavanallur in inscriptions lies on the road from Tiruchy to Karur, between Allur and Tiruchchendurai and 12 kms from Tiruchy. It has an ancient chola temple called Vada Tirthanathar ( or ) Thiru Alandurai Mahadevar.

ERUMBEESWARAR TEMPLE-THIRUVERUMBUR

This temple is located 15 kms east of Tiruchirappalli on the way to Thanjavur. In a 60 ft hillock lies the Erumbeeswarar Narun kuzhal nayagi temple build by early chola rulers. This temple is sung by the poet Appar. This temple is a protected monument under the control of the A.S.I. The sculptures and a dilapidated madapam and the fine garden maintained by BHEL is worth visiting. The temple tank and the temple car are of interest to the visitor.

SUNDARESWARER TEMPLE -NANGAVARAM

Nangavaram is 18 kms north west of Tiruchy .It has an ancient Sundareswarar temple and a Pidari temple. It is said that the daughter of a Chola king of Uraiyur was born with the face of a jackal and by her devotion to the lord of this place, she came to have the normal human features. Hence this place is called Mangai-varam ( or) Nangai-varam, whose correct form is Nangavaram. The village is called Arinjigai Sathur vedhimangalam. A stone panel with 24 Jain Theerthangaras is worth visiting here.

KAILASAMUDAIYAR TEMPLE- CHOLAMADEVI

Amidst lush green paddy fields and sylvan surroundings on the northern banks of Uyyakondan channel in a hamlet named Cholamadevi near Thiruverumbur, 12 kms from Tiruchy City, stands the dilapidated Kailasmudaiyar temple. It dates back to the 11th century (1065 A.D) and is a treasure house of historic information.

 
UYYAKONDANATHAR/UJJIVANESWARAR TEMPLE-UYYAKONDAN THIRUMALAI

Uyyakondanthirumalai is 5 kms from Tiruchirappalli. It is otherwise called Karkudi.Name of the God is Uyyakondanathar / Ujjivaneswarar and name of the Goddess is Maivizhiammai .The Temple lies in a small hillock and the main deity is facing western direction. There are two shrines for the Goddesses here. Sambandar, Appar and Sundarar have sung the God here.

SUNDARESWARAR TEMPLE- PALUR (PALUVUR)

Palur is a village in Tiruchy taluk. About 800 meters short of Allur on the Tiruchy -Karur road, a katcha road branches off in south to reach the hamlet, at the north-eastern corner of which is an early Chola siva temple, now called that of Sundareswarar. ( Nakkan Parameswarar )

RAJAKESARI VINNAGARAM TEMPLE- KOTTAMANGALAM

Sri Rajakesari Vinnagara Emperuman Temple Kottamangalam is about a kilometer and a half west of Kattur, which is 3 kms from Lalgudi in the Tiruchy district. In this village, there is a ruined Siva temple called that of Brahmesvara Udaiya Nayanar. Ayyanar temple, a Pidari temple and a ruined Vishnu temple are also here.

 

AGASTEESWARAR TEMPLE - PERUNGUDI

On the northern wall of the central shrine of Agasteeswarar Temple , there is an inscription of Parakesarivarman.(Adithya II). It records a gift of land for a lamp to the temple by the wife of Sembiyan Uratturnattukkon alias Mayilan Tindan of Pudukkudi.The Agasteeswarar temple is a monument of the days of Sundara Chola and Aditya.

 

MASILAMANEESWARAR TEMPLE- UTATUR (URATUR)

Uttattur, whose ancient name was Urrattur is about 3.2 kms south-east of Padalur, which is 34 kms from Tiruchy on the Tiruchy - Chennai trunk road. It has an early Chola temple, constructed by Rajaraja Chola. The Gopuram and a few Mandapams have been constructed by Nayaks. The presiding deity is Suttha Rathneswarar with the consort Akhilandeswari. This temple near Nandiar is associated with the seven sacred rivers of India. Once the Siva here adjudged Ganges as the supreme among them and so ordered his vahana nandhi to face her side than his, the scene can be seen now. The Brahma Theertham well lies in between the main deity and nandhi devar, which is very sacred. The wooden temple car has exquisite sculptures.

Gothanda Ramar ancient temple, Muruga temple in the nearby Hillock, and Chelliamman temple are worth visiting here.

 

KAILASANATHAR & BRAHMA PUREESWARAR TEMPLES- THIRUPATTUR

The Kailasanathar temple constructed by the Pallavas is on the lines of the Kailasanathar temple, Kancheepuram. The big stone bull and the sudai made sculptures here are worth visiting.Here are shrines for twelve Lingas of Saivism. One shrine is dedicated to Mandooganathar with the Linga having a hole in memory of the frog that has worshipped him. The Kailasanathar temple is a monument to be preserved for its heritage value.

The Brahama Sambath Gowrisamede Brammapureeswarar shrine is adjoining the Pallava temple in the same complex. There is a separate shrine for Brahma, the creator who has been given back the creation power by Lord Siva here. There is a separate place with a Sivalinga for the saint Pathanjali who is said to have lived here.

The temple tank is the oldest rain water harvesting tank and the ingenuity in the construction is laudable.
The Sastha temple in ruins nearby and the Kasi viswanathar temple construed by cholas with a sacred tank a km. away are to be visited. Thirupattur lies 32 kms from Tiruchy and 4 kms west of Siruganur that lies in Tiruchy-Chennai Highway.

UTTAMAR KOVIL- BIKSHANDAR KOVIL

This temple lies ½ a km near kollidam bridge in Musiri Road. This is a temple for Lord Brahma, siva,& vishnu. This is one of the 108 important shrines for Lord vishnu. For goddess Sarawathi separate shrine is here .This temple is sung by Thirumangai Alwar, one of the 12 important vaishnavite saints.

PONNAR SANKAR- VEERAPUR AND VALANADU

Verappur is a place of pilgrimage connected with the history of Ponner-Sankar those who ruled this region. There are Temples for Ponner- Sankar & Periyakandi Amman.
Ponnar-Sankar are said to have lived at Valanadu and Veerapur.The Neeli Valanadu Fort is rectangular in shape (460 feet x 295 feet). There was a moat around the palace. Ichi tree, the basement of the entire fortification, some remains of the moat are existing.

The flower garden for the sister Arukkani, a well are now called Sadayandi Thoppu. At Gowndanpatti, Nellipatti, Velankulathur temples for Ponner Sanakar are existing, At Usilampatti Oorani (Kulam) near Manaparai a temple for Thangal is existing.

There are stories that at Veeramalai now (Veerapur ) Sankar along with his friend Sambhuvan died in the war with Thalaiyur Kali King. His brother after fulfilling the religious vow, learnt the death of his brother and ended his life. Their sister Thangal also prayed the Periya Kandi Amman at Veerapur and went west. From 15th century the people of this region are praying Ponner, Sankar, Periyakandi Amman, Thangal and Arukkani. Veerapur is 45 kms from Tiruchirappalli, 12 kms from Manaparai, 20 kms from Vaiyampatti. The annual festival at Veerapur takes place during Masi (Feb.- Mar.)

 
PUNDARIKATCHA PERUMAL TEMPLE- THIRUVELLARAI

From Tiruchirappalli town on the Thuraiyur road it surprises the visitor with its many ancient monuments dating back to the Pallavas.The temple is built on a rock and the village is at the foot of it. An important landmark is the large and ancient well, with four entrances all similarly cut. The four flights of steps are in the shape of a Hindu Swastika.The tank was excavated by kamban arayan the official of nandi varman II , the pallava king it’s other wise called marvidugu perun kinaru .Adi Jambukeswarar temple, a rock cut one is 500 mts from the Vishnu Temple.

ANNAKAMAKSHI AMMAN AND PERIANNASAMY TEMPLE -OMANDUR

On the occasion of Maha sivarathri, soothsayers and exorcists of various hues and from far-flung areas congregate at the Kamakshiamman and the Periannasamy temples at Omandur, 30 kms from Tiruchirappalli. Hundreds of poojaris, both men and women, took their appointed places in the temple complex 'driving' away evil spirits, that 'possessed' women by reciting verses and playing percussion instrument 'udukkai' simultaneously.

Besides, hundreds of devotees throng the temple. But they are out numbered by curious onlookers who took the trouble of visiting the place, trucked away in a corner of the district, braving the mad rush in all buses specially run for the purpose.
Apart from playing the 'udukkai', the poojaris also rolled out a set of dozen small white 'sozhis' and interpreted the meaning according to the number of 'sozhis' cast open. For relating the 'kuri' or soothsaying, the charges varied from Rs. 27.25 to Rs.110.25. If you are 'deeply possessed' and need urgent remedial measures, the charges go up accordingly. Regardless of the case, all beneficiaries need to offer betel leaves and arica nut to the poojaris prior to soothsaying.
Masi kundru ( hillock)in kolli hills ; puliyancholai kallathukombai and Vairichetti palayam are also associated with this temple and the jothi (lamp ) is worshipped as main deity here.

ARAVAYI AMMAN TEMPLE-MANGALAM

A Six feet tall Budha stone statue is found in Mangalam village in the Aravayi Amman temple that lies 15 kms north east of Musiri and 5 kms south west of Thuraiyur. The Poraikizhan deity in a sudai made horse is also under worship in this temple. The local people worship the Budha as Chettiyar, may be the reason that their forefathers were Budhists.
VADANARAYANA PERUMAL THIRUNARAYANAPURAM

Thirunarayananapuram located on the way to Thottiyam in Kattuputhur road with a de-tour of 2 Kms near Arasalur in Tiruchirappalli District is connected by bus from Tiruchriappalli and Musiri. The A/M Vedanarayanaperumal temple is also called Sathurvedimangalam and Vedapuri.

This is an very ancient temple with additions constructed during Nayak period in the 15th century. This temple has two prakaram and has two main shrines for Permual and Thayar. There is also a separate shrine for Goddess Saraswathi.

In the Sanctum God Perumal is reclaning on Athiseshan and the Four Vedas are used as pillars by the God. Sridevi and Boodevi are near the God. This temple is considered to be an important one as Lord Perumal is advising Bramha.The name is considered to be an important one as Lord Perumal is advising Bramha. The name of the Theertham is Cauvery and the Thalavirusham is Vilva Tree.

The festivals are Bramotchavam for eleven days during the vaigasi (May-June); Navarathiri Urchavam for nine days during puratasi (September-October); Vaikunda Eakadesi festivals for 21days during margazhi (Dec-Janauary); Masi Magam during masi (Feb-March). Besides this, there are many festivals also celebrated in this temple.
MADURAI KALIAMMAN, THOTTIAM


Thottiam is in Tiruchirappalli District in Namakkal route and just half a K.m . from Vanapattarai Ground, here lies the temple A/M. Madurai Kaliamman. This village is called Gowtharasanallur. Buses are available from Tiruchirappalli and Musiri to Thottiyam.

About 500 years back King Esanakarayar ruled this area. Chinnan, a servant who worked in his stable, wants to go to Kali Festival at Madurai. He got permission from the King and he went to Madurai with his “Parai”, a musical drum and stayed at his brother-in-laws houses. Next day he went to Kali temple and began to play “Parai” rhythamically. Goddess Kali admired by the music of chinnan and followed him back to Thottiam and Goddess Kali seated under the “ Vanni” tree. Latter a temple was constructed by Pujankrayar at this place. This temple is surrounded by lush green fields. There is a 3 tier tower, 27 pillar mandapam and a 5 pillar Arthamandapam gives notorious look to this temple. Many beautiful sculptures are carved inside the temple. The name of the Goddess is MaduraiKaliamman and the Thalavirusham is “Vanni” tree.

The festivals are Ani-Thirumanchanam (June-July); Navarathiri- ‘puratasi’ (September); Sivarathiri - ‘masi(Feb-March); Car Festival Traces of a fort and an idol namely called the fort Karuppan are here. At Thottiyam, the Esawari Tank at the Thirupursundari Analadeswarar Temple i.e. the Agni Kund i.e. Brahma Kuda, the Yaha Kund of Lord Brahma in which Lor Siva who came for ‘Thiripurasamharam’ dance. Therefore, this Siva is called ‘Analadeeswarar’. The tributory of Kaveri river flows of the front of the Siva temple here.
ADHI LAKSHMI TEMPLE, NATHAM

Aadi Lakshmi A/M Adimoolaperumal temple 12 kms from Lalgudi via Pinnavasal, Alangudi Mahajanam or via Pullampadi, Uvanar,rr-Venkatachalapuram (7kms) can reach here. Nandiyaru passes by. Gajendra Theertham and Sakkara Theertham lies here. The sanctum Sanctorum was constructed by Rajaraja I (993 AD). Kulothunga III reconstructed in 1216 AD the praharam etc.

14 inscriptions highlighting the details of donations & offerings made by Chola Kings to temples, the method of reconstruction without altering the original Sanctum Sanctorum are found here.
VELIKANDA NATHAR-PALAKARAI

Velikanda Nathar at Palakarai, Boologanathar at East Boulivard road, Naganathar at nandhi Koil Street, ------------at West Boulivard road, Kailasanathar at Bigbazar street, are the Shiva temples for 5 elements of nature inside Tiruchi.
THIRUMOOLANATHERTEMPLE POOVALUR

Poovalur is situated on Tiruchirappalli-Ariyalur road near Lalgudi and 20 Kms from Tiruchirappalli. Brahma, Indran, Manamathan, Agnidevan and Chandrasudan worshipped this God Thirumoolanathar to attain ‘mukthi’. Manmathan was fired by Lord Siva and he got back life at this place. Hence, this place is called as “Poovaliyur” and later this place is renamed as “Poovalur”. The main temple measures 130’ width and 170’ length facing east and there are four prakara. There is a sub-shrine for Vinayakar. This temple was sung by Saint Arunagirinathar. Panguni river flows nearly. The Goddess is called Kunkuma Sundari and a temple tree is Vilvam. The festivals are Tamil New Year (April); Chitra Pournami (April-May); Masi Magam (Feb-March); Panguni Uthiram (March-April); Thai Poosam (Jan-Feb); and Vinayakar Charthurthi (September)