The Rockfort Temples, Tiruchirapalli

While staying in Tamil Nadu, we went on a roadtrip through the most of Tamil Nadu, to visit certain temples – among these where the Panchabootha Sthalas and Aarupadaiveedu.

From Mylapore – Chennai, we went directly to Trichy (Thiruchirapalli), which took about 6 hours by car. Here, we stayed at a hotel, as we were very tired. I don’t remeber the name of the hotel, but it was a very neat and nice hotel, with a very good restaurant. We could actually see the Uchi Pillaiyar Temple from the hotel. We went to Uchi Pillaiyar Temple the next morning.

The temple is from the 7th century CE, dedicated to lord Ganesh, built on the Rockfort. The rock is 83 m tall. There are 2 temples built on the rock, while Uchi Pillaiyar Temple is on the top, while the other one – the Thayumanaswami Temple, is located close to the base. These 2 temples make the Rockfort Temples. Continue reading “The Rockfort Temples, Tiruchirapalli”

Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam

Ranganathaswamy Temple was one of the very few Vishnu temples, that we went to in Tamil Nadu. We actually only went to 3 Vishnu temples; Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, Azhagar Kovil in Madurai District and Venkateswara Temple in Thirumala (Thirupathi Temple). I only have some pictures of the first temple mentioned.

Ranganathaswamy is one of the most important Vishnu temples, and is located in the town Srirangam, in the district of Trichy/Thiruchirapalli, on an island in the Cauveri/Kaveri River. Trichy was the first town we stayed in during the road-trip in Tamil Nadu, and before going to Srirangam, we went to Uchipillaiyar Temple in Trichy and Jambukeshwarar Temple in Thiruvanaikaval (also on the island) – another post about the temple is coming soon. Continue reading “Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam”

Brihadishwarar Temple, Thanjavur

Brihadishwarar Temple, named Rajarajeshwaram in it’s earlier days, is a temple dedicated to lord Shiva, built by the king Rajaraja Chola I and his sister, princess Kundavai, between year 1003-1010 AD is one of the greatest examples of Tamil architecture. It is built of granite, around 60,000 tons of granite is said to be used to built the temple. According to the insriptions, that are to be seen at present day, the engineer and architect behind the temple was Kunjara Mallan Raja Raja Perumthachan, a archari from that time, from Kerala. The interesting part is, that even the present successors of the achari still practice Vastu Sastra. Continue reading “Brihadishwarar Temple, Thanjavur”

Arulmigu Subramanya Swami Temple, Thiruchendur

The Murugan temple in Thiruchendur is the 2nd among the 6 Abodes of Lord Murugan. Thiruchendur is located in the Thoothukudi District (Tuticorin), with the temple at the shore of Thiruchendur, in opposite to the other 5 temples. This was the last temple of all 6 Arupadai Veedu we visited. It is one of the most beautiful temples I’ve visited, and also one of the favourite temples.  Continue reading “Arulmigu Subramanya Swami Temple, Thiruchendur”

Arulmigu Subramanya Swami Temple, Thirupparankuram

Thirupparankunram is a town in the district of Madurai, and this was the temple we visited after Meenakshi Temple, that is located in Madurai.

Thirupparankunram is the first of the 6 Abodes of lord Murugan, the Arupadai Veedu, but this was the 5th of Arupadai Veedu that we went to. This is believed to be the place where lord Murugan married Goddess Deivanai, the daughter of Indra. The temple here is actually a cave-temple, situated 1050 feet above sea level, built in a hillock. The temple was built by king Maravarman Sundara Pandyan in the 8th century CE, though the temple is believed to be much elder, from the 6th century, where the Murugan temple was converted to a worship place for Jainists by Jain monks, and then later reversed to Hinduism in the 8th century, where the Pandya king built it.  Continue reading “Arulmigu Subramanya Swami Temple, Thirupparankuram”

Swaminatha Temple, Swamimalai

The Swamimalai Temple is the 4th of the Aarupadai Veedu – the 6 temples – dedicated to the tamil deity Murugan. Swamimalai is located 5 km from Kumbakonam, and we went to this temple right after our visit to Thanjavur.

Swamimalai Temple is located on a hill with only 60 steps, each step representing the Tamil Years, as we have a cyclus of 60 years that are astronomically calculated. This temple is very important in the history of lord Murugan, as this is the place where he explained the essence of the Pranava Mantra “Om” to his father, Lord Shiva. As Murugan was a Guru to his father, the place is also referred as “Gurumalai”, and is therefore considered to be the most sacred place among all Murugan Temples. The deity is worshipped as “Swaminathan”, the lord of words.

The temple is very old, it was built in 2nd century BC by the king Parantaka Chola I. The legend behind the story of Murugan teaching his father about the essence of the Pranava Mantra is very funny, but also very interesting 😉

~ AJ

Dhandayuthapani Temple, Pazhani

Pazhani (Palani) is the 3rd of the Arupadai Veedu, that are 6 temples dedicated to lord Murugan. This was also the 3rd of the 6 temples, that we visited, during our trip in Tamil Nadu. We actually went on a few-days trip by van, where we visited several famous temples of Tamil Nadu.

Pazhani is a town in the Dindigul district. The Temple of Pazhani is located at the hill Sivagiri. You can reach the temple by the steps, that are carved in the hill, by the railway that has 3 tracks or by the rope way. The hill to the temple has 690 steps, and is actually a very good option to get some exercise 😉 Continue reading “Dhandayuthapani Temple, Pazhani”