This article also appears in the June 2017 issue of Malindo Magazine
India is one of the most traveled-to destinations this year! While popular cities like New Delhi and Goa often make the list, we’d like to draw your attention to dear old Tiruchirappalli, commonly referred to as Trichy. This city is located on the banks of the Cauvery River and is one of the oldest, most historical cities in Tamil Nadu. According to theTimes of India, Trichy has a longstanding record as one of India’s cleanest cities in the region. This bustling place is also famous for its beautiful array of temples!
If you’re looking for a spiritual retreat or a zen getaway in Southeast Asia, Trichy welcomes you with open arms. Famous temples include Rock Fort, Sri Ranganathaswamy, Jambukeswarar and several others that boast some of the most outstanding architecture and Hindu sculptures in the world.
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
As one of the world’s largest temples, it’s no surprise that The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is one of the top attractions in Trichy. The temple compound is enormous, encompassing 156 acres in extent. It was constructed as a dedication to Ranganatha, a reclining form of the Hindu deity Vishnu. The seven prakaras or enclosures are designed from thick walls that run around the sanctum.
Rock Fort Temple
One of Rock Fort Temple’s most unique features is the fact that it was constructed upon a rock. The climb uphill is long and steep (more than 400 steps!), but the aerial view from the top is totally worth it. As you climb, you’ll pass several temples such as the Thayumanaswamy Temple, which is the rock’s largest temple, the 6th-century Pallava upper cave temple and the Uchipillaiyar Temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha.
Jambukeswarar Temple, Thiruvanaikaval
Built in the early 1800s by the Cholas, the Jambukeswarar Temple is a popular Shiva temple that features a collection of beautiful sculptures, with each sculpture representing the manifestation of the five prime nature elements – earth, water, air, sky and fire.
Sri Ayyappan Temple
Silence and peace greets you as you enter the compounds of this serene sanctuary. This is renowned as one of the cleanest and most beautiful temples in Trichy, and visitors are often amazed at how tranquil and lushful it is. The Sri Ayyappan Temple is very well-maintained and boasts a pretty garden in front with lovely flowers, as well as a quiet meditation hall. Unlike the other popular temples in the region, this one stands out because it’s not overly populated with people, and those seeking for a place of solace and meditation will find peace here.
The Brahmapureeswarar Temple in Tirupattur houses Lord Brahma as the deity, and it is said that worshipping at this temple will alter your fate! This belief has been strengthened because the fate of Lord Brahma, the Creator, was altered by Lord Shiva when he prayed at this temple. Brahma temples are believed to be rare, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit this one if you’re in Trichy!
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written by Carissa Gan