Sri Nandrudayan Vinayaka TempleIt is a long-familiar fact that Tiruchirappalli is a pride of the southern state of Tamil Nadu that it houses some of the most illustrious religious sites in the country. Besides, in terms of the number of domestic and international visitors the city receives, especially for its religious sites are humongous when compared to many other notable urban centers. As a matter of fact, the city maintains a festive aura throughout the year as one or the other historic temple observes festivals that are associated to the temple with sheer devotion and fervor.
When talking about the rarest of the rare religious site of Tamil Nadu, one name keep popping up, not to mention, that is absolutely unmissable. In that case, Trichy is blessed to have the Nandrudayan Vinayaka Temple in its soil. Unbelievably singular in its own way, the Nandrudayan Vinayaka Temple is a pride of Trichy that is dedicated to the god of new beginnings, knowledge and wisdom Lord Ganesha. One of the widely revered Hindu deities, Lord Ganesha offer his blessings here in this unique temple in the name of Sri Nandrudayan Vinayagar. Let's get to know more about this historic temple located in Trichy in detail.
History of Nandrudayan Vinayaka Temple in Trichy
Some believe that this ancient temple is a section of the far-famed Rockfort Ucchi Pillayar koil. Regrettably, the local population in Trichy knows nothing much about this temple, thanks to the surrounding buildings and structures for dwarfing the history nearly! Murugan theatre, one of the oldest cinema halls of Tiruchirappalli is the name to ask for. The Nandrudayan Vinayaka Temple is just about 100 yards away on the same side as the cinema hall. Even today, the temple stands as a fine example for the Dravidian style of architecture.
Significance of Nandrudayan Vinayaka Temple
The presiding deity, that is, the Nandrudayan Vinagar is seen ornamented in a Naghabharanam (serpent jewelry) around his waist. It is highly strange to find the monumental Nandhi (the vahana of Lord Shiva) in front of the main deity of this temple. Proceeding further to the right side of the sannadhi of the presiding deity, it is time to get dumbstruck! Well, the small shrine houses the short and plump Lord Ganesha in the form of a human, revered as the Nara mukha Ganapathi or Adi Vinayagar. Nara = Human, Mukha = Face and therefore 'Human Faced' Ganesha, different than the elephant-faced form that we all recognize and revere.
Sri Nandrudayan Vinayaka Temple
East Boulevard Road, Singarathope, Devathanam, Trichy,
Tamil Nadu - 620002
Landmark: Near Murugan Theatre
Nearest Bus Stand: Chathiram Bus Station
Nearest Railway Station: Tiruchirappalli Fort Railway Station (TP)
Nearest Airport: Tiruchirappalli International Airport (IATA: TRZ, ICAO: VOTR)
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