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Owing to its rich historical past, the urban centre of Tiruchirappalli is one among the important temple cities of South India. As a matter of fact, Tiruchirappalli is primarily recognized and preferred for its age-old temples and the spiritual aura that is abundant all over the city. Furthermore, Tiruchirappalli attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world throughout the year, principally for its temples that are scattered all over the region. Let’s explore some of the significant temples of Tiruchirappalli along with much other useful information like temple timings, location details, entry fees and so on.
Ucchi Pillayar Temple, Rockfort
The celebrated Ucchi Pillayar Temple, widely referred as the rockfort is a massive rock that houses a historic Ganapati temple on the top. A lot of archaeological facts advert that the rock is one of the oldest in the world, and its age might be over one billion years. The Rockfort temple is 83 meters tall. The main deity of this temple is Lord Vinayaka (Pillayar) situated on the top as well as the bottom of the rock and in-between lies Thayumanaswami temple, devoted to Lord Shiva, which is in the form of Lingam. From the top of the rockfort temple, one can get a complete and beautiful view of the city of Trichy. On top, one can witness the beauty of god and nature at one shot.
Location: Near Teppakulam, Trichy Nearest Bus Stand: Chatram Bus Stand Timings: Opening time 6:00 A.M, Closing Time: 8:00 P.M Entry: Adult: Rs.5 and Child Rs.2 Days closed: None Photography: Prohibited near deity areas
Sri Ranganathar Swamy Temple, Srirangam
Srirangam is considered to be one of the important self-manifested (Swayam Vyakta Kshetras) Lord Vishnu temples. The facts do not end there; it is also one of the most significant among the 108 main Vishnu temples (108 Divyadesams). Srirangam temple is fondly known on "Bhoologa Vaikundam" (Heaven on Earth). The temple area is spread to almost 156 acres and has seven enclosures with 21 glorious towers on all sides.
The main deity in this temple, as the name suggests is Lord Ranganatha. The temple not only consists of Ayiram Kaal Mandapam (1000 pillars hall) but also comprises of several water bodies inside it. The Rajagopuram (grand entrance tower) is 237 feet tall and is widely acknowledged as the tallest temple towers in the whole of Asia. The temple attracts more than 1 million visitors during December - January period.
Location: Near Srirangam, Trichy Nearest Bus Stand: Srirangam Bus Stand Timings: Opening time - 6:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 2:00 pm, Closing time - 9:00 pm Temple Entry: Free Quick Seva: Rs. 250 per head Days closed: None Photography: Prohibited near deity areas
Thiruvanaikaval, Jambukeswarar Temple
The Jambukeswarar Temple is located in Thiruvanaikaval, a suburb of Trichy city located in close proximity to Srirangam. The Thiruvanaikaval temple is one among the five major temples of Lord Shiva (Panchaboodha sthalam) exemplifying the element of water. The main deity Jambukeswarar (Appu lingam) features a belowground water stream which fills the holy place throughout the year.
In terms of architectural values, the Jambukeswarar temple is far more distinguished when compared to Sri Ranganathar Swamy Temple, Srirangam. The other important deity of the temple is Lord Parvathi in the form of Sri Akilandeswari. This magnificent temple features seven sky-high towers and a lot of architectural grandeur all around the temple.
Location: Thiruvanaikaval Nearest Bus Stand: Srirangam Bus Stand Timings: Opening time - 6:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 4:00 pm, Closing time - 9:30 pm Temple Entry: Free Days closed: None Photography: Prohibited near deity areas
Uraiyur (Woraiyur) Sri Vekkaliamman Temple
The Woraiyur Vekkaliamman Temple is located just 7 km away from the city center. The main deity of the temple is Sri Vekkaliamman residing in the sanctum which is roofless - open to all weather conditions. The goddess faces the north side representing valiancy, which made the rulers of those days to come and pay their respect to the goddess before entering the battlegrounds.
Location: Woraiyur Nearest Bus Stand: Chatram Bus Stand Timings: Opening time - 5:15 am to 9:00 pm Temple Entry: Free Days closed: None Photography: Prohibited near deity areas
Samayapuram Mariamman Temple
Samayapuram Mariamman temple is located 12 km north of Tiruchirappalli. The main deity of the temple is Mariamman the goddess, which is believed to be of immense power to cure any kind of illness. The idol is made of sand and is not offered abhishekha to the main deity like any other Hindu temples. The devotees of this temple offer Maavilakku ( a sweet dish made of flour, ghee and jaggery), rock salt, etc. Samayapuram Mariamman temple is the second most affluent temples in Tamilnadu. Thai Poosam festival is one of the most important festivals of this temple.
Location: Samayapuram (12 km away from Trichy) Nearest Bus Stand: Samayapuram Bus Stand Timings: Opening time - 6:00 am to 8:00 pm Holy Days - Fridays and Tuesdays Temple Entry: Free Days closed: None
Gunaseelam Vishnu Temple
The Gunaseelam Vishnu temple is located approximately 20 km from Trichy city. It is an ancient temple which is of 5000 years old where the main deity is Prasanna Venkatachalapathy (Lord Vishnu) with the goddess Lakshmi on chest. The name Gunaseelam actually entails (Guna-Cure + Seelam-Place); the temple is believed to cure the mentally challenged people after the stay of 48 days according to the practices. The Thirumanjanam ritual will be observed every day throughout the year at this temple unlike other Vishnu temples across the state.
Location: Gunaseelam (20 km away from Trichy) Timings: 8:30 am to 1 pm, 4 pm to 8:30 pm Holy Days - Saturdays Temple Entry: Free Days closed: None
Vayalur Murugan Temple
The 1200 years-old temple is located in Vayalur village, which is 9 km away from Trichy. The main deity of the temple is Lord Subramaniya along with Sri Valli and Deivayanai. The place is considered as one of the significant temples of Lord Muruga. Other important deities of the temple are Lord Poyya Ganapathi, Arulmigu Aathinathar (Lord Shiva) and Goddess Aathinayaki. The temple mandapam (halls) depicting Kandapuranam is a scene which is not affordable to miss.
Location: Vayalur village (9 km away from Trichy) Timings: 6:00 am to 1 pm, 03:30 pm to 9:00 pm Temple Entry: Free Days closed: None Transportation: Frequent buses are available from Chatram bus stand and Central bus stand.