TRICHY, TAMIL NADU

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Trichy situated on the banks of the Cauvery (Kaveri) is best known for its two remarkable temples. It was the Nayaks of Madurai in the 17th Century, who turned a mighty rock near the river into the spectacular Rock Fort Temple. On top of earlier constructions they built two temples, one dedicated to Shiva and one at the summit to Ganesh. Reached by over 400 steps (both temples are closed to non-Hindus) the climb is worth it for the views over the delta plain. From the top, the great temple complex of Sri Ranganathaswamy, dedicated to Vishnu, is clearly visible on an island in the river. Begun in the 10th century and added to by numerous dynasties, the temple covers a staggering 2.5 sq. kms with seven concentric walls, the outer three housing over 20 thousand people and the inner walls protecting the temple itself. Today, Trichy is also known for making artificial diamonds and the pungent Indian cigarettes, bidis.

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Trichy - Beyond the Taj, Trichy
Trichy - Beyond the Taj, Trichy

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Trichy situated on the banks of the Cauvery (Kaveri) is best known for its two remarkable temples. It was the Nayaks of Madurai in the 17th Century, who turned a mighty rock near the river into the spectacular Rock Fort Temple. On top of earlier constructions, they built two temples, one dedicated to Shiva and one at the summit to Ganesh. Reached by over 400 steps (both temples are closed to non-Hindus) the climb is worth it for the views over the delta plain.
If you only visit one temple town in Tamil Nadu, we recommend visiting the Shree  Meenakshi in Madurai. Considered to be the finest of its kind in Tamil Nadu, this great temple’s towering gopurams are covered in a riot of gaily painted, dancing and cavorting Gods and Goddesses. The entire temple is given over to worship but outside there are markets and stalls and it is almost reminiscent of how the ancient monasteries would have been centuries ago with people trading, plying on the pilgrims as they flock to prayer, which many still do as it is one of India’s most sacred pilgrimage centers.