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Rock Fort Temple Trichy

Rock Fort temple is a combination of three famous Hindu temples of 7th century. This place is also known by the name of Ucchi Pillayar Koil. All three temples are Manikka Vinayakar temple at the foot of the hill, the Uchhi Pillayar Koyil at the top of the hill and the Taayumaanavar Koyil Shivastalam on the hill. Shivastalam temple is a rock cut temple. One temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and another is dedicated to Lord Shiva. These temples are located on a top of a small rock in Trichy, Tamil Nadu. The rock on which these temples are situated is 83 meters high and said to be one of the oldest in the World dating over 3 billion years ago. Pallavas initially built this temple but the Nayaks again made designed it. There are around 437 steps cut into the stone to the top of the temple. There is a rock cut Pallava temple in this hill temple complex known as Lalitankura Pallaveswaram which has several inscriptions attributed to Mahendravarma Pallavan. These temples are the fine examples and masterpiece of Vijayanagar rulers and the Nayaks of Madurai. Everyday six worship services are offered each day here. This temple also celebrates the annual Brahmotsavam in Chithirai. Aadi Pooram and float festivals are also celebrated here with lots of energy.

Architecture of Rock Fort Temple
Rock Fort Temple in Trichy is a beautiful and ancient temple which is known for its history and architecture. This temple is situated at the height of 83 meters on a smooth rock and constructed by Pallavas and Nayaks of Madurai. Complex of the temple is divided into two parts known as Shiva Temple or Thayumanaswamy and Pillayar or Ganesh temple. Shiva temple is bigger than the other and houses a massive stone statue of Lord Shiva in a form of Linga along with a separate sanctum of Goddess Parvati. You will see inspiring rock architecture in this temple. Ganesha temple is not too much big but from here one can enjoy watching a stunning view of Trichy. One can easily see the ancient and impressive architecture created by Pallavas in these temples. There is a 100 pillared hall and a Vimana, covered with gold in the temple. Now this temple is maintained by the Archaeological Department of India.

Festivals in Rock Fort Temple
Every day six worship services are offered in this temple. If we talk about the festivals celebrated in this temple then you enjoy watching annual Brahmotsavam in Chithirai. There are two more festivals which have the equal significance here and they are Aadi Pooram and Float festival in Panguni.

How to Reach Rock Fort Temple
By Air : Trichy is well connected with all the major cities and states of India with its International Airport. There is an International Airport in Trichy which also operates flights to neighboring countries like Sri Lanka, Singapore and a few Gulf countries.

By Rail : Trichy is also well connected with several famous and major cities and states of India with its rail routes. You will easily find super fast trains from here to various parts of India like Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Bengal, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi.

By Road : Trichy is also very well connected with all the major cities of South India. You can get buses to reach your destinations. Government and private buses are available from here. You can also hire private taxis from here.