1. Tiruchirappalli Rock Fort
Tiruchirappalli city is also known as the 'Rock City' because of its famous landmark, “Rock Fort”, a huge single rock of 273 feet high, which is believed to be of more than 100 Crores of years in existence. There is a temple called ‘Uchi Pillaiyar Kovil' built on the top of the rock fort dedicated to Lord Vinayaka, the son of the gods Lord Siva and Parvathi Amman of the Hindu Religion. The oldest construction in the southern face of the rock is the “Pallava Caves” built by the Pallava Kings from the year 580 AD. In order to reach the top Uchi Pillaiyar Kovil, more than 350 steps needs to be climbed, with the steps made out of stones making it even more difficult.
2. Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple
Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Srirangam is the first, foremost and the most important of the 108 main temples dedicated to the Lord Vishnu. It is one of the most popular Vaishnava temples in South India, with rich heritage and culture. The temple is aligned to the north-south and east-west axis, on the island of Srirangam between the Kollidam and Kaveri rivers. The temple occupies an area of almost 156 acres with 81 shrines, 21 towers, 39 pavilions and many water tanks, making it the world's largest functioning Hindu temple. The most interesting fact is that, this is not just another temple, but a temple-town. People live in settlements around the temple with the temple itself being in the centre.
3. Our Lady of Lourdes Church
Our Lady of Lourdes Church is located in the heart of the city of Tiruchirappalli. The Roman Catholic Basilica is devoted to Our Lady of Lourdes, one of the titles of Blessed Virgin Mary called on by Roman Catholics commemorating the Marian apparitions around Lourdes in France. This church is often considered to be the replica of Our Lady of Lourdes Church located in France. It is said that the Church’s 200 feet spire will be visible to you from a distance of 8 km. Inside, the stained glasses poignantly depict stories from the Bible. The church bell is set at a height of 90 feet from the ground. Church opens as early as 5:30 in the morning and remains open till 6:30 in the evening. Sunday mass in the church attracts a lot of people from far away places.
4. Erumbeeswarar Temple
Erumbeeswarar Temple in Thiruverumbur, Trichy, is a hilltop Hindu templededicatedtothe Lord Shiva. Erumbeeswarar is the main deity of the temple, worshipped along with his companion Saurabhya Kudalaambal. Built on a 60-foot tall hill, it can be accessed via a flight of steps and is locally referred to as 'Malai Kovil', meaning 'Hill Temple'. This temple is oneofthegroup of shrines built by Aditya Chola along the banks of River Cauvery, to commemorate his victory over Pandyas during Tirupurambiyam Battle in 885 CE. Legend has it that Lord Shiva transformed himself into an ant hill, thus the name Erumbeeswarar. The temple has been declared as a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India.
5. Jambukeswarar Temple
Jambukeswarar Temple, Thiruvanaikaval is one of the most popular and most visited Shiva temple in the city of Tiruchirappalli. It is located on the Island of Srirangam, which also has the famous Ranganathaswamy temple. The temple was built by Kocengannan (Kochenga Chola), one of the Early Cholas, thousands of years ago. It is one of the five element shrines or Pancha Bootha sthalams and is renowned for the worship of lord Siva as representing the element of water (appulinga). As Lord Shiva is seated below Jambu tree at this temple, it got its name Jambukeswaram. A total of 156 Inscriptions have been found at this temple, with the inscriptions of King Madurai konda Parakesari varman paranthaka cholan being the oldest among them.
All photos clicked by and the blog is written by Swarna Rajan for WPC project Monuments In My City Part-III