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| Last Updated:: 26/11/2019










Tiruchi or Tiruchirappalli is an important educational, commercial and manufacturing centre of Tamil Nadu. The city was listed as the third cleanest city in India in 2016 and home to most prominent historical monuments of Tamil Nadu such as the Ranganathaswamy temple at Srirangam, Jambukeswarar temple at Thiruvanaikaval and Our Lady of Lourdes church.







Sri Ranganathaswamy temple at Srirangam island is dedicated to the reclining form of Lord Vishnu, known as Ranganatha. The temple has one of the tallest temple towers in south India and one of the largest Hindu temples in the world. The temple is considered the first among 108 prominent Vishnu temples and is also one of the popular Tamilnadu tourist places. This temple lies on an island formed by the twin rivers Cauvery and Kollidam. Though the temple existing since the 2nd century BC, the archaeological inscriptions are available only from the 10th century CE. The annual 21 day festival conducted during the Tamil month of Margazhi (Dec / Jan) attracts one million visitors. Jestabishekam (Jun / Jul), Pavithrothsavam (Aug / Sep), Oonjal (Oct / Nov) are other festivals celebrated here.








Jambukeswarar temple at Thiruvanaikaval is the most famous Lord Shiva temple in south India and also one of the five major Lord Shiva temples of Tamil Nadu known as Panchabhoota Sthala representing the element of water. The sanctum has a Shiva Lingam in the form of Appu lingam (water lingam). The temple is also located in the Srirangam Island and part of the Paadal Petra Sthalams. The sanctum of Lord Jambukeshwara has an underground water stream and one can see water coming out of that stream all the time. The presiding goddess is Devi Akilandeswari Amman. According to legend, Parvathi performed penance in the form of Akilandeswari in the Jambu forest. She made the lingam out of the water of the river Kaveri, installed it under the Venn Naaval tree evolved out of Saint Jambu and commenced her worship. Lord Siva at last gave darshan to Devi Akhilandeswari and taught her Siva Gnana.







Ucchi Pillayar temple at Rockfort is dedicated to Lord Ganesh, situated at the top of the rock. The temple has rock cut architecture and offers a stunning view of the Kaveri river, Srirangam island and Tiruchi city.





Erumbeeswarar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, situated at the top of the 60 feet tall hill and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam. The temple was built by Aditya Chola and is a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India.



Panchavarnaswamy temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located in Woraiyur and is part of the Paadal Petra Sthalam. The temple has several historical inscriptions of the Chola period.






Samayapuram Mariamman temple is dedicated to the south Indian Hindu goddess of rain and associated with Goddesses Parvati, Kali and Durga. The temple is the second most wealthy temple in Tamil Nadu and attracts thousands of people. The main deity in the sanctum is made of sand and clay and hence there are no abhishekams performed to the main deity, but instead the abishekam is done to the small stone statue in front of it. The car festival (April- May) and Flower festival / Poochorithal (Feb-March) are very famous in this temple along with the festivals of Vaikasi (May-June) and Thai Poosam festival (January-February) are associated with Srirangam.





Azhagiya Manavala Perumal temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, situated in the Uraiyur suburb of Tiruchirappalli. The temple is one of the 108 Divyadesams dedicated to Lord Vishnu in India.