The Rock Fort Temples
Tiruvannaikaval / Trichy, Tamil Nadu
Rock Fort Temples
Entrance to the Tayumanavar Shiva
"Last minuts shopping" before entering
the Shiva Temple
The Shiva Cave Temple
Two of the temples dates back to the
Sign telling about the Thayumanavar
In this temple known as "Southern
Kailas" God exists in the shape of a
huge Shiva Linga, self born and self begot, facing west ward.
The God of this place ad played the
role of a Midwife to a woman called
Rathnavathi by assuming the shape of her Mother. Hence he is known
as Thayumanaswamy. It is a proven fact that those who worship the
God will be
blessed with children and that pregnant ladies will have an easy
The spectacle of Dakshinamoorthy God
of the south seated on Dharbasana
in the company of 8 Disciples in a unique feature of this temple,
not to be
seen any wherelse.
As the Navagrahes are found facing the
Sun, Devotees who worship the
Navagrahas will be rid of Navagraha Dosha of all kinds.
This temple enjoys the distinction of
having ben glorified in verse by
saints like Thirugnanasambandar, Thirunavakkarasar, Manikkavasakar,
Arunagirinathar, Thayumanavaadigal, Kadavarkon etc.
Vibhishana returning to Srilanka with
the idol of Lord Renganatha in a
lying posture, gifted to him by Sri Rama was tricked by
made to leave his idol behind him in Srirengam situated on the
bank of the river Cauvery.
The three deeked construktion of
Temples on the boulders of this mounain
is rare exhibition of architectural skill not to be found
anywhereelse in the
There are two Cave Temples carved out
of the rock by king Mahandra
Varma of the 7th century A.D.
According to Geological Research this
mountian is 3500 Billion years old.
You have to ascend only 200 steps to
worship the Lord Thayumanaawami.
Roof of the Shiva temple complex.
The Teppakulam tank and the Cathedral of our Lady of Lourdes, 1840
can be seen in the background
Gopuram covering the Shiva shrine is
made of pure gold
The inner shrines is also covered
with gold Gopurams
Detail of the famous Gangadhara
panel, Lord Vishnu on his snake bed
The sanctum sanctorum
Climbing up and down are carefully
regulated because of the many visitors
Pilgrims resting in the shadow before darshan
Climbing the steps to the Ganesha
The Shiva temple can be seen in the backgound.
Close up of the Gate leading to the
The Rock Fort wall
Further up hill to the Ganesha Temple
The Ganesha Temple from where
there is a spectacular view
over rice fields and the sacred island of Sriramgam.
Hardship is endured to get the darshan of Lord Ganesha
Hundi at the Ganesha Temple
View point at the top of the Ganesha
The polished granite wall mirrors the visitors
View from the Ganesha Temple.
The bridge over Kaveri river to Sriramgam can be seen at distance.
Amazing view over Thiruvannaikaval
also called Trichy and the island of Srirangam.
The huge Ranganatha Vishnu Temple can be seen in on the other side
of the river Kaveri.
The 3 km long island of Srirangam is formed by the Kaveri and
and is one of the most revered pilgrimsites in South India.
East of the Ranganatha temple is the
famous as a Pancha Bhoota Stalam, a five elements Shiva temple.
on the Pancha Bhoota Sthalams in India on this website:
Sri Ekambeswara Swamy Temple,
Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu - representing the earth element
Sri Jambukareswara Swamy Temple,
Thiruvanaikaival, Tamil Nadu - representing the water element
Sri Arunachaleswara Swamy Temple,
Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu - representing the fire element
Sri Kalahasteeswara Swamy Temple,
Sri Kalahasti, Tamil Nadu - representing the wind element
Sri Nataraja Swamy Temple,
Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu - representing the ether (Akasha) element