Thursday, June 7, 2012

Rock Fort, Tiruchirapalli

At Trichy, the Rock Fort complex comprises of fort and temple built on an ancient rock. This is an important landmark in the city and visible from anywhere. This 83 meter rock is one of the oldest which is approximately 3800 million years. 



The main attraction is not the fort of which only very little still remains. Only Main Gate of the fort is still intact. The actual center of attraction here is the temple at the summit. There are approximately 350 steps that lead to the Ganesha temple popularly known as Ucchi Pillayar Temple on the summit.



Other oldest structure in the fort is a cave temple known as Thayumaanavar Temple built by Pallavas in 580 AD. This temple of Lord Shiva is on the way to summit. In the first image one can see the Ucchi Pillayar Temple at the top, while in the second image the the top of Shiva temple which is on the way to summit.

40 comments:

Al said...

It looks like it grew out of the rock, great shots.

R.Ramakrishnan said...

This is a wonderful temple with great history and legends.

George said...

This looks like a wonderful place to visit for both the history and the beauty.

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Interesting information...

Ann said...

built on top of a hill?

Ranjana's craft blog said...

Nice one...

Lowell said...

I think it would be worth the walk to see the sights! Although, for me, height is a no-no. :-) I just can't get over all of the amazing temples in India!

Jeevan said...

Excellent capture on the images! Wonderful details.

R Niranjan Das said...

Lovely rock. Have heard a lot about it. Hope to visit the place sometime.

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Krishna said...

interesting post with nice photos

thanks rajesh

ladyfi said...

What a great place!

Sylvia K said...

Such a fascinating place! Great captures as always, Rajesh! Hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend -- and some cooler weather!

Sylvia

Carver said...

I like how you captured the surrounding area as well as the fort and temple.

Steffi said...

Rajesh,I love your "India-Travel" each week!It´s always really interesting to read!Thank you for sharing and have a nice weekend!

Pearl Maple said...

Great photos of the temple, and great view from up above as well, thanks for sharing with Sky Watch Friday

Gary said...

Fascinating post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

joshidaniel.com said...

cool to see how it is made :)

Andrew said...

Fantastic to see and thanks for sharing all the information

chubskulit said...

Love that second shot Rajesh!

Annemor said...

Once again you give me wonderful images. And you bring India closer to me.
Have a georgous weekend

sceneoftranquility said...

I wonder how people during those times manage the construction.

Zuzana said...

This looks like a very large city and what a stunning view.;) Have a nice weekend,
xoxo

Magia da Inês said...

Olá!
O moderno se mistura com o tradicional num show arquitetônico.
Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos.
Brasil
•.¸¸✿⊱╮¸¸.•

alicesg said...

Lovely view of the city. Very amazing scenery. Have a nice weekend.

Shoshana said...

The second picture is really pretty. Almost claustrophobic too considering how many buildings there are...but pretty.

Leovi said...

Wonderful ...! I like, great photos of the fortress of Tiruchirapalli!.

Pat said...

I like the ornate architecture of the temple in the second photo. Nice capture.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I would not like to have been one of the builders putting the Rock Fort together in that precarious location!

Dawn Shadows

Kelly said...

It always amazes me how past civilizations created such massive and impressive structures!

Quasi Serendipita said...

Fabulous! And I like the subtle reflection.

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HOOTIN ANNI said...

Wow...this is a very striking image share Rajesh!!!

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Hope you're having a glorious, wonderful weekend so far.

chubskulit said...

Visiting again for Shadow shots.

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating the architecture of the place.

Chubby Chieque said...

Wow... I guess, I am more educated bout India's history rather than my country land Philippines.

Very good presentation and it overcome to my expectation. Great shots. History and the beauty of India, rocks.

TY for sharing,
/C

Uppal said...

Such a breathtaking view!

mysay.in said...

this was an informative post for me ...I never knew these details about the city !!
nice clicks as usual !!
Thanks for sharing Rajesh

Meghana Hassan said...

hearing abt Rock Fort for the first time, looks amazing...

OurJaipur.Com said...

Interesting.

Jiggyasa said...

Rock Fort temple is awesome. The click i must say is superb. reminds me of some old school clicks. love your blog always!

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating this place.