The Rock Fort Temples
Tiruvannaikaval / Trichy, Tamil Nadu


The Rock Fort Temples

Entrance to the Tayumanavar Shiva Temple

"Last minuts shopping" before entering the Shiva Temple


The Shiva Cave Temple

Two of the temples dates back to the 7-8th century

Sign telling about the Thayumanavar Shiva Temple:

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 delivery.
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 Ucchivinayagar and
made to leave his idol behind him in Srirengam situated on the northern
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

The Gopuram

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 Temple.
The Shiva temple can be seen in the backgound.

Close up of the Gate leading to the Ganesha Temple

The Rock Fort wall


The Ganesha temple

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 Temple.
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 Kollidam rivers
and is one of the most revered pilgrimsites in South India.
East of the Ranganatha temple is the Jambukeswara Temple,
famous as a Pancha Bhoota Stalam, a five elements Shiva temple.


Other pages 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  ►  created by BP