Rock Fort temple complex in Tiruchirappalli is a collection of three temples
- the Manikka Vinayaka temple at the foot of the hill, the Uchhi Pillayar
Koyil at the top of the hill and the Taayumaanava Koyil (Shivastalam) on the
hill. This Shivastalam is a rock cut temple on a hill in the most prominent
landmark in Tiruchirappalli (Trichy); reached by a flight of steps on the
way to the famous Ucchi Pillaya temple.
About The Temple
This shrine houses Kangaala Moorthy, one of the 64 manifestations of Shiva.
The approach to the temple is through a flight of covered stairs. Towards
the end of the climb, the Tayumanavar temple is towards the west and the
Uchipillayar temple towards the east.
There is a rock cut Pallava temple - Lalitankura Pallaveswaram in this hill
temple complex, with several inscriptions here attributed to Mahendravarma
Pallavan. In addition the Cholas, the Vijayanagar rulers and the Nayaks of
Madurai have made extensive contributions here. The two storeyed
Taayumaanava temple, built on (in!) a hill is a masterpiece of construction.
The Chittira Mandapam (also spelt as Mandapa) houses a granite chain with
Tiruchirappalli itself has a long history, going back to the centuries
before the Christian era, when it was a Chola citadel. The Pandyas and
Pallavas held sway over the region for short periods. In the 12th century,
Cholas were subverted by the Vijayanagar kings of Hampi, who proudly
withstood the invading Muslims. Less than fifty years later, the Nayaks of
Madurai came to power, constructed the Rock Fort, and firmly established
Tiruchirappalli as the trading city.
Six worship services are offered each day here. This well endowed temple
celebrates the annual Brahmotsavam in Chithirai. Aadi Pooram and the float
festival in Panguni are also of significance here.