Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu
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This city is a very small one and is the capital city of the Thondaiman dynasty from 17th century till the Independence. There is an old palace which at present acts as an official building for the Tamil Nadu Government. There are many interesting places here to visit.
They are: A Government Museum in the city with good collections of antique items and many historical sites namely Sittanavasal, Kudimiyanmalai,Narthamalai & Thirumayam Fort.
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This temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyanar, the security god of village which belongs to 8 villages nearby. The temple is situated in the open air atmosphere surrounded by wild trees.
The passage to this temple is lined by terracotta horses on the either side. It is assured that every tourist will get an exciting experience by visiting this temple.The annual festival lies in the month of June.
There is a cave temple in the rock which is very ancient belongs to the 8th century dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are many beautiful sculptures in the front portion of the sanctum.
Near by the sanctum there is a small shrine for goddess Parvati that belongs to 13th century. There are musical notations carved in the outer layer of the rock which are very impressive.
This small village is surrounded by 8 small hills. The name of the community here called Muthuriyar, who invaded this region between 7th and 9th century. From Nartamalai ,just 1km there is a structural shiva temple in the hill built by the Chola dynasty. This temple is made out of a single stone(monolithic) and is surrounded by 8 sub shirnes . Six out of them are in good condition and not used for religious worship.
Between 7th and 8th century this place was used by the Jains (Tirtankaras). There is a rock-cut cave temple where exists the beautiful vegetable paintings belongs to the 8th century by the Pallava dynasty.
The paintings of Apsaras, lotus pond represent the reality and also compared equally with Ajanta & Ellora paintings. This monument is under the ASI and it is maintained properly.
Tirumayam Fort Tour
This is a huge fort complex built in the 17th century by the dynasty of the Thondaiman. In the half way there are series of steps which goes to the small rock cut cave sanctum of shiva(linga).There exists a Shiva and Vishnu temple which are very nearby, behind the rock with main tower was separated by the wall that belongs to the 8th century.
We can have a majestic outlook of the Fort when we are travelling from Pudukkottai to Chettinadu. This fort was also used by the British for the military purposes. This site is the protected monument under the Archeological Survey of India.
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