Thayumanavar Temple is located on the way to the Vinayagar
temple in Trichy. The shrine cut
into the rock is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is called "Thayumanavar".
The temple is beautiful with its 100-pillared hall and Vimanam (also spelt
as Vimana) covered in gold leaf.
The deity is known as "Thayumanavar" because according to legend Lord Shiva is said to have disguised himself as a Mother to help a poor woman deliver her baby.
A part of the rock towards east looks like a bull with its head raised. The temple appears on its hump and the bell house on its crest. Because of this the temple is also called 'Richabachalam'.
The story goes like this; once upon a time a woman devoted to Lord Shiva was living on the other side of the River Kaveri. She visited the temple daily even during her pregnancy. Suddenly after she visited the temple one-day she could not return home as the river was in spate. She waited for the waters to subside and during this time she developed labour pains. She was alone with all her relatives on the other side of the river.
Suddenly her mother arrived at the scene and attended to her as a midwife. When the child was safely delivered her mother disappeared. That was when she realised that it was the Lord, to whom she was devoted who had come in the disguise of her mother and had helped her in her hour of need. From that time the Lord in this temple came to be known as "Thayumanavar" (One who became a mother).
has an airport (5 -km from the city). Various airlines connect
Kuwait and Colombo.
Rail: Trichy is an important junction on the Southern Railway and is connected with Chennai, Thanjavur, Chidambaram, Madurai, Tirupati, Tuticorin, Tenkasi, Quilon and Rameshwaram, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Mysore, Kochi, Kanyakumari and Mangalore.
Road: Trichy is well connected by road with the important places within and beyond the state. For local transport, city bus service is available to all places of tourist interest from Central Bus Stand and from Chinthamani Guard Gate Bus Stand. Tourist taxis, auto rickshaws and cycle rickshaws are also available.
Accommodation is available at the star, moderate class and small budgeted hotels and lodges in Trichy.