Tirumayam is located at a distance of 79 km to the south of
Tiruchirapalli and is one of the
108 Divya Desams. Tirumayam has two cave temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu
and Lord Shiva, which are visited by large number of devotees.
Mahendravarman and Narasimhavarman Pallava built the cave temples, which
lie adjacent to each other.
About The Temple
It is a beautiful rock cut temple with interesting images in bas-relief. The Shiva temple has some inscriptions of music. There are two shrines in the Vishnu temple, and one where the Lord is represented in a reclining posture is particulary remarkable as it is the largest of its kind in the country. On the walls behind the idol are beautiful carvings depicting Vishnu and the serpent Adisesha chasing away Rakshasas (demons) by spewing fire and poison.
The image of Satyagirinathan is an imposing one. There sanctum and the ArdhaMandapam in the Shiva temple are rock cut. There is a shrine to Valampuri Vinayakar (also spelt as Vinayaka) here. There are also bronze images to Natarajar and Somaskandar and several other beautiful rock carvings.
Air: The nearest airport is at
Rail: The nearest major railway station is in Tiruchirapalli (79-km), which lies on the Chennai-Madurai main line.
Road: There are regular buses from Tiruchirapalli and Pudukkottai (25-km). For local transportation auto and cycle rickshaws are available.
Accommodation is available at the star, moderate calss and small budgeted hotels, and lodges in Tiruchirapalli.