Uchipillaiyar Temple

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Location : Thiruchirapalli, Tamil Naud
Presiding Deity: Uchchi Pillaiyar (Lord Vinayaka)
Special Feature: Non-Hindus Are Allowed Into The Temple


Thiruchirapalli popularly known as "Trichy" or "Thiruchchi" or "Trichi" is second most important commercial town in Tamil Nadu situated about 320-km south of Chennai. Trichy is famous for its Rock Fort Temple complex, which comprises of three temples dedicated to Lord Vinayakar, Lord Shiva and Manikka Vinayakar.

Lord Vinayakar (also spelt as Vinayaka) temple is on top of the rock and he is called "Uchchi Pillaiyar", because of the higher elevation of the shrine. From top of the rock one can enjoy a panoramic view of Tiruchi.

The temple is manifested on a rock that is 83 metres tall. It is a stiff climb, up the 437 steps cut into the stone to the top but well worth for the view. Non-Hindus are not allowed into the Vinayaka temple.

The Legend
According to The Legend prevailing there was a dispute between Adishesha, the serpent that serves both as a canopy and the couch of Sri Mahavishnu, and Vayu, the god of wind. Adishesha and Vayu wanted to know who was the stronger of the two. It was decided that Adishesha would coil round Mount Meru and Vayu would try to dislodge the mount from the grip of Adishesha.

The challenge was taken up and Vayu threw himself with all his might and tried to dislodge the mountain while it was held firmly in the coils of Adishesha. Sooner the contest became very intense and the whole world suffered from a deluge of rain and battering storm. During this conflict a chip of the mountain had dislodged and fell on the earth. However, Vayu could not loosen Adishesha's grip and conceded defeat. The chip of Mount Meru that fell on the earth is believed to be the rock now called "Rock Fort" in Thiruchchi.

Another Legend Associated With The Deity At Rock Fort
There is also another legend associated with the deity at Rock Fort. Vibishana of the epic Ramayana was returning to his country Sri Lanka, carrying the Ranga Vimanam presented to him by Sri Rama. He stopped near the river Kaveri for his daily religious rites. There he handed over the 'Ranga Vimanam' to a boy standing near by with strict instructions that the Vimanam should not be put on the ground.

When Vibishana returned after his ablutions in the river he found that the boy had placed the Vimanam on the ground. He became angry and tried to lift it on to his arms. The Vimanam got stuck where it was placed and would not budge. Vibishana became so angry that he slapped the boy on his face and chased him to give him more blows. The boy ran away to the top of the rock and stood transformed into Vinayaka (also spelt as Vinayak). Thus a shrine was built where he stood transformed. Devotees believe that the depression on the deity's face was the result of Vibushana's slap.

HOW TO GET THERE

Air: Trichy has an airport (5-km from the city). Various airline services connect Trichy with Chennai, Sharjah, Kuwait and Colombo.
Rail: Trichy is an important junction on the Southern Railway. It is connected by rail with places like Chennai, Thanjavur, Chidambaram, Madurai, Tirupati, Tuticorin, Tenkasi, Quilon, Rameshwaram, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Mysore, Kochi, Kanyakumari and Mangalore.
Road: Trichy is well connected by road with important places of South India. For local transport, city bus service is available to all places of tourist interest from the Central Bus Stand and from Chinthamani Guard Gate Bus Stand. Tourist taxis, auto rickshaws and cycle rickshaws are also available for local transportation.

WHERE TO STAY

Trichy, being the second biggest city in the state has varied accommodation options for tourists varying from the economic class to luxurious ones.



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