Sunday, January 4, 2009
UCHAPULIYAR TEMPLE, TRICHY
Located 320 km from Chennai and 150 km from Madurai.
Trichy is also known for the famous and the fascinating Rock Fort, an architectural marvel that is built on a 83 m high rock, rising amidst the plains.
The rock is one of the oldest in the world-approximately 3.800
million years, which makes it as old as the rocks of Greenland and older than the Himalayas.
344 steps hewn out of rock lead to the top where there are
inscriptions dating back to the 3rd century BC.
At the top of the rock is the Uchipillaiyar Koil, a temple dedicated to Lord Vinayaka from where one can enjoy a panoramic view of Tiruchirappalli.
A flight of steps leads to the Mathrubutheswarar of
Thayumanaswami temple, dedicated to Lord Siva where the
lingam is a projection of the rock itself.
The Rock is said to be 3800 million years old.
The materials like Quartz used in glass making and felspar used
in ceramic are found in this Rock formation.