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177/365 – Ucchi Pillayar koil

Proper name: Ucchi Pillayar koil or Thayumanaswamy koil
Country: India
State: Tamil Nadu
Location: Tiruchi
Primary Deity: Thayumanavar(Shiva), Manikka Vinayar(Ganesha), Uchi Pillayar (Ganesha)
Consort: Mattuvar Kuzhalammai(Parvathi)
Appeared For: Thayumanava Adigal
Architectural styles: Dravidian architecture
Date built: 7th century AD
Creator: unknown

Ucchi Pillayar koil, is a 7th century Hindu temple, one dedicated to Lord Ganesh located a top of Rockfort, Trichy, India.Mythologically this rock is the place where Lord Ganesh ran from King Vibishana, after establishing the Ranganathaswamy deity in Srirangam.


The Rock Fort temple stands 83m tall perched atop the rock. The smooth rock was first cut by the Pallavas but it was the Nayaks of Madurai who completed both the temples under the Vijayanagara empire.

The temple is situated at the top of the rock. The temple is mystic in its nature with an awe-inspiring rock architecture. The Ganesh temple is much smaller with an access through steep steps carved on the rock and provides a stunning view of Trichy, Srirangam and the rivers Kaveri and Kollidam.

Due to its ancient and impressive architecture created by the Pallavas, the temple is maintained by the Archaeological department of India.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ucchi_Pillayar_Temple,_Rockfort

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