Padal Petra Sthalams Temples - Tiruchirappalli
Some beautiful carvings including a snake passing through a pillar, entwined snakes with Lingam in the middle and Muruga worshiping Shiva are seen here.
258 steps lead to the temple and a further further 150 odd steps takes one to the top of the hill and the Uchipillayar Temple from where one gets wonderful views.
The temple had been under attack from the French, British and the Mysore armies during the Karnataka War of 18th Century CE.
A large east facing temple with a 3 tier Rajagopuram and a Theppakulam in the front set amidst green fields and coconut groves.
The shrine at the place where the lord is believed to have appeared for Thirunavukkarasar is below the ground level.
This is one of the Pancha Bootha Temples representing Water. The priest of the Goddess shrine dresses up in female attire and goes to perform rites to the lord here.
The Lord is said to have been worshiped here by Indra and other Devas in the form of Ants (Erumbu) and thus the name.