The Rock Fort temple complex in Tiruchirappalli (Trichi)is an aggregate of three temples - the Manikka Vinayaka temple situated at the foot of the hill, the Uchhi Pillayar Koyil situated at the top of the hill and the Taayumaanava Koyil (Shivastalam) situated on the hill.
This extraordinary temple has a 100-pillared hall, and a Vimana, veiled with gold. The southern side of the rock, has several beautifully carved, rock-cut cave temples, of the Pallava period. This temple was built by the Nayaks, who established the city of Tiruchirapalli. During the British-French struggle, the Rock Fort Temple was one of the main centers, around which, the wars of the Carnatic were fought in the 18th century. This photo is from the inside of the rock cave Temple.
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