I stayed in Hotel Ramyas located near to Trichy Bus Stand. The service is normal and not to the expectation, facilities can be termed as ok.
Entrance of Thiruppathur Brahmapureeswarar temple. This temple is believed to be the shrine worhshipped by Brahma to get rid of curse. There is a small shrine for Bramha in the sitting posture. It believed to be the only shrine for Bramha and no where else in the world. This temples encompasses 10 small shrines of Lord Shiva and worshipped by Bramha. They are Sri Bhramapureeswara, sri pazamalainathar, sri pathala eswarar, sri sudharaneeswarar, sri thayumannar, sri sabthagereswarar, sri kalathinathar, sri jambukeswarar, sri kailasanathar, sri arunachaleeswarar, sri ekambreswarar, sri manduganathar. This temple believed to be the place of Pathanchali munivar samadhi. This temple is a peaceful place for meditation and not yet poluted by technological infrastructure!!!
kailasanathar shrine within the premises of Thiruppathur Brahmapureeswarar temple. People who visited some pallava shrines can definitely categorize this to the same type. But no official hoardings or boards on this in the venue!!!
Next we went to.....kasi viswanathar temple
This is very nearby Brahmapureeswarar temple. We found difficult to trace this temple as localities identify this temple as "Kasi viswanathar temple". We enquired them "where is another temple of Lord Shiva"?. They say there is no temple of siva, but kasi viswanathar temple exists few yards from here?!!! Strange!!!. Ok we are glad, they could guide us to temple. This temple believed to be existing since millions of years ago and beholds the samadhi of Vayakyapatha rishi. This place is also called as Thirupidavur. This place was mentioned by Poet Nakkeerar as "Needungai Venmaan Narungadi Pidavur Arrapeyar Saathaan Kilaiyon Peruma".
There is a structure similar to brindavanam as soon as you enter the temple. It is one believed to be the samadhi of Vayakyapatha rishi. the structure have the bas relics of dasa avathara.
It is believed that this area was submerged by ocean million of years ago and hence the images of fishes, reptiles and dinosaurs are chiselled at the walls of the temples. I could see a bas relics similar to dragon - great it is awesome. The pond nearby believed to be created by rishi and hence it resembles the shape of tigers foot. (I could not visualize that!).
hmm... this is the dragon image chisseled at the walls of the temple. Strange !! what is the relationship of Dragon and Shiva temple?!!! Localities say it is nothing but Dinosaurs and this indicates that temple is quite old... insteresting inst it?
Next we enquired about Sastha temple and one of the oldest temple....it is also nearby (.5 km from) Brahmapureeswara temple.
This Sastha temple seems to be old and localites know this temple by name Ayyanar.
There exists a stone inscription at Thirupattur Sastha/Ayyanar temple. Unable to understand what is written in that, but a strong clue on the age of the temple!!!A good glimpse of Thriupattur Sastha/Ayyanar temple.
Next our journey towards Thuraiyur Srinivasa perumal temple....
Quite insteresting spot. This temple is at the hill top and took 30 minutes drive from the foot of the hill. No doubt to be called as "Small Thriupathi". Here the main deity is Lord Srinivasa perumal surrounded by Sri devi, boodevi thayars. One strange i noticed some the arrows (Vels)and small brass statue with horse and a rider (similar to Karupannasamy) in the Prakara. The priest said it is the statue of Sri Karikala chola and he who worshipped God beneath a Ellanthai tree to give him darshan. God pleased with him and appeared before him. Still there is a trunk of that tree. The king is the one who constructed temple. The mandapa contains musical pillars (protected with fence now) and bas-relics of Dasa avathara. These relics are very sharp and beautiful.
Next we moved towards Thiruvallarai near Thuraiyur...
The simple and serene entrance of Thiruvallarai Pundarareekacha temple (Thuraiyur). This temple believed to be the first temple in the world as the localites say it exists from millions of years ago. Here the main deity is perumal in standing posture. Lord is holding the Chakra as though it is kept ready to spin against enemies - this is an unusual sculpture and unique at this temple. The statue lost its smoothness and it is very rough - where lot of dipletion of rocky surface could be seen. One important note here is - i could see the similar image of Vishnu (where the uniqueness of sri chakra posture) at Narthamalai rock cut temples too.
At the entrance Thiruvallarai Pundarareekacha temple (Thuraiyur)
Some of the old inscriptions at Thiruvallarai Pundarareekacha temple (Thuraiyur)
One of my most interesting and eager to see at Thiruvallarai Vadajumbulingeswarar temple. We enquired at Thiruvallarai and some of them could guide us...
Unfortunately, my camera charge is exhausted and hence unable to take pics...This temple is by Mahendravarma pallava - Rock cut type. It houses the shrine of lord shiva(linga form) with cut images of Ganesha, Vishnu, Shiva and Grabhagraha and its adjascent area are rock cut and it is extended with attachments now. The temples has lot of old tamil inscriptions (in good conditions). Surprised, I could not see any ASI boards over there?