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Monuments Of Our City
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
This Vishnu temple is located on the Srirangam Island and spread out over 155 acres. It is the largest functional Hindu temple in the world and holds 20 beautifully engraved shrines, 39 intricately-sculptured pavilions and 21 towering gopurams. The temple complex is surrounded by 7 concentric enclosures that are an architectural marvel by themselves. The main entrance (Rajagopuram) has 13 tiers of exquisitely carved figures and is the tallest temple tower in Asia.
Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort
The fort is built over an 82 meter-high giant rock that is believed to be over a billion years old. There are two ancient temples within the fort – the Ucchi Pillayar temple for Lord Ganesha and the Thayumanavar temple for Lord Shiva. There are two other exquisitely carved rock-cut temples with uniquely sculptured pillars that aren’t found anywhere else.
This ancient dam was built across the Cauvery River in the 2nd century AD to redirect the waters to irrigate the fertile delta region. It’s the second oldest functional structure in the world for water regulation and many other dams have been modeled on its unique design in recent times. Its impeccable condition and structure attract thousands of visitors every year.
Some other ancient gems that showcase South Indian architecture in its full glory include Vekkali Amman temple, Jambukeshwara temple, Subramaniya Swamy temple, etc.