Tamil Nadu Temple Run: Srirangam, Jambukeshwara Temple

This is the smaller (comparatively) of the two main temples in Srirangam, and had a quiet feel to it when I visited, except for the central sanctum which had an intense prayer/chanting session going on.

For an introduction to my Tamil Nadu Temple Run trip, visit the first (Chidambaram) post.
The photos in this post also available on flickr.
Western gopuram

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The “garage” where the temple rath (chariot) is kept

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Inner gopuram

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Inner enclosures of the temple

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Rock Fort Temple, Tiruchirappalli

I wish I could have taken photos inside Rock Fort Temple, but it was not permitted, and the light was low inside anyway. A small 17th c fort on the rock-hill that dominates old Tiruchirappalli city has been converted into temples for Shiv and Parvati. Inside the fort, which is cave-like because it is completely covered and is lit only by openings and windows on the sides, there are shrines at various levels, and stairs that go to and from different levels, so we are at the sanctum level of one temple while being face to face with the shikhar (tower) of the other. At the time I visited, an elderly man was sitting in front of the sanctum of the Shiv temple and singing a beautiful Carnatic song, while at the same time three women sat just outside the anteroom, making preparations for a puja and singing a folk devotional song in unison.

The Rock Fort Temple and city beyond, from the top of the rock-hill

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Views of the town from the summit

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