Gangai Konda Cholapuram Temple

Posted: November 10, 2011 in Temple
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Gangai Konda Cholapuram Temple

Gangai Konda Cholapuram temple’s visit is one of the fascinating trip that i have ever experienced.. It was so special because i drove car for hundredth distance.. Gangai Konda Cholapuram is around 110 KM from Thiruchirappalli. First i would like to share some specialties of that temple.

Gangai Konda Cholapuram temple was built by Rajendra Cholan(Son on Raja Raja Cholan). Gangai Konda Cholapuram temple and Brahadeeshwara temple(built by Raja Raja Cholan) are of kindred spirits.. Lord Brahadeeshwarar(Siva),Godess Brahadeeshwari(parvathi), Lord nandhi are in both temples. Lord nandhi’s statue in Gangai Konda Cholapuram is bigger than that of Brahadeeshwara. I have attached the photo of nandhi below..

Gangai Konda Cholapuram temple's Nandi

Godess Brahadeeshwari’s height in Gangai Konda Cholapuram temple is 10.5 feet and Lord Brahadeeshwar is in the form of lingam which is around 13 feet. The height of God, Goddess and nandhi is heigher than that of Tanjore Brahadeeswara temple but not the tower. To be frank, the temple is being maintained well by the authorities.. Very greenish.. There is a secret pathway to Tanjore from this temple used in ancient times. Now it’s closed, but we can view the entrance. The snap of the entrance is here.
Secret Pathway

Secret Pathway to Tanjore

We are so blessed to visit this temple during Annabishekam. Annabishekam festivel is celebrated once in an year here in this temple. Tonnes and Tonnes of rice are boiled and presented to Lord siva in the form of abishekam. We entered the temple in mid of the day. Lord Siva was almost fully immersed in rice(13 feet full of rice)..Wow! Very amazing to watch.. From evening the rice will be presented to people in the form of Annathanam(free meals). Annathanam was presented in nearby mandapam(about 5 mins walk). To be frank, this time food was okay.. This time it looked overcrowded and have to wait for an hour for meals.
Thats it from the best side of this.. Must visit this temple if you get a chance..

Here comes the worst part. The route we followed to reach Gangai Konda Cholapuram from Trichy.. We headed through lalgudi, dalmiapuram, ariyalur route.. One of the worst route .. Don’t ever think of driving in these roads.. OMG! ***.. I have one alternate pathway which we followed while retuning from there.. From Gangai Konda cholpuram head straight to reach Jayamkondam. Near bus stand there will be two roads splitting from a point. One will lead to Ariyalur thro Dalmiapuram which one is the worst .. The other one is NH route which heads through Sendurai.. Sendurai is located around 30 Kms from there. It will link to Perambalur.. No need to enter Perambalur City.. 5 Kms before Perambalur we have to turn to connect Chennai-Tiruchi National Highways..we have to travel 25 Kms extra in this route.. But its more comfortable and takes the same time(even less time if you drive fast in NH) as the other route.. So, i request you people, if you are going from Trichy to this place pls pls pls dont follow the Lalgudi route… Anyway, it became an unforgettable trip in my life in both aspects

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