|Venkataramana temple, Gingee fort.Flickr|
Venkataramana temple atop the hill in Gingee Fort (Tamil Nadu), near Pondicherry city, is a beautiful sprawling and artistically rich temple with east facing tall tower. Built by Muthialu Nayaka in 1540 A.D. - 1550 A.D, the temple is inside the Fort, and people who come to this temple are the visitors to this fort. This historical fort was once under the control of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. In this temple, there are deities of Devi, Aandaal and Narasimha. There are two prakarams around the sanctum, besides halls - Kalyana Mandapa, Urchava Mandapa and Yaga Sala Mandapa with stone (granite) pillars. Under the management of the ASI (Archaeological Society of India), it seems, no pooja protocol is observed here in the temple at present.
|hall (mantap) and stone pillars,Venkataramana temple, Gingee fort. Tripoto|
|paneled stone carvings, Venkataramana temple . Gingee. madhugopalan.com/|
|Venkataramana temple, Gingee fort. madhugopalan.com|
A trip to this massive fort and Venkataramana temple on the hills will never disappoint you. It will be a unique experience in a serene, but eerie-like place,that witnessed many battles centuries ago.
|Venkataramana temple tower, Gingee fort. madhugopalan.com/|
|Venkataramana temple, Gingee fort. madhugopalan.com/|
|gingee fort atop the hill. Tamil Nadu. The News Minute|