Thirumayam Fort, Pudukkottai

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The Thirumayam Fort is a 40-acre wide fortress in the town of Thirumayam in Pudukkottai-Karaikudi Highway in Pudukkottai District, Tamil Nadu, India. It was constructed by Vijaya Raghunatha Sethupathi, the Raja of Ramnad in 1687. Later the fort was handed over to his brother in law Raghunatha Raya Tondaiman. The fort has been extensively renovated by Archaeological Survey of India in 2012.
The fort originally said to have been a 'ring fort' with seven concentric walls has only four surviving now. The construction of the fort is of inferior quality as small blocks of stone were used along with bricks for the building of the fortification.
The fort has three entrances; one on the north, another on the south and third on the east. The shrines dedicated to Hanuman, Sakthi, Ganapathi, Karuppar (guardian deities of the fort) are noticed on the southern side and shrine to Bhairava on the northern side. Halfway to the top on the right side a chamber which was used as magazine was noticed. Opposite to this chamber on the western slope of a boulder is a rock cut cell containing a linga on yonipitha, the spout of which is supported by the figure of a dwarf.
On the top of the rock is a bastion with cannon of British origin. To the south of this Platform is a natural pond. On the southern slope there are two rock cut temples, one of them dedicated to Sri Sathyamurthy-Sri Uyyavanda Nachiar (Vaishnavite) and another to Sri Sathyagireeswarar-Sri Venuvaneeswari (Saivite), Which are historically and religiously more important. To the northwest is another pond and to the southeast another tank. There are six more cannons mounted in the north, south and east gates.
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  • Not much crowded, small but beautiful fort on the outskirts of Pudukkottai. Has been used as an outpost for guarding the city. It gives a excellent view of the surroundings. The place is well... 
    Not much crowded, small but beautiful fort on the outskirts of Pudukkottai. Has been used as an outpost for guarding the city. It gives a excellent view of the surroundings. The place is well...  more »
  • If you’re on the way to Karaikudi then you can stop by 15-30mins. You must climb more steep steps to go to the top area. Best time to visit in the morning otherwise should be very hot. 
    If you’re on the way to Karaikudi then you can stop by 15-30mins. You must climb more steep steps to go to the top area. Best time to visit in the morning otherwise should be very hot.  more »
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  • A small sized fort. You can spend somewhere close to an hour or two here. Small sized parking space good enough for 5 to 6 cars. Parking is free, entrance charge is 25 rupees for Indians and 300 for foreigners. Watch out for monkeys in the fort. They steal/snatch food from people's hands. Toilet is available and seems hygienic. There aren't boulders or rails everywhere so parents who bring children need to be careful. Best to visit during sunset as it might get too hot. Steps are vertically inclined so senior citizens might not be able to climb easily. Maintained beautifully by the Archaeological survey of India, this fort doesn't have much to offer! There is a cannon right at the top, and the view is breathtaking. It's hard to escape the scorching sun though! Before we enter the main premise, there is a Shiva lingam in a cave that can be accessed by metal stairs. For entrance, one can pay via cash or prefer online payment by scanning the QR code. Also, ample parking space is available.
  • Loved it to the core.. take your own time n peace out yourself at the peaceful place in the world.. come at normal day n enjoy the devinity n architecture our ancestors left for us...

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