RETALIATION (Part 1, page 1 of 13)

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Part 1


In nature's infinite book of secrecy, A little I can read.

William Shakespeare

“Love comforteth like sunshine after rain,

But Lust’s effect is tempest after sun;

Love’s gentle spring doth always fresh remain,

List’s winter comes ere summer half be done;

Love surfeits not. Lust like a glutton dies;

Love is all truth. Lust full of forged lies.”

William Shakespeare

The hibernal breeze, pervading therough the entire area of the Rock Fort Temple, tried to reduce the radiation of heat since the hot sun during the day time, scorched the amorphous rocks. The clouds which made many designs on the azure sky tried to dim the refulgent sun-set but the lambency of the sunlight reflected in the west as well as the tower of the temple dedicated to Lord Vinayaga that perched at the top of the hill. To the north, one can see the Great Holy River, Cauvery flowing from west to east. On the other side of the bank of the Cauvery, there stood a magnificent temple tower dedicated to Sri Renganatha Swami on the bank of the Kollidam River. Tiruchirappalli Fort is a dilapidated fort in India which once protected the Old City of Trichy encompassing Big Bazaar Street, Singarathope, Bishop Heber School, Teppakulam and Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort. All that remains now is a railway station with that name and Main Guard Gate along West Boulevard Road in the city of Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu. The fort can be traced along West Boulevard Road in West, East Boulevard Road in East, Butter-worth Road in North and Gandhi Market to the South. Tiruchirapalli Fort Railway Station lies opposite the Main Guard Gate and Tiruchirapalli Town Station lies towards its Eastern Entrance. Strategically sited on the bank of the River Cauvery (Kaveri) in Southern India, about 56 miles (90 km) from the sea, Trichinopoly was the third most important fortified post in the Madras Presidency (after Fort St. George and Fort St. David). The rectangular fort was built to enclose the Rock, one of several natural outcrops of volcanic gneiss which rise abruptly from the plain.

Do you know how this city has come to be known as Tiruchy?

When Lord Sri Rama returned to Ayodhya after rescuing Mother Sita from the captivity of Ravana, Sri Sugriva, Sri Hanuman and Sri. Vibishana accompanied the Lord to participate in the coronation function of the Lord. While returning back with the gift of ‘Sri Renganatha idol’ from Sri Rama, Vibishana came to the south. Seeing the beauty of the Cauvery and the sceneic environment, he wanted to relax for a while. Lord Vinayaka was there in the guise of a little boy. Vibishana asked the boy to take care of the gift of idol of Lord Ranganatha. After waiting for Vibishana, the boy placed the idol on the ground and hid himself in the hill. Vibishana was shocked to see the boy missing. He applied all his energy to move the idol but failed. Thus Lord Ranganatha, bound to Sri Lanka, cut short His journey and chose Sri Rangam as His abode. Seeing the boy at the top of the hill, Vibishana chased him and hit him on his head. The scar is still visible on the idol of Vinayaka. Thus, Lord Vinayaka along with Lord Renganatha nearby is ruling the city gracefully. In the meanwhile, a furious contest arose between Adisehsa and Vayu to decide the supremacy of their prowess. The condition was to shake violently Mount Kaliash. Defeating Adeishesha, when Vayu broke the Mount, a part of it fell in this place. A demon called, Tirishira was doing penance on Lord Siva. Though many years passed, Lord Siva delayed His Darshan to test his purity. He therew two of his heads in the fire and when he was about to therow the third head, Lord Siva appeared before him and restored his two heads. As requested by him, Lord Siva agreed to stay here in the name of “Thirisira Nathar”. The place came to be known as “Tirishiramalai, now changed as ‘Tiruchirappalli.

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