LOTHARIO (Part 1, page 1 of 14)

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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 through 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 Vijayanagar 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?

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