Thirumayam Fort Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu
Thirumayam Fort Karaikudi, history
There are several temples in the fort complex dedicated to different Gods and Goddesses, prayers had to be offered for victory in wars. Two of the them are the famous Shiva Temple the Satyagirisvara Temple and a Vishnu temple, the Satyamurti Perumal Temple. The other shrines are dedicated to Hanuman, Sakthi, Ganapathi, Karuppar (guardian deities of the fort) on the southern side and shrine to Bhairava on the northern side.
On top of the hillock is a bastion with cannon of British origin. There are 6 more cannons mounted on north, south and east gates.Most local tourists get themselves photographed there in titanic pose.
A legend associated with the Thirumayam fort Karaikudi is: after the defeat in Poligar War in 1799, Veerapandiya Kattabomman (mind blowing names) and his brother Oomadurai were imprisoned by the British. It is said Oomadurai after his escape from Palayamkottai prison hid himself at Thirumayam Fort Karaikudi. He fought the British from here. The fort is also called Oomaiyan Fort.
How to reach Thirumayam Fort Karaikudi
By train: Nearest Railway station is Chettinad Railway station.
By road: The fort is located on Pudukkottai- Karaikudi highway. It is NH210 connecting Tiruchrapalli and Rameshwaram.
From Bangalore via NH44 with tolls, it is 407kms, doable in 7 hours approx.
Via NH48 and NH38 it is 538kms doable in 9hours approx.