Ucchi Pillayar Temple | History, Timings, Poojas & Address

Ucchi Pillayar Temple, also known as the Arulmigu Tayumana Swamy Temple and Rockfort Temple, is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha in Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu. The Ucchi Pillayar temple timings are from 06:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Ucchi Pillayar Temple

The Rockfort Temple Complexity has three shrines, two dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the Manikka Vinayagar Temple at the foot and the Uchi Pillayar Temple Rockfort at the top of Tayumanavar Temple between them.

The Thaimanavar Temple, the most significant of the three, houses the Amman (goddess) and the main deity.

ucchi pillayar temple rockfort

According to legends, this rock is where King Ganesh fled from Vibhishana after establishing the deity Ranganathaswamy in Srirangam.

According to epigraphic sources, the hill fort temple was built in the 6th century under the patronage of Mahendra Pallava-Gunaparan. Uchi Pillaiyar Temple is located at the top of Rock Fort Hill.

The sanctuary is 273 feet high, and you must climb 400 steps to reach the temple. You have to cross the Sri Tayumanavar Temple about halfway up. Although the climb is challenging, the gentle breeze refreshes our energy so that we can climb without much pressure.

The panoramic view of the entire Tiruchirappalli and Srirangam temple from the Uchi Vinayakar Temple is spectacular.


When Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after rescuing Sita from the captivity of Ravana, Sugriva, Hanuman, and Vibhishana accompanied the Lord to participate in the coronation ceremony.

Vibhishana came to the south with the idol of Sri Ranganatha as a gift from Sri Rama. The attractiveness of the Cauvery River and the scenic atmosphere made him want to relax for a while. There, Ganesha was disguised as a small child.

He asked the boy to take back Ranganath’s idol. After waiting for Vibhishana, the boy placed the idol. Vibhishana was shocked to see that the boy was missing.

He used all his strength to move the statue but failed. Thus, Lord Ranganatha, going to Sri Lanka, shortened his journey and chose Sri Ranga as his abode.

Vibhishana saw the boy on the hill and hit him on the head, his scar still visible on the idol of Vinayaka. Therefore, Lord Ganesha and Ranganatha will gracefully rule us in the Ucchi Pillayar temple.

Rockfort Temple

There was fierce competition between the Adishesha and the Vayu to determine the supremacy of their merit, a situation where Mount Kailash had to shake violently. While blowing Adiseshu, a part fell here when the air broke the mountain.

A demon named Tirishira (a three-headed monster) is doing penance for Lord Shiva. Although many years had passed, Lord Shiva delayed his darshan to test his purity.

He threw his two heads into the fire and was about to throw the third one. The Lord appeared in front of him and restored his head.

As he requested, Lord Shiva agreed to stay here on behalf of Tirisira Nathar (based on the story of the Tirisira monster). This place was called Tirishiramalai and is now known as Tiruchirappalli.

Ucchi Pillayar Rockfort Temple

Isn’t it fascinating to hear these historical stories? Yes, these are the beliefs of the people behind this temple. Apart from the Rockfort Temple, Trichy has many other attractions, such as Srirangam, Kollidam Bridge, Kallanai, Our Lady of Lourdes Church and Butterfly Park.

rockfort temple

The Ramyas Hotels are not far from these places and are about 10 km away. Getting it is easy. You can hear many historical stories from the people there, making it even more exciting.

Ucchi Pillayar Temple Timings

The Ucchi Pillayar Temple timings are from 6 AM to 8 PM

Thayumana Swamy Temple: 06:00 AM To 12:00 Noon and 04:00 PM to 08:30 PM

Manikka Vinayagar Temple: 05:00 AM To 12:00 Noon and 04:00 PM to 09:00 PM

It will take 25 to 30 mins on weekdays, 30 to 40 mins on weekends and 2 to 3 hours during festivals.

Ucchi Pillayar Temple Pooja Timings

Six Poojas were offered every day.

Pooja DetailsUcchi Pillayar Temple Timings
        Usakkalam        6:30 AM to 7:00 AM
        Kalasandhi        8:30 AM to 9:00 AM
        Ucchikaalam(afternoon Pooja)        08:00 AM to 09:30 AM
        Saayarachai Pooja(Evening)        05:00 PM to 06:00 PM
        Fifth Kalam        06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
        Ardhajama Pooja(Night)        7:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Temple Pooja Details
  • Uchi Malai
  • Archanai
  • Abishekam
  • Rudra Japam
  • Sangabishegam
  • Irumudi Kattu
  • Mahalakshmi Homam
  • Abishekam For Manikka Vinayakar
  • Manikka Vinayakar Sandana Kappu
  • Abishekam For Uchi Pillayar Sandana Kappu
  • Ganapathy Homam
  • Abishekam for Uchi Pillaiyar, Mattuvar Kullammai, Thayumana Swamy
  • Pudhu Kanaku Poduthal
  • Naga Puranam for Thayumana Samy
  • Uchi Pillayar Sandana Kappu
  • Manika Vinayakar Sandana Kappu
  • Abishekam and Kanikai
  • Flower Malai for God
  • Special Entrance for Manikka Vinayakar Sanathi
  • Manika Vinayakar Thanga Kavasam
  • Vada Malai for Nandi Temple and Anjaneya
Festivals Celebrated
  • Pongal
  • Aadi (Aadi Pooram) 11 Days
  • Avani (Vinayagar Sagurthi) 14 Days
  • Purattasi (Navarathari) 10 Days
  • Kandha Sasti 7 Days
  • Panguni (Theppa Thiruvila) 10 Days
  • Chithirai (Thiru Ther) 14 Days
  • Vasantha Urchavavilla 10 Days
  • Thiru Karthigai Deepam
  • Pradhosam
  • Tamil and English New Year days
  • Deepavali
  • Skanda Sashti
  • Deepavali

Dress Code:

Any good dress code is allowed in Uchi Pillaiyar Temple. The traditional dress code is mandatory when performing pujas.

Best Hotels near Temple

  • Hotel Susee Park, 0.3 km
  • Hotel Royal Satyam, 0.4 km
  • Krishna Lodge, 0.5 km
  • Hotel Deepam, 0.45 km
  • Prasana Devi Lodge, 0.52 km
  • Hotel Chitra, 0.87 km
  • PL A Residency Trichy, 0.91 km
  • Vivid A Boutique Hotel, 0.95 km
  • Hotel Shree Swarna’s Palace, 1.05 km
  • Grande Inn Trichy, 0.97 km

How to reach Ucchi Pillayar Rockfort Temple

Road: Temple is 5 Km from Central Bus Station and 1.0 Km from Chathiram Bus Station.

The temple is 500 m from Trichy Main Gate. Bus frequency is high from Trichy Bus station to the temple.

Train: The nearest railway station is Trichy, 5 km away.

Air: The nearest airport is at Trichy, 8.4 Km away.


Arulmigu Thayumana Swamy Temple


Trichy – 620 002

Phone No: 0431 – 2704621.

Temple Accountant: Aravanayselvan.

Accountant Mobile No: 99421 63041

Email: thiruchyrockforttemple@gmail.com