TIRUCHI: A website on the historical Rock Fort Sri Thayumanasamy Temple, a famous landmark in the city, was launched at the temple on Sunday.
The tri-language website, www.thiruchyrockfort.org, provides information about the temple in Tamil, English and Hindi. Classified into various titles, it deals on the history of the Rock Fort with focus on its geological significance; religious legends of Lord Ganapathy; festivals being celebrated at the temple; legends of various shrines, tanks and shrines at the Rock Fort; the important legend of Lord Shiva being christened as Sri Thayumanaswamy after he served as a midwife to a woman who developed labour pain; the link between the Rock Fort; and the temples in the neighbourhood including Sri Thantondreeswarar.
The website also lists out puja rituals; the temple calendar (panchangam) with dates of important festivals; and ‘slokas’ on Lord Ganapathy; Lord Shiva and Sri Subramanya.Devotees from distant places and planning to visit the temple will benefit from the details of ‘E-puja.’ The types of ‘pujas’ being performed and offering ‘puja’ through tickets form the major features.
A devotee, Rammohan Rangan of Vairang Solutions, who designed and developed the website and dedicated it to the temple, said that the photo gallery of the website projected the images of all the important deities at the temple. It had been planned to include the hymns and verses of ‘Thevaram’ and songs sung by Saint Thayumanavar under ‘Slokas’ in course of time. Under the ‘e-darshan,’ temple festivals such as car-festivals and ‘Karthigai Deepam’ would be uploaded live in future.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the temple, M. Sundararajulu, who launched the website, said that the website would facilitate the devotees to access accurate information about the Rock Fort temple. He said that efforts were being taken to provide rope car facility at the Rock Fort. Devotees would be able to reach the Rock Fort within a couple of minutes from its base.
The Joint Commissioner of Hindu and Religious Charitable Endowments, Ganesan, said that the website would be of great help to devotees. The Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department accorded permission for launching the website.