Located on a 50-ft-high hill of white rock, Thiruvellarai is the place where yogi (saint) Pundarikakshan offered tulsi (holy basil) to the temple’s god and goddess. Pleased with his prayers, Lord Perumal blessed him. Incidentally, Perumal is also known as Pundarikakshan. The town is located around 25 km from Tiruchirappalli and is known for the Perumal Temple that is said to be older than the popular Srirangam Temple. The temple has three inscriptions in its two rock-cut caves, dating back to the 18th century and a swastika-shaped tank, which was built under the reign of Dantivarman, a Pallava ruler (795-846 AD), during the 9th century. The entire temple has been constructed utilising elements from Hindu mythology like the 18 steps representing the 18 chapters of the Bhagavat Gita and the entrance to the gopuram supported by four pillars signifying the four Vedas.

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