|Lalgudi (Thiruthavathurai )
லால்குடி (திருத்தவத்துறை )
|State , Region||Tamil Nadu , Chola Nadu|
|State Assembly Constituency||Lalgudi (1952 onwards)|
|Lok Sabha Constituency||Perambalur since 2009|
|Named for||red colour temple tower during 12th century|
|• Body||town panchayat|
|Elevation||57 m (187 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Lalgudi is a town in Tiruchirapalli district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The term lalgudi consists of two Urdu words – lal means "red" and gudi means "tower". The town of Lalgudi heads the Lalgudi taluk, Lalgudi division, Lalgudi Educational District, Lalgudi DSP and Lalgudi Constituency (1952 onwards).
Every two minutes there is a regular bus which connects the town with the intra-city terminal of its district headquarters (Chathiram bus stand) otherwise (main guard gate). And there is regular buses to reach the towns of Perambalur, Ariyalur, Jayankondam, Chidambaram,Thiruvaiyaru, Cuddalore, Puducherry and some buses to reach the cities like Thanjavur,Chennai,Dindigul,Tirupur Karur,Madurai and Coimbatore. The town connects with the nearby villages, with numerous town and mini buses. Through a rail network the town is well connected with the major cities like Chennai, Tiruchirapalli, Madurai, Dindigul, and the towns like Ariyalur, Srirangam,Villupuram, Cuddalore, and for air transportation the nearby airport is Tiruchirapalli International Airport just 25–30 km from the town of Lalgudi.
Lalgudi assembly constituency is one of the original constituencies in the state of Tamil Nadu formerly known as madras state. (from 1952 onwards). From the year of 2009 Lalgudi assembly constituency is part of Perambalur (Lok Sabha constituency).
The town of Lalgudi heads the Educational District of Lalgudi which comprises the taluks of Lalgudi and Manachanallur. The government-operated Lalgudi Boys Higher Secondary School and the Management-operated Girls Higher Secondary School are major schools at which most of the rural boys and girls study. Other schools include Panchayat Union Middle School, St. Anne's Primary Convent, St. Anne's Girls High school, Government Elementary Schools near Omakulam (near the police station, 1st cross - Paramasivapuram, Nannimangalam), Lions Mat Higher Secondary School, Sri Vivekananda Matriculation School for the past 28 years. Government Boys Higher Secondary School (boys) is more than 100 years old and one of the best Govt. Schools in the state.
A majority of students pursue higher education only at Tiruchirapalli due to lack of standard institutions in Lalgudi. Recently a government-run Arts and Science college is opened. "Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute" (AEC&RI) affiliated with Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) is functioning in Kumulur village in an area of 300 acres 4 km near to lalgudi offering B.Tech Agricultural Engineering.
There is also a polytechnic college in Lalgudi - Mandhurai, many of the students travel to Trichy city every day by train to pursue their college education. A Government Arts & Science college was opened in Paramasivapuram fourth cross.
As of 2001[update] India census, Lalgudi had a population of 21,204. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Lalgudi has an average literacy rate of 81%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 86%, and female literacy is 76%. In Lalgudi, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Lalgudi is famous for its temples. The Shiva Temple Saptharishieeswarar temple) is one of the early Chola period temples, and the Tamil Appar is said to have visited this temple. The statue of Lingam, the main god of the temple, is quite different from other Lingams: It has a vertical wedge-like cut on the top which is red in colour. The statue is of rock, as is this redness on the head of Lingam. There is a mythology behind the redness of this Lingam. There is also a temple for Mother Parvathi in the same temple. Punjai sangenthi is the nearest village to Lalgudi. The famous Ayyanar temple there was built during the Chola period.
There is a Shiva Temple 4 km from Lalgudi, at a village named Senni Vaikkal. The temple's date of construction is unknown. The main deity is Meenakshi Sundareswarar. The Main deity is a huge Lingam made of Maragatham (Emarald)with 'Karupacchai'(black green color) color. The lingam is really huge and the vibration in the temple is soul stirring. the sthala varaluru states Kumbera's sons came down to earth and they constructed the temple here after the vilva(leaves of vilva tree) they offered to Lord turned into Gold. The temple is quite old and cannot be visited easily as it is quite remote and not popularly known. Unfortunately this ancient and beautiful temple is in ruins and badly needs funding for restoration. All the good work is carried out by the Koil gurukkal who worshipped the lord from age 9, after taking the baton from his father, who was the earlier gurukkal. The Gurukkal, with funding made by good samaritans is doing an astounding job to do three times pooja to the Lord and keep the temple activities going. however the temple still needs Kumbabhishekam done as the last kumbabhishekam was performed 50 years ago.
- It is the birthplace of famous violinist Padma Bhushan Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman and headquarters of Pulavar Keeran during his hectic career for 20 years.
- Writer La Sa Ra ( Lalgudi Saptarishi Ramamirtham) was from Lalgudi.
- Poet, translator, essayist, dramatist, editor M. Gopala Krishna Iyer is from Lalgudi.
Dharmanathapuram is the village near Lalgudi which heads the revenue village of Neikuppai south. The village of Dharmanathapuram was surrounded by fertile wet lands. This village was established during early British period by the landlord Savarimuthu udaiyar. St. Paul of Thebes Church, Dharmanathapuram is the Roman Catholic shine present in this evergreen village. Poovalur is the most famous village about 2.5 km only from Lalgudi town. There are lot of temples, the most important one is the Pragatheswara Alayam. Periyaverseeli is another village near Lalgudi which is surrounded by the greenish fertile land.Famous "our lady of refugee" church which belongs to Roman Catholic Diocese of Kumbakonam,the famous car festival of the church being celebrated every year on the 3rd Sunday after the Easter was over, the village can be viewed in google maps by the term Periyaverseeli, Mayilarangam, Tamil Nadu. The church was built in the year 1932 by the priest singarayar. The church stand still as the symbol of faith today also.
Mayilarangam is also known for its Mayuranathar Swami Siva temple from which the village derives its name.
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