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Panchavarnaswamy Temple in Woraiyur, a neighborhood in the town of Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu, shows an inscription of a man riding a bicycle. Had the people in Tiruchirapalli used bicycles around 2000 years from now? Panchavarnam, means five colors, pancha for five and varnam for color. Lord Shiva is the deity at Panchavarnaswamy temple. Panchavarnaswamy, is revered in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work, the Tevaram, written by Tirugnanasambandar aTamil saint poet classified as the nayanars and Paadal Petra Sthalam. According to the Tevaram, Tirumukeechwaram is the location of the temple.

As per legends, Shiva is believed to have appeared for sage Udanga in Pancha varnam (five different colours),hence the deity is called as Panchavarneswarar. The temple is also called as “Tirumukeechwaram”.The temple is believed to have been worshipped by Garuda.

But in the recorded history, Bicycles were invented in 1837, while “dandy horse”, the two wheeled vehicle used for transportation was said to be in use in the second half of 1810s. Kirkpatrick Macmillan(1812 – 1878) is credited with the invention of the pedal bicycle.

By Gun Powder Ma – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,
Kirkpatrick Macmillan

This first pedal bicycle was propelled by a horizontal reciprocating movement of the rider’s feet on the pedals. This movement was transmitted to cranks on the rear wheel by connecting rods; the machine was extremely heavy and the physical effort required to ride it must have been considerable. Nevertheless, Macmillan quickly mastered the art of riding it on the rough country roads, and was soon accustomed to making the fourteen-mile journey to Dumfries in less than an hour. His next exploit was to ride the 68 miles into Glasgow in June 1842. The trip took him two days and he was fined five shillings for causing a slight injury to a small girl who ran across his path.

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