Sri Ranganatha Temple Srirangam

Srirangam Temple Trichy

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam is located about 7 km from Trichy (Tiruchirapalli) in Tamil Nadu, India. Srirangam Ranganathaswamy Temple is the first and foremost among the 108 Divya Desams, the holy abodes of Lord Vishnu, and also considered as one among the eight Svayam Vyakta Ksetras (self-manifested shrines) of Lord Vishnu. According to Sri Vaishnava philosophy, the eight Svayam Vyakta Ksetras of Lord Vishnu are Srirangam, Srimushnam, Venkatadri, Saligram, Naimisaranyam, Totadri, Pushakara and Badrinath Temple.

Trichy Srirangam Temple is also known by the names Thiruvaranga Tirupati, Periyakoil, Bhoologa Vaikundam and Bhogamandabam. Sri Ranganatha Temple at Srirangam lies on an island, enclosed by the Kaveri River and Kollidam River. Lord Vishnu is enshrined as Ranganatha - the reclining position of Lord Vishnu over the Shesha Nag (serpent Adisesha). It is believed that this is the form in which Lord Mahavishnu is open to listening to all of his devotee's woes, and blesses them. Lord Ranganatha or Ranganathar is also called by various names such as Nam-Perumal and Azhagiya Manavalan by the devotees.

Temple History

Srirangam Temple White Gopuram The Srirangam history occupies an important place in the spiritual history of India as one of the majority worship place of Vishnuism (vainavam in Tamil), which Grow vigorously particularly in the south from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries. It was the seat of a school of philosophy whose most outstanding leader was the famous Vaishnava teacher (aacharyar in tamil) Ramanujar (Eleventh to Twelfth Centuries.

The origin of the temple srirangam history is entirely mythological and acceptable evidences are there, that its first architectural from is traditionally attributed to Chola kings of whose existence there is no historical proof. But in to ancient times the references to the temple in Silappdigaram, a Sangam Work (Tamil Sangam) in the collection "the four thousand Hymns" (NalayarathivyaPrabatahngal) they explain the god of Srirangam lord Sri ranganatha, Vishnu reposing (Tharisanam in Tamil) with the goddess Lakshmi on the coach of the thousand – hooded serpent (in tamil aayeram thalai nagam), known as Ranganatha in its southern form , or as the Seshasayanamurti or the Anantasyasna of the Vishnu-Narayana of Classical northern Vishnuism; a cosmic god who is one of the specific figures of the cult of Vaishnava Bhakti(1), a concept of which goes back to the Rig veda.

Trichy Srirangam temple is often listed as the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world.

Ranganathaswamy Temple Features and Architectural Grandeur

Srirangam Temple Gopuram Built between 11th and 17th century, Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple occupies an area of 156 acres and is regarded as the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world. Vishnu Temple of Srirangam, renowned for its architectural grandeur, features 7 concentric walls, termed as prakarams and these walls are enclosed by 21 Gopurams. The 72m high 13-tiered gopuram called Rajagopuram stands majestically above all other towers and is one of the tallest towers in Asia. It is said that the shore of Sri Lanka can be seen from the top of this Rajagopuram. The tower was built in 1987 and the other 20 gopurams were built between the 14th and 17th centuries.

Another awesome feature of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is the Hall of 1000 Pillars which has beautifully carved stone pillars. The main sanctum which houses Lord Ranganatha has a golden Ranga Vimana and is set at the center of the inner most prakaram. Ranganatha, who is seen reclining on the serpent Adisesha, is flanked by his consorts Bhoodevi and Sridevi. The Seshagirirayar Mandapam, with exquisitely carved pillars and the 17th century Krishnavenugopala Temple adorned with sculptures dating back to Vijayanagara period are other attractions. A small temple museum exhibits fine sculptures. The complex also has shrines for the different forms of Lord Vishnu such as Sudarshana Chakra, Narasimha, Rama, Hayagreeva, Gopala Krishna. There is a separate shrine for Goddess Ranganayaki and other shrines for the major saints in the Vaishnava tradition, including Ramanuja.

The annual 21 day festival conducted during the Tamil month of Margazhi (December–January) attracts 1 million visitors.

Temple Timings

Sri Ranganathar Temple is open for devotees from 06:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily.

Day Timings
Viswaroopa Seva 6.00 am - 7.15 am
Pooja Time (No Darshan) 7.15 am - 9.00 am
Darshan Timings 9.00 am - 12.00 pm
Pooja Time (No Darshan) 12.00 pm - 1.15 pm
Darshan Timings 1.15 pm - 5.45 pm
Pooja Time (No Darshan) 5.45 pm - 6.45 pm
Darshan Timings 6.45 pm - 8.45 pm

Devotees please note that the timings of darshan are subject to change on Festival Days.

Festivals at Srirangam

There are a number of major and minor festivals celebrated at Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Tamilnadu. The festivals includes ...

1. Chithirai Ther (March - April)

2. Jestabishekam (June - July)

3. Pavithrothsavam (August – September)

4. Srikrishna Jayanti (August – September)

5. Oonjal (October - December)

6. Kaisiga Ekadasi (November – December)

7. Vaikunta Ekadasi (December - January)

How to reach Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple Srirangam

Srirangam by Train : Srirangam Railway Station, situated on the Chennai - Kanyakumari Railway Line, is the nearest railway station. However the nearest major railway station is the Tiruchirapalli Junction Railway Station or Trichy Railway Junction, about 9 km from Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple.

Srirangam by Air : Tiruchirapalli International Airport or Trichy Airport, located on the NH 210 Tiruchirapalli - Rameswaram Highway, is the nearest airport (15 KM) to reach Srirangam.

Srirangam by Bus : Regular bus services are available to most parts of Tamilnadu from Srirangam.

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