December 13, 2010

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam

The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, India is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ranganatha, a reclining form of Lord Vishnu. It is the first and foremost among the 108 Divya Desams, the holy abodes of Lord Vishnu. It is also considered to be one among the eight Svayam Vyakta Ksetras ("self-manifested shrines") of Lord Vishnu.
The temple is also well known for its architectural grandeur. The annual 21 day chariot festival conducted during the month of Margazhi (Dec-Jan) attracts lot of visitors. Everyday during the festival, the sacred Vaishnavite text, Tiruvaimozhi is recited before Lord Ranganatha.
Among the marvels of the temple is a Hall of 1000 Pillars (actually 953) which has intricately carved stone pillars
Date built: Unknown (it is existing in some form for more than last 10000 years. Lord Sri Rangantha was the family deity of Lord Rama and his ancestors)


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