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Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam, Tamilnadu


  • Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam


  • In the ancient town of Srirangam, located on an island between the Kaveri and Kollidam rivers in Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, stands the magnificent Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple. The temple is dedicated to Ranganatha, a form of the Supreme God, Maha Vishnu. Constructed in the Dravidian architectural style, the temple is glorified by Alvars (Vaishnava Saints) in their Divya Prabhandam (holy chants) and has the unique distinction of being not only the foremost among the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Vishnu, but also the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world.
  • A temple at Srirangam is mentioned in Tamil Sangam literature (3rd century BC to the 4th century AD), including the Tamil epic Silapadikaram. The first temple at Srirangam was built by Dharma Varma Chola. Later when Kaveri river flood destroyed the temple, Early Chola King Killivalavan rebuilt the temple complex present today. From 9th to 16th Centuries temple was expanded, repaired and rebuilt several times by Chola, Pandya, Hoysala and Vijaynagar dynasties.


  • The Srirangam temple is the largest temple compound in India and one of the largest religious complexes in the world. The temple is enclosed by 7 concentric enclosures with courtyards (termed prakarams or mathil suvar). Each layer has walls and gopurams, which were built or fortified in and after the 16th century. It occupies an area of 155 acres (63 ha) with 81 shrines, 21 towers, 39 pavilions, and many water tanks integrated into the complex.
  • It is one of the most illustrious Vaishnava temples in South India rich in legend and history. The temple has played an important role in Vaishnavism history starting with the 11th-century career of Ramanuja and his predecessors Nathamuni and Yamunacharya in Srirangam. The temple town is a significant archaeological and epigraphical site, providing a historic window into the early and mid medieval South Indian society and culture.


Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam, Tamilnadu



Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam, Tamilnadu


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Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam, Tamilnadu


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Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam, Tamilnadu


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Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam, Tamilnadu


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Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam, Tamilnadu


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Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam, Tamilnadu


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Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam, Tamilnadu