Ranked 8 among Places to Visit in Srirangapatna
Time Required: 2-3 hrs
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, a beautifully carved temple complex, is located in Srirangapatna in the south-western state of Karnataka, India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ranganatha who is considered as an avatar of Lord Vishnu in Hindu religion. The temple complex brightens up as the sun rises and the vibe is so divine one cannot explain but only experience here. Pause and notice the exotic carvings on the gopuram before you enter the temple. The complex is surrounded by the beautiful River Kaveri which adds to the beauty of the temple. The ghats of the river are frequented for taking a dip before entering the holy temple complex.
In Hinduism, the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangapatna is considered as one of the five most important and sacred shrines devoted to Lord Ranganath. These sites are called Pancharanga Kshetram and are of very high religious importance. The presiding deity of this temple is the Adi Ranga, or the 'first Ranga'. The temple has a rich history associated with it and is visited by devotees from all over the world. It comes under the Archaeological Survey of India and is considered as a monument of National Importance.
On some religiously important days, there could be a long line of devotees waiting patiently to offer prayers to the divine idol that is seen in a reclining posture over the Sheshanaga. An inscription in the temple premises indicates that the shrine was first sanctified around 984 AD. Do notice the impressive tower at the main entrance and the embellishments on the entire structure. Innumerable such intricacies make the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple an enthralling architectural marvel and must be included on your list of places to visit.
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