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Srirangam - Lord Sri Ranganatha Temple

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, also known as Thiruvaranga Tirupati, is one of the most illustrious Vaishnav temples in the country, dedicated to Ranganatha, a reclining form of Lord Vishnu. Situated in an island of Srirangam that is bounded by the two rivers of Kavery and Kollidam (a tributary of Cauvery), this living temple and sacred centre of pilgrimage is counted as the first and foremost among the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Bhagwan Vishnu.

srirangam Temple Images

Pilgrim Attractions

  • One of the most illustrious temples in the country, dedicated to Lord Ranganatha
  • Situated in an island town of Srirangam formed by river Kavery
  • First and foremost among the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Bhagwan Vishnu
  • Srirangam temple is listed as the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world
  • Sanctum sanctorum is surrounded by Sapta-Prakaram (7 rectangular walls), spread in 156 acres
  • Evidences prove the origin of the temple in 1st century CE during the Sangam period
  • The architectural expansions by several royal dynasties from 1st to 17th centuries
  • 1000 pillar Mandapam, Sesharayar, Garuda, Kili and Ranga Vilasa Mandapams
  • 21 huge Gopurams including the Rajagopuram, second tallest in the world (72 mts)
  • Over 640 inscriptions existed in the temple, those are spanned over 1000 years
  • The walls have exquisite mural paintings using herbal and vegetable dyes, lasted till now
  • More than 10 Vahanas beautifully carved with wood to mount the lord during Utsavams
  • Two large Temple tanks inside the temple, Chandra Pushkarini and Surya Pushkarini

Where is Srirangam

Srirangam town is the part of Tiruchirappalli city of Tamil Nadu state, India - 639103.

How to Reach

Srirangam embedded in the city of Tiruchirapalli (Trichy).

  • Distance From: Chennai - 324 km, Bengaluru - 335 km, Coimbatore - 213 km, Madurai - 143 km
  • Nearest Airport: Trichy, Chennai
  • Nearest Bus Station: Srirangam
  • Nearest Railway Station: Srirangam, Tiruchirappalli - 10km
  • Transport: Srirangam / Trichy is linked by NH45, Nh47, NH210 and NH227

Where to Stay

There are so many hotels from budget to luxury available in Tiruchirappalli city

Where to Eat

There are many restaurants available around here providing Indian, mainly South indian cuisines

Festivals / Events

  • Vaikunta Ekadeshi – Margazhi(Dec / Jan) - Celebrated on grand scale with lakhs of devottes attended. During the festival, through song and dance, this place is affirmed to be Bhoologa Vaikunta(heaven on earth).
  • Jyestabisheka - Aani (June / July) - The annual gold ornament cleaning festival.
  • Brahmotsavam – Panguni (March / April) - The preliminaries like ankurapuranam, rakshabandanam, bherira thanam, dhrajarohanam and the sacrificial offerings in the yagasala are gone through as usual.
  • Rathothsavam - Thai (Jan / Feb) - The annual temple chariot festival
  • Vasanthothsavam - Vaikasi (May / June)
  • Chitra Poornima

Worship & Darshan Timings

Ranganathar Shrine:
  • 06.00am to 07.15am
  • 09.00am to 12.00pm
  • 01.15pm to 05.45pm
  • 06.45pm to 08.45pm
Ranganayaki Shrine:
  • 06.30am to 08.00am
  • 08.45am to 01.00pm
  • 03.00pm to 06.00pm
  • 06.45pm to 09.00pm

Things to Take Care

Be careful of rush during festivals. On Vaikunta Ekadashi, Lakhs of pilgrims rush to enter the temple through 'Swarga Vasam', which is open only on that day.

Non-Hindus are allowed till the second Prakaram (enclosure) only.

Visiting Places near Tiruchirapalli

  • Madurai
  • Thanjavoor
  • Kumbakonam