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Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam, Trichy, the Biggest Temple Complex in India

Travel, especially the pilgrimage are the great pleasure for Sunil Kunnoth. He loves to wander with his spiritual sojourns.

The white Gopuram in Srirangam temple

The white Gopuram in Srirangam temple

Why one must visit Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam in Trichy? You must for the following ten reasons:

  • Being the biggest temple complex in India.
  • It is the largest Vaishnavite temple
  • After the Angkor Wat in Cambodia, it is the largest Hindu temple in the world.
  • The main Raja Gopuram is 12-tiered and 236 ft high and this unique feature makes it the tallest temple tower in Asia
  • A holy Sri Vaishnava pilgrim centre-the longest and the first among 108 Diva Desams (sacred kshetras) of Lord Vishnu.
  • The temple is a magnificent mix of Chola, Hoysala and Nayak architecture.
  • It is known as the 'Gateway to Vaikuntam'.
  • Built in the 13th century, the temple has 21 gopurams (towers), 39 mandapas and 50 shrines.
  • It's huge proportions are amazing. The gopurams are surrounded by seven concentric walls within which the town is situated.
  • The deity-Ranganatha Swamy- is 21 feet long and the seven praharams’ length is roughly six miles!


Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam. View from Rock Fort Templel, Trichy.

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam. View from Rock Fort Templel, Trichy.

Aerial view of Srirangam Temple and Kaveri River

Aerial view of Srirangam Temple and Kaveri River

An elephant among the pillars of the Srirangam temple corridor in Srirangam, Trichy.

An elephant among the pillars of the Srirangam temple corridor in Srirangam, Trichy.

The ritual going on.  Photo taken on the occasion of Vaikunda Ekadasi

The ritual going on. Photo taken on the occasion of Vaikunda Ekadasi

The well decorated corridor of the temple during Vaikunda Ekadasi.

The well decorated corridor of the temple during Vaikunda Ekadasi.

The Temple Deity


Ranganathaswamy is the temple deity. Inside the temple, you can see the huge idol of Ranganatha reclining on the lap of Adishesha, the celestial serpent, whose five heads are spread to protect his sleeping lord.

Some Quick Facts


Timings: 5.30 to 1 pm; 2 pm to 9 pm.

The sanctum is closed between 8 - 9 am and 6 – 7 pm for rituals.

Prasadams: Chakkarai Pongal, Venpongal and Curd rice.


Special Offering: Tulsi garlands and Coconuts


Special Occasion: Vaikunta Ekadasi (Dec.). During the temple festival-Vaikunta Ekadasi, devotees follow the idol of Ranganathan Swamy through ‘Sorga Vaasal’, the doorway in the Second Praharam, which is believed to be a symbol of the entrance to heaven.

Video of the Srirangam Temple

Getting There

Srirangam is 4km north of Chathram Bus Stand, Trichy.

Nearest Railway Station: Trichy (Tiruchirapalli)

Nearest Airport: Thiruchirapally Airport.

Tamil Nadu is the land of the temples and Srirangam is one of the holiest and crowd puller pilgrimage centers in South India. Trichy is the base town to visit Srirangam. Apart from Srirangam, Trichy is richly blessed with the august presence of several other temples. Some famous Churches and Mosques also are situated in and around the city. In fact, Trichy is a temple town and the religious hub of Tamil Nadu. You can read more about that on my articles:

Trichy, The All Religious Hub of Tamil Nadu, South India and

Trichy, A Vibrant City of Tamil Nadu in South India.


Happy Journey!

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2015 Sunil Kumar Kunnoth

Comments

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on October 02, 2015:

@Vasantha, your visit and comments appreciated. Srirangam is something special. Hope you have visited other temples in and around Trichy. I have done a couple of hubs on the Tamil Nadu temples.

vasantha T k on September 27, 2015:

Beautiful , Srirangam temple is wonderful. I have visited twice, wish to see the temple again and again. Thanks for sharing.

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on May 29, 2015:

Hi Chitraji, I am happy that you read and commented on my hub of Sri Rangam temple. You must visit the temple as it has some rich features as detailed in the article. You reach Trichy and do visit the shrine. Trichy is the base town to cover a lot of temples like Tanjavur, Kumbakonam, Rock Fort, Samayapuram and few more. You can also visit Velankanni and Nagore, the religious places of Christians and Muslims within 3 hours travel time. I have covered all these points in my various hubs and hope you will find them. Thank you for your visit and comments.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 29, 2015:

Wonderful description of Sri Ranganathaswamy temple!

I would really like to visit this beautiful temple with brilliant architecture. South India is blessed with such beautiful temples.

Another great hub full of useful information by you. Thanks and voted up!

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on March 30, 2015:

@MsDora, It is so joyful to note that you people from outside Asia region finds interest in temples and its architecture. I have done a couple of such hubs describing the unique features of various temples in South India. Thank you for the comments.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 30, 2015:

Sunil, I like articles like these which show and tell of fascinating places and architecture I would not otherwise see. This temple is impressive! Thanks.

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on March 30, 2015:

@Radhikasree,

Your visit and comments are appreciated. I am happy to know that you have visited this great temple once. Thank you very much for your vote and sharing.

Radhika Sreekanth from Mumbai,India on March 29, 2015:

I've visited Srirangam during my 20s and it was very beautiful. It is one of our precious cultural heritage.

Voted up, beautiful, awesome and interesting. Sharing too.

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on March 29, 2015:

@Venkatachari Sir,

Happy to read your comments. It is a pleasure to know that you got some vital information from this article. This temple has some connection with Tirupati also. I didn't mention it in the article. Thanks for your visit, comments, vote and sharing.

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on March 29, 2015:

@travmaj, Thank you for the visit and comments. I am glad that you loved my hub. Thanks also for the vote and sharing.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on March 28, 2015:

Very interesting and beautiful article. It is our sacred temple. But I knew only some of the facts. Now I got much more information from this hub. It is this temple where Goda Devi married Ranganatha Swamy and stayed with him as an idol beside him.

Voted up, beautiful and sharing too.

travmaj from australia on March 28, 2015:

Another beautiful temple,. I'm thinking how I'd love to visit but It's probably unlikely.Therefor I'm so glad you posted it in this hub, I enjoyed reading about the temple and seeing the photo/video. Thank you.

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on March 28, 2015:

@always exploring, as your title suggests you are always exploring! It is your that exploring mind find pleasure in listening Indian music and enjoying Indian temples and architectures. Keep on exploring and enjoy yourself. Thanks for your nice comments.

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on March 28, 2015:

True, you are correct India has such fascinating architecture and spread across the nation. Hope you can enjoy it once. Thanks for visiting my page and leaving comments.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 28, 2015:

It sounds like India has some fascinating architecture. I'd love to see it in real life. I enjoyed learning about it by reading your interesting hub.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 28, 2015:

The temple is amazing, so many tiny statues. Interesting music on video....

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