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Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple - Tamilnadu

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple

The island between the rivers Cauvery and Kollidam (Coleroon), a place of worship for the Srivaishnavites is Srirangam. It is recalled in the history as the Utopia for Hindus. Srirangam tops the list of the 108 holy places called Divyadesams mentioned in the holy canon of SriVaishnavites, Naalayira Divya Prabhandham. The Sriranganatha Swamy temple in Srirangam attracts visitors across the world throughout the year. This is the biggest functioning Hindu Shrine having a circumference of 4 kms, seven prakaras and 21 towers. Out of the 21 towers, the main tower at the south gate of the temple called the Rajagopuram is 236 feet tall, bringing it the fame of being the second tallest in Asia. From the top of this tower, we can have a view of SriLanka. Srirangam has a thriving economy from tourism and the temple is one of those overcrowded round the year. The island is connected to the Trichy City by a bridge built on the Cauvery river. Ramanujar, fondly called as Udaiyavar stayed in this temple for many years and restructured the functional strategies of the temple which is followed even today. Out of the several functions celebrated throughout the year, Vaikunda Ekadasi(Paradise Tour), Vasanthothsavam, Brammothsavam,Serthi Sevai, Araiyar Sevai  are of very high significance. It is said that, Poet Kambar staged his epic “Kamabaramyanam” in this temple and Lord Narasimha approved his work.