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Sri Ranganathar temple Srirangam

Srirangam is also known as Bhoologa Vaikundam . Here the Lord Vishnu is known as Sriranganathar . This is the first and foremost of all the divyadeshams comes under Cholanadu divyadeshams . From Trichy it is 8 kms .

It is the largest temple in Asia and occupies about 156 acres and has the highest gopuram too .

Srirangam is surrounded by river Cauvery and kollidam is a sacred place for all Vaisnavites . The Lord here is Sriranganathar in a sleeping posture ( Ananda sayanam ) .

The temple has 7 praharas ,4 praharas within the temple complex and 3 outside occupied by shops and houses . This massive complex have 21 gopurams and 53 upasannidhis .

Sriranganathar is in ananda sayanam on a five headed Adiseshan , stretching his leg in the east direction and watching demon King Yaman . The Lords right hand is kept under his head as a pillow and his left hands on his lap pointing his feet , which denotes all souls gets terminated in his feet finally .

Sthalapuranam as per legends say Lord Brahma was born in a lotus from the navel of Lord Vishnu . Due to Brahmas deep penance Lord Vishnu appeared before him in Pranavakrithi Vimanam in a reclining position (swamvaktha sthethram) . To do the daily pooja rituals to the Lord Sriranganathar Brahma appointed Suriyan . Later Suriyakulam King Itchvaghu brought Lord Sriranganathar along with the pranavakrithi Vimana to Ayodhya . King Itchvaghu being the ancestor of Lord Rama . Lord Rama after his return from Lanka killing King Ravana gifted this idol of Lord Sriranganathar along with the Pranavakrithi Vimana to Vibhishanan . Vibhishanan carried this Vimana to Lanka on the way he took rest in the banks of river Cauvery . After taking rest when he lifted the Vimana he couldn’t lift , feeling sad he tried for many days . One day Lord Sriranganathar comes in his dreams and says he likes to stay in Srirangam permanently and will show his grace upon Vibhishanan facing at Lanka . That’s how the Lord Sriranganathar came to Srirangam .

There are 7 nachiyars in Srirangam
1 . Sridevi
2 . Bhumidevi
3 . Thuluka nachiyar
4 . Chera kula valli nachiyar
5 . Kamalavalli nachiyar
6 . Kothai
7 . Ranganayaki

11 alwars has sung the glory of Lord Sriranganathar.

Kamba Ramayanam was first recited by kambar in Srirangam temple complex .

Goddess Andal got merged to the Lord here .

Lord Ramanujar attains Mukthi in this place. Lord Ramanujar has a seperate sannidhi and is believed his physical body is preserved in sitting posture in the temple complex as the Lord Sriranganathar himself has ordered this . All Vaishnavaites believes he is still alive and is looking after this temple nirman ( rituals ) .

Srirangam rajagopuram
Paramapatha vaasal
On the way to vasantha mandapam
Outside Thayar sannidhi
Before Sri Ramanujar sannidhi

Published by Ranjini Madhavan

Iam a homemaker who like to travel to spiritual places and like to share my spiritual tours , pictures and my personal tour experiences .Though am not expressive to put it in words thought it would be easy for others who likes to travel these places so that they may know what all places to be covered and a sweet memories for myself.

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