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Trichy, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, pilgrim

Trichy, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, pilgrim

 

Tiruchirappalli (formerly Trichinopoly in English), also called Tiruchi or Trichy, is a city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

 

Tiruchirappalli's recorded history begins in the 3rd century BC, when it was under the rule of the Cholas. The city has also been ruled by the Pandyas, Pallavas, Vijayanagar Empire, Nayak Dynasty, the Carnatic state and the British. The most prominent historical monuments in Tiruchirappalli include the Rockfort, the Ranganathaswamy temple at Srirangam and the Jambukeswarar temple at Thiruvanaikaval.

 

The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple or Thiruvarangam is a Hindu temple dedicated to Ranganatha, a reclining form of Vishnu. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, this temple is glorified in the Thiviya Pirabandham, the early medieval Tamil literature canon of the Alvar saints from the 6th to 9th centuries AD and is counted among the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Vishnu.

 

It is one of the most illustrious Vaishnava temples in South India, rich in legend and history. Its location, on an island in the Cauvery (Kaveri) river, has rendered it vulnerable to natural disasters as well as the rampaging of invading armies, which repeatedly commandeered the site for military encampment. The main entrance, known as the Rajagopuram (the royal temple tower), rises from the base area and goes up to 72 m, moving up in eleven progressively smaller tiers. Srirangam temple is often listed as the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world, the still larger Angkor Wat being the largest existing temple. The temple occupies an area of 63.1 ha with a perimeter of 4,116m, making it the largest temple in India and one of the largest religious complexes in the world.

 

(source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiruchirappalli and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Ranganathaswamy_Temple,_Srirangam)

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