Ranganadhar temple , Srirangam, Trichy.  

Posted by Shamala Krishnan

  1. Sri Rangam:

    This is one of 108 Divya Desam. the place is about 5 kms from Trichy.

    Main Deity is Ranganadha perumal in lying posture, and Thayar Sri Ranga Nachiar. Utsavar here is known as Nam perumal. Teertham is Chandra pushkarani, cauvery, and Kollidam. Vruksham is Punnai.

    Importance: This is 1st Div ya Desam. The place is considered as Boolokha kailasam. The kshetram is known as Swayam vyaktha kshetram. 14 Azwar and Andal nachiar have sung About Ranganadhar of this place. The temple dates back to 10th century.

    The temple has 21 gopurams and 48 sanctums. Purana says Brahma gave a Rangandhar idol to Veebishana which he was taking to Srilanka along with him. The condition was that he should not keep it down if so he will not be able to take it. Veebishana gave the idol in the hands of small boy Ganesha, and asked him to hold it till he is back. Ganesha kept the idol down. When Veebishana came he saw the idol kept down and he tried to remove it but he could not do it.

    He tried to catch Ganesha who ran to the top of the hill. Veebishana was sad and Ranganadhar said he will be lying facing Lanka and bless him. Later days when king Killivalavan came here to hunt hidden parrot revealed the place. Ranganadhar idol is 15’ long. The roof of sanctum is covered with gold plating. Ramanujar stayed here and helped in spreading Vainava madam.

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