Eternal Reclining Lord
Part of the Pancharanga (litreally 5 Rangas) places, this is the first point of the pilgrimage to devout Vaishanavites. Hence the Lord is also known as Adi Ranga.About the temple
The temple is a delight to look. As you approach from the road, its imposing Gopuram welcomes you afar with a sense of Grandeur. As you go closer, the grandeur becomes more magnificient.
Said to have been constructed by local Ganga chieftan, Later, The Hoysala kings, Vijayanagar Emperors and Hyder Ali made additional expansions to the temple. The Hoysala kings, Mysore Wodeyar kings and the kings of Vijayanagara have contributed a lot towards the expansion of the temple structure., Tipu Sultan is also said to be a devotee of the Lord despite being a Muslim.He is said to have built secret tunnels from his palace to the temple. Archeological Survey Of India recently discovered four of them.
The LordHere, Lord Vishnu gives darshan in his Ranganatha form. Shown sleeping upon the Adisesha(eternal serpent) with Cauvery at his feet rather than his usual consort Lakshmi and Bhoo devi.
Situated on the island formed by Kaveri river, this temple lies 15 kms north of Mysore city. Ranganathaswamy idol of this temple is the largest Ranganathaswamy idol in the entire state of Karnataka. The main entrance of the temple has four pillars sculpted with 24 forms of Lord Vishnu. It was constructed during Vijayanagara period. Apart from this, most of the pillars of this temple are in the unique Hoysala style. You know, the pillars of Hoysala kings are always unique and stylish. In front of the main shrine you can find the ancient monolithic Garuda stambha of Vijayanagara period. The temple tower (Rajagopura) which is visible from almost any part of the town has stunning figure and it is architecturally very beautiful.
The temple is big in size with big prakara (corridor surrounding the temple) and big complex wall surrounding the temple complex.The pillared hall inside the temple. Interesting fact is that there are two mandapas. The front one is plain one while the interior looks quite ornate.
Reaching the Place
|Cauvery in Spate during Monsoon|