Biligiri Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple or Sri Biligiriranganathaswamy Temple has situated on a hilltop, the highest peak of the BR Hills, Yelandur Taluk, of Chamarajanagara, Karnataka State. Sri Ranganatha Swamy is the main deity and the idol is 5 feet in height in a standing posture, dressed as a hunter with a dagger in the belt. Sri Ranganayaki Ammanavara Sannidhi has a separate shrine on the right side of the shrine of Shri Biligiriranganathaswamy. The temple was built and renovated by one Vishnuvardhana and is in the Dravidian style of architecture.
Every year Chikkajathre or Rathotsava is celebrated in January month, the following day of the Sankranthi festival.
Bramha Rathotsava also Called Brahma Rathoshtava is celebrated for 9 days in April last week or May first week. All the poojas are performed in VAIKHANASAGAMA traditions.
Note: Biligiriranganabetta is a forest area, hence Vehicles are prohibited to travel between 6.00 pm to 6.00 am.
Sri Biligiri Ranganathaswamy Temple Timings:
Morning: 7:00 AM to 2:00 Noon
Evening: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Biligiri Temple Info:
The Temple door opens at 7:00 AM
Suprabatham Pooje – Morning 7:00 to 7:30
Nithyakattale Pooje – Morning 7.30 to 8.30
Sarva Darshana – Morning 8.30 to 9.45
Temple remains closed from morning 9.45 to 10.30
Sarva Darshana – Morning 10.30 to 11.30
Archane Seve, Garudotsava Seve, Sahasranaama Seve – Morning 11.30 to 12.15 PM
Sarva Darshana – From 12:15 to 2.00 PM
Temple remains closed from 2.00 to 4.00 PM
Sarva Darshana – From 4.00 to 6.00 PM
Temple remains closed from 6.00 to 6.30 PM
Nithyakattale Pooje – From 6.30 to 7.30 PM
Maha Mangalarathi – 7:45 PM
Kavaata Bandhana – 8.00 PM
Sri Biligiriranganathaswamy Temple History:
According to legend, sage Vasishta did penance here in these hills for Lord Venkateswara. The Lord appeared to him and blessed him. To mark this moment, sage Vasishta installed Lord Ranganatha Swamy Idol and worshiped the deity. It is said that Lord Rama and Lakshmana in search of Sita Devi came to this place and offered prayers to the deity.
According to local folklore, Sri Ranganatha Swamy loved and married a girl named Kusumabale from the solinga dame
community. Therefore, the community of Solinga treats Ranganatha Swamy like their dame (brother-in-law).
The oldest reference to this holy place is available in the Bhrahmanda Purana in its “Teertha Prashamsara Khanda”. The place is also called “Champakaranya” (the flower forest of Champaka) among the pursnas and also “Gajaranya” (the elephant forest) during the reign of the Ganges dynasty. This is how ‘Shwethadreesha’ became worshiped as ‘Shwethadreesa’.
Biligiri Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple Sevas:
|Sl. No||Seva Particulars|
|6||Gajalakshmi Ammanavara Uthsava|
|7||Aane Vahana (Elephant)|
|11||Simha Vahana (Lion)|
|12||Hamsa Vahana (Swan)|
|13||Kudure Vahana (Horse)|
|14||Shesha Vahana (Snake)|
|16||Kanaka Pallakki Uthsava|
|17||Hanumantha Vahana (Monkey)|
|19||Samoohika Kalyanothsava (Only during Car festivals)|
|Abhisheka in both the Shrines-Swamyyavarige & Ammanavarige (Only on Friday)|
|Abhisheka to only Sri RanganathaSwamy (Only on Saturday)|
|23||Hosa Mantapothsava Samprokshane (Devotees shall bring the required materials)|
|26||Odave & Vashthra Samarpane (Jewelry & Cloth)|
|27||Akanda Nandadeepa (Devotees should bring 16 liter Oil per month)|
|28||Silver Parinaya Peetothsava|
How to Reach Biligiri Temple:
Mysuru airport is the nearest airport (90 km), Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru is 180 km.
Chamarajanagar Railway Station is 45 km, Nanjanagudu Railway Station is 60 km and Mysore Railway Station is 85 Km from the temple.
Direct Buses are available from Bangalore, Mysore and Chamarajanagar and have bus facilities every hour from Yelandur.
Temples near Biligiri Ranganatha Temple :
Shri Biligiriranganathaswamy Temple.
Shri Raghavendraswamy’s Mruthika Brundavana.
Shri Gangadhareshwaraswamy Temple.
Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra.
Swamy Nirmalananda’s Ashrama.
Dodda Sampige [Big Champak Tree] (Due to forest area everybody should have to the permit concern officer to the entrance)
Shri Bhoolakshmi Varahaswamy Temple, Shri Gowreshwaraswamy Temple (Balemantap), Yelandur.
Shri Anjaneyaswamy Temple, Vadagere Village, Yelandur Taluk.
K.Gudi forest area from Biligiriranganabetta distance 16 km.
Himavad Gopalaswamybetta, Bandipur and Ooty.
Biligiri Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple Address:
Sri Biligiriranganathaswamy Temple,
Karnataka – 571441.
Office Phone No: 08226-244009