Srirangam Temple, Sri Ranganatha Swamy:
Srirangam Temple is the foremost of the 108 Divya Desams (Holy abodes of Lord Vishnu). It is one of the 8 holy abodes of Lord Vishnu, where he manifested himself. Lord here can be seen in black coloured and in a reclining position on a giant seven hooded serpent. Goddess Sridevi and Bhudevi will there at his feet. His holy feet will be covered with Gold.
Srirangam Temple Legends:
- Vibhishana brother of Ravana who stood by Rama during the battle, on his return from Ayodhya after attending crowning ceremony of Lord Rama.
- Lord Rama gifted Vibhana an Idol of Vishnu (Ranganatha Swamy) in reclining position, which was worshiped by Ikshvaku dynasty.
- While gifting the Idol, Rama told Vibhishana that this Idol should never be placed on the Earth.
- If it is placed then is impossible to lift the idol again, as it grows to the size which is impossible to remove from that location.
- Vibhishana forgot the condition and laid it on the ground at the bank’s River Cauvery while offering Suryanamaskara and surprised to find the Idol starts growing.
- All his efforts in lifting the Idol went vain and prayed to the Lord.
- Lord consoled him by saying that, “I will be facing Lanka in this reclining posture so that you can worship me from your homeland”.
- That is the reason why Lord here facing towards the South.
- King Dharmavarman an ardent devotee of Sri Ranganatha Swamy, did a strict penance for the permanent stay of the Lord here.
- To fulfil his wish Lord Stayed here, and consoled Vibhishana.
It is said that King Dharmavarman constructed the temple where Lord stayed permanently.
Srirangam Temple History:
It is known from the inscriptions which date to 10th Century A.D, that during the reign of Parantaka I (907 AD – 953 AD) temple received the grants to for daily rituals. This temple received much attention during the periods of Pandya, Nayak, Hoysala, Vijayanagara and Mahrattas. In 11th Century AD, Sri Ramanuja Charya, a vaishnavite saint made Srirangam as his base and promoted Vaishnavism. This temple came under the attack of Malik Kafur in 14th Century AD, during this temple, Sri Ranganatha Swamy, and his jewels were shipped to Tirupati temple.
Srirangam Sri Rangantha Swamy Temple Darshan Timings:
6:00 AM to 7:15 AM Viswaroopa Darshan
9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon Viswaroopa Darshan
1:00 PM to 6:00 PM Viswaroopa Darshan
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Viswaroopa Darshan