About Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Nestled in the culturally rich city of Mandya, the Ranganthaswamy temple is dedicated to Lord Ranganatha who is a manifestation of Lord Vishnu. Inside the Srirangapatna Fort, the temple is situated on the banks of Kaveri River. Inside the temple, the Lord's idol can be seen in resting posture on a bed of serpent known as Aadi Sesha. It is said that the Aadi Sesha has seven heads. According to the people, the idol of the deity of this temple is one of the biggest idols of Lord Vishnu in reclining posture. Also, the main goddess of this sacred place is Ranganayaki. The carvings and the structure of the temple are really captivating.
Depicting an example of Hoysala architectural style, the entrance of the temple has beautifully crafted pillars with 24 forms of Lord Vishnu. Moreover, the temple’s Prakaram can be seen painted with a number of arranged mythological stories. Vijayanagar style of architecture can also be witnessed by looking at the Gopuram of the temple. The magnificent walls of this sacred place look similar to those around forts. Moreover, surrounding the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, there is a Navaranga Mandapam.
Outstanding Universal Value
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple was constructed by Ganga cheitain Tirumalaraya in 9th Century AD. However, its huge tower and pillared hall were built in multiple stages. Also, it received huge assistance from Vijayanagara kings, Hoysala, Mysore Wodeyars and Hyder Ali. In 1454 A.D, the temple was enlarged by the then Viceroy of the Vijayanagara dynasty, Thimmana. This place of religious relevance helps devotees to attain spiritual salvation. It is believed that taking a bath in the Cauvery River removes the evils of a person and helps them attain Moksha.