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Ranganathaswamy Temple Srirangapatna in Karnataka

Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangapatna in Karnataka is located on an island formed by two branches of Cauvery River. The presiding deity worshipped in the temple is known as Ranganathaswamy – Vishnu in reclining position. The temple is around 13 km north of Mysore.

Legend has it that Sage Gautama worshipped Sri Ranganatha here.

The oldest inscription regarding the temple dates back to 894 AD. It is believed that Tirumalaya, a subordinate king of the Ganga dynasty, built the shrine and named the town Srirangapura.

Additions to the temple were made during the successive centuries by Hoysala kings, Vijayanagara rulers and Wodeyars of Mysore.

Ranganathaswamy Temple is built in Dravidian style and faces east. A seventy foot tall gopura envelopes the gateway.

The main murti worshipped in the temple is that of Sri Ranganathaswamy in a reclining posture on the coils of seven-hooded serpent Ananta. Goddess Lakshmi, who is known as Ranganayaki, sits near his feet.

There are two huge dwarapalaka sculptures guarding the doorway to the assembly hall, which has neatly cut granite pillars typical of Hoysala architecture.

There are numerous subsidiary shrines in the temple which houses murtis of Sri Rama, Krishna, Narasimha, Gopalakrishna, Sudarshana and Lord Vithoba.

The important festivals in the temple are Laksha Deepotsava or Makara Sankranthi Brahmotsava in Pushya month (January), Ratha Saptami Brahmotsava in Magh month, Magh Purnima, Sriranga Jayanti in Vaishakh month, and Uyyalotsava in Ashada month.

Srirangapatna Ranganathaswamy Temple Contact Address :
Executive Officer,
Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple,
Srirangapatna - 571 438
Mandya District
E-Mail : eosriranganathaswamytemple @ gmail.com