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10 Less known facts about srirangam – World’s largest functioning Temple

Srirangam is one of the world’s largest functioning temples it’s known for interesting various facts Explore 10 Less known facts about Srirangam

Srirangam is the foremost of the eight self-manifested shrines (Swayam Vyakta Kshetras) of Lord Vishnu. It is also considered the first, foremost, and the most important of the 108 main Vishnu temples (Divyadesams). This temple is also known as Thiruvaranga Tirupati, Periyakoil, Bhoologa Vaikundam, Bhogamandabam. In the Vaishnava parlance, the term “KOIL” signifies this temple only. The temple is enormous in size. The temple complex is 156 acres in extent. It has seven prakaras or enclosures. These enclosures are formed by thick and huge rampart walls which run round the sanctum. There are 21 magnificent towers in all prakaras providing a unique sight to any visitor. this temple lies on an islet formed by the twin rivers Cauvery and Coleroon. Here you can check 10 Less known facts about srirangam.

10 Less known facts about Srirangam

  1. The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple or Thiruvarangam is a Hindu sanctuary committed to Ranganatha, a leaning-back structure Shri Vishnu.
  2. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, and It is one of the most illustrious Vaishnava temples in South India rich in legend and history.
  3. Its location, on an island in the Cauvery river, has rendered it vulnerable to natural disasters as well as the rampaging of invading armies – Muslim and European – which repeatedly commandeered the site for military encampment
  4. The main entrance, known as the Rajagopuram (the royal temple tower), rises from the base area of around 5720 and goes up to 237 feet (72 m), moving up in eleven progressively smaller tiers.
  5. The annual 21 day festival conducted during the Tamil month of Margazhi (December–January) attracts 1 million visitors.
  6. Srirangam temple is often listed as the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world.
  7. The temple occupies an area of 156 acres (631,000 m²) with a perimeter of 4,116m (10,710 feet) making it the largest temple in India and one of the largest religious complexes in the world.
  8. The temple is enclosed by 7 concentric walls (termed prakarams (outer courtyard) or mathil suvar) with a total length of 32,592 feet or over six miles.
  9. This temple has 21 gopurams (towers), 39 pavilions, fifty shrines, Ayiram Kaal mandapam (a hall of 1000 pillars), and several small water bodies inside. The space within the outer two prakarams (outer courtyard) is occupied by several shops, restaurants, and flower stalls.
  10. The Hall of 1000 pillars (actually 953) is a fine example of a planned theatre-like structure and opposite to it, “Sesha Mandap”, with its intricacy in sculpture, is a delight. The 1000-pillared hall made of granite was constructed in the Vijayanagara period (1336–1565) on the site of the old temple.

Srirangam Temple Darshan Timings

Viswaroopa seva

06:00 to 07:15

General Darshan Timings

09:00 to 12:00

13:15 to 18:00

18:45 to 21:00

* Timings might change on festival days

About Tiruchirapalli

Tiruchirapalli is home to Nagaraj Cholan and many historic temples, monuments, churches, and mosques. Uraiyur(also pronounced as Oraiyur) which is the Old Tiruchy has a long tradition. With over 2,500 years of known history, it was the capital of the early Cholas. The oldest man-made dam Kallanai was built by Karikala Cholan across the river Kaveri about 10 miles from Uraiyur. It was an important town in the days of the later Cholas, Nayaks as well as during the early days of the British East India Company. The Madurai Nayak rulers changed their capital from Madurai to Tiruchirapalli and back several times. The conquest of Tiruchirapalli by the British East India Company marked a major step in the British conquest of India.

Pooja Schedule

Sri Ranganathar Sannathi

Viswaroopa seva 06:00 to 07:15
Pooja time – ( No Darshan) 07:15 to 09:00
General Darshan Timings 09:00 to 12:00
Pooja time – ( No Darshan) 12:00 to 13:15
Darshan Timings 13:15 to 18.00
Pooja time – ( No Darshan) 18.00 to 18:45
Darshan Timings 18:45 to 21.00
No Darshan after 21.00 at Sanctum Sanctorum
Quick Seva – Rs.250/- per head.
Viswaroopa Seva – Rs.100/- per head.
General Entrance – in All Seva timings


Extra information must be read before you go inside the temple:

Do’s and Dont’s

Given below is a list of Do’s and Dont’s for the attention of pilgrims.

  • Worship your Ishta or Kula Deivam before you start for Srirangam.
  • Bath in the River Cauvery before you goes to worship Lord Ranganathaswamy.
  • Bath and wear clean clothes before you enter the shrine.
  • Concentrate on Lord Ranganathaswamy inside the temple.
  • Observe absolute silence and chant “Om Namo Narayanaya” inside the temple.
  • Respect ancient customs and usages while at Temple and promote religious sentiments among co-pilgrims.
  • Deposit your offerings in the Hundi only.
  • Keep the temple premises clean.
  • Please leave your Electronic gadgets like Cell phones, Calculators, Cameras, and footwear, etc. before entering the temple.

Dont’s

  • Don’t carry jewelry or cash.
  • Don’t eat non-vegetarian food.
  • Don’t consume liquor or other intoxicants.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Don’t approach touts for accommodation and darshan.
  • Don’t wear footwear in and around the premises of the temple.
  • Don’t buy spurious prasadams from street vendors.
  • Don’t come to Temple for any purpose other than worshipping the Lord.
  • Don’t rush in for Darshan but take your turn in the queue.
  • Don’t enter the temple, if, according to custom or usage, you are prohibited to enter.
  • Don’t encourage beggary.
  • Don’t waste water and electricity.
  • Don’t allow strangers into the rooms.
  • Don’t hand over keys to others.
  • Don’t spit, urinate or defecate in the open.
  • Don’t carry a Cell phone, camera, or any electric or electronic gadget.
  • Don’t carry weapons.

Travel Info

  • Tiruchirappalli is well connected with Road, Rail and Air Routes
  • Srirangam Temple has located 9 Km. from Tiruchirappalli Rail Junction
  • Srirangam Temple has located 15 Km. from Tiruchirappalli AirPort
  • Srirangam Temple has located 0.5 Km. from Srirangam Railway Station.
  • “Rent a Car” facility is available from Trichy Railway Station / Bus Stand / AirPort.
  • 24 / 7 Bus Services (Route No. 1) is available from Tiruchirappalli Railways Station / Central Bus Stop / Chatiram Bus Stop.

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