Srirangapatna, the name of this town is derived from the famous Ranganathaswamy Temple. Srirangapatna is located just few kilometers away from Mysore. Many pilgrims visit the city, as Ranganathaswamy Temple is a pilgrimage center for the Vaishanas.
Ranganathaswamy Temple is a dedication to Lord Ranganatha, who is a form of Lord Vishnu. It is one of the largest temples of the Karnataka state. Vijayanagar rulers built the structure in the 9th century. The huge temple with a grand gopuram (pyramidal temple tower) and fort like walls is a fusion of Hoysala and Vijayanagara architectural styles.
Ranganatha is portrayed reclining on the bed, laid out by the great serpent Aadi Sesha. This image of Lord Vishnu forms the main attraction of the temple. The pillars of the temple are carved with 24 forms of Lord Vishnu. The Ranganathaswamy Temple also enshrines the images of river Cauvery and sage Gautama. The inner walls of the temple are embellished with the images of Panchmukha Anjaneya (five-faced Hanuman) and Lord Srinivasa.
The Ranganathaswamy Temple is decorated with more than one lakh lamps on Makara Sankranti festival. It is a part of Lakshadeepotsava, which is normally held on this festive day. A large number of devotees are attracted to the temple on this day. The devotees take a holy dip in the river Cauvery, which flows near the temple, and then light the lamps in the temple.
There are Col. Bailey's dungeons near the temple. These dungeons were used as prisons for the English prisoners, who were captured in the second Anglo-Mysore war by Tipu Sultan. It is also a worth visiting sight for having a date with history.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/12