Ranganathaswamy Temple Tiruchirapalli Tamil Nadu India

The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple or Thiruvarangam is a Hindu temple dedicated to Ranganatha, a reclining form of the Hindu deity Vishnu, located in Srirangam, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, India . Constructed in the Tamil style of architecture, this temple is glorified in the Thiviya Pirabandham, the early medieval Tamil literature canon of the Alvar saints from the 6th to 9th centuries AD and is counted among the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Vishnu. The temple follows Thenkalai tradition of worship. It is one of the most illustrious Vaishnava temples in South India rich in legend and history.shrine over the sanctum sanctorum the Ranga vimana is shaped like omkara and is plated with gold. Sri Ranganthar reclines on Adisesha, the coiled serpent. Adisesha has five hoods and is coiled into three and a half rounds. The lord's head rests on a small cylindrical pillow and his right palm which faces upwards rests next to his head. Sridevi or Bhudevi are not present at the feet of the lord. Brahma is not present in the navel. Ranganayaki shrine is in the second precinct of the temple. The common reference to the goddess is padi thaanda pathni, meaning lady who doesn't cross the boundaries of ethics. Literally, the festival deity of Ranganayaki also does not come out of the shrine and it is Ranganthar who visits Ranganayaki. There are three images of Ranganayaki within the sanctum.