Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangapatna

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is situated in the historical island town of Srirangapatna, Mandya district.  Srirangapatna is 15 Km away from Mysore.

Ranganatha Temple Srirangapatna
Picture1 – Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple

The Sri Ranganathaswamy temple comprises of the Navaranga mantapa surrounding the sanctum sanctorum.  The presiding deity Sri Ranganatha is in a sleeping posture on Adi Shesha, the seven-headed serpent.  An idol of Goddess Lakshmi is installed at the foot of Lord Ranganatha.  The presiding goddess of the temple is Goddess Ranganayaki.  A diamond nose ring gifted by Alumelamma wife of Srirangaraya the viceroy of Vijayanagara empire is still worn by the goddess.

Sri Ranganatha Swamy
Picture2 – Sri Ranganathaswamy

The temple was built during the 9th century by kings of Vijayanagara Empire and then maintained and expanded by Hyder Ali, Ganga dynasty and Hoysala dynasty.  Hyder Ali was a great devout of Lord Ranganatha and made a lot of contributions and donations to the temple.  There are many shrines inside the temple dedicated to other gods and gurus like Panchamukha Hanuman, Sri Krishna, Lord Srinivasa, Alwars and Vaishnava Acharya/Gurus of Vaishanava faith.

Cauvery River
Picture3 – Cauvery River

River Cauvery has formed three big islands on her journey from Talacauvery to join the Bay of Bengal Sea.  The islands are Srirangapatna, Shivanasamudra in Karnataka and Srirangam in Tamil Nadu.  All the three islands are pilgrimage centers with temples dedicated to Lord Ranganatha.  These three temples are known as Adi Ranga/first Ranganatha at Srirangapatna, Madhya Ranga/Middle Ranganatha at Shivanasamudra and Anthya Ranga/Last Ranganatha at Srirangam.  It is believed that people who visit the three temples in one day gain moksha/Salvation.

Every year in the Hindu month of Dhanur i.e., January a grand utsava/festival to the Lord, is held known as Kotarothsava.

The other temples of Srirangapatna are Sri Lakshminarasimha, Sri Gangadhreshwara, Sri Jyothirmaheswara and other small temples.

Srirangapattana has other attractions like Tipu fort, Gumbaz, Jumma Masjid, Dungeons, Daria Daulat/Tipu’s Palace, Nimishambha temple, Gosai Ghat, Sangama, Pashchima Vahini etc.,  You can visit all these places in a single day.

Place Statistics:
Type of Place – Ancient temple, Pilgrimage center
Situated – Srirangapatna, Mandya District
Distance – 125 Km from Bangalore, 15 Km from Mysore
Transport – Well connected by road and rail
Facilities – Rest room, Restaurants, Snack shops, Souvenir Shops