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“Impressive Temple!”

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
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Cultural Day Tour of Tiruchirappalli
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Dedicated to Vishnu, the temple of Srirangam's vast complex has seven enclosures formed by huge rampart walls and 21 elaborate towers.
Reviewed October 26, 2012

The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple near Trichy is India's largest temple complex, enclosed by 7 concentric walls with 21 gopurams (gateway towers). The sheer size of it is impressive and it has a sort of village feel to it, with many shops and even a railway ticket office found inside the walls!
Located on the island of Srirangam on the banks of the Cauvery River about 7km from Trichy, this 13th century temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is the most revered of all the Vishnu pilgrimage sites.
The gopurams are decorated with brightly coloured carvings. The gopuram found at the main entrance measures 73m and is the largest in India, it is an awesome sight! Many dynasties took part in the construction of this temple, including the Cheras, Pandyas, Cholas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagars and Nayaks. As such it is a very interesting place to see all the different artistic styles belonging to each dynasty.
It is highly recommended to hire a guide here, as he will be able to tell you all about the fascinating history and show you what was built when. The 1000 pillar hall is particularly impressive. Make sure to hire an official guide from the kiosk inside the 4th wall. Our guide was great and also took us to the banks of the Cauvery River where we saw many Brahmins performing rituals and people bathing in the holy waters of the river. Be prepared to haggle hard for the guide fee, as they tend to ask too much (this is the case in many Hindu temples), 100-150 rupees for an hour is reasonable.
With a special ticket you will be able to climb up the wall for a fantastic panoramic view of the entire complex. This is the only way you will catch a glimpse of the marvellous gold-topped inner sanctum, as non-Hindus are not allowed in.
I found this temple utterly fascinating and totally beautiful, a truly unique experience.

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Reviewed October 20, 2012

A pilgrimage for all Hindus. A must visit temple. The surrounding residential area is a must see for the sheer size and layout

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Reviewed October 18, 2012

The sheer expanse of the temple is mind boggling. I almost got lost on my way out. And the main gopuram - you just cannot get your eyes off it. It is so beautiful.
Inside the temple, the open space for devotees is getting considerably reduced - thanks to more sannidhis and more constructions. Frequent closure of darshan, which seems to be a feature of almost all major temples in TN and Kerala, makes the devotees wait for a long time. The darashan timings, cost etc. could be displayed more prominently.
Vehicles pass through the main gopuram until the entrance of the temple. This takes the charm of walking on the leading streets. Shops have eaten up most of the space, some of which are inside the temple.
If you want to take in the beauty and vastness of the entire temple, ensure that you have at least 5 to 6 hours. It would be worth the time and effort.

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Reviewed October 16, 2012

It is an ancient temple and it says many more interesting stories. which is the one happening in the early morning pooja its call vishvaruba darshan its help full for our family and our childrens

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Reviewed October 11, 2012

Great temple, beautiful architecture, gorgeous elephant. Beware lots of touts outside. Just go in and queue into the 250rupee queue. The darshan is very fast

1  Thank Venot V
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