The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, located in Srinrangam, Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India, has a very long name and history.
The temple is the largest Hindu temple still in use today. An example of the sheer architectural scale of the temple can be seen at the main entrance. Also known as the Ranjagopuram, it is 72 m (327 feet) tall and has twelve tiers. The rest of the site is equally amazing, covering 156 acres.
This temple is dedicated to the reclining form of Vishnu, Ranganatha. The goddess Ranganayaki, shown at Lord Ranganatha’s foot, is also a principle deity. There are large idols of these two deities inside the temple.
It is said that the original idol of Ranganatha was covered by the forest after falling into disuse. A Chola king, chasing a parrot, found this idol and decided to begin building the temple around it. The Chola, Pandya, Hoysala, and Vijayanagar dynasties all contributed to the unique designs and inscriptions of the temple.
To learn more about the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, visit its website.