A virtual tour to Srirangam temple
I am often worried about visiting the famous temples in India, the reasons are irresonsible crowd, separate VIP lanes and the dirty floors due to the left over offering. However Srirangam temple was such a beautiful art work, that it was so hard to resist not to visit it. The temple temple occupies an area of 156 acres, which is large enough to get lost in the beauty, history and the mythological stories of the temple.
So the story goes as – the deity of Sri Ranganatha was first worshiped by Lord Brahma. The deity was later given to King Ikshvaku to worship, and he brought the deity to his capital, Ayodhya. Eventually Lord Rama worshiped Sri Ranganatha. When Vibhishana, the brother of Ravana, came to Ayodhya, he requested permission to take Sri Ranganatha to his capital in Lanka to worship. He was allowed to do so on the condition that if he placed the deity on the ground, he would not be able to move the deity from that spot. Vibhishana agreed and proceeded to carry the deity south to Sri Lanka. On his way he placed the deity on the ground at Srirangam and that’s how the beautiful temple of Sri Rangam comes to existent.
Get yourself a guide when you visit Srirangam who can take you on a real tour, here is a virtual one from me-