Temple architectures have always interested me. But the size, height & grandeur of this one is truly breath taking! I had recently been to the Srirangam Temple – Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, Trichy and glad to post some photos taken from outside that temple.
This is one of the tallest temple Gopurams in Tamil Nadu. This one leads to the entrance, so this is constructed on the outermost area of the temple. When one crosses this Gopuram, there is still only road and shops! I remember a few years ago, when I was going from Trichy to Chennai, the bus stopped at some distance from this Gopuram and I accidentally turned around to see this…. I was impressed by its size! And from that time, I wanted to visit this temple, which has happened now.
So, the whole Gopuram is standing over this! That should have taken a lot of efforts to construct, alright 🙂 After this Gopuram, there are a number of smaller Gopuram’s that lead us to the main temple. Actually, I was amazed to find such smaller Gopuram’s at all the four lanes which go to the temple.
Not sure how many more such Gopuram’s are there around this temple. It seems this temple was constructed partly by a lot of kings and empires. Starting from the Chola Kings, who first started the construction, the Vijayanagara Kings supported by Madurai Nayakkars, and many more dynasties aided in the construction of this temple. It seems one Gopuram was constructed as recently as 1987.
The above photo is of the main entrance that goes in to the temple compound. I didn’t go inside due to lack of time, and also because cameras are not allowed beyond this place! How I would have loved to click the 1000 Pillar Hall and other monuments inside! But I did go around the temple.
So, as you can see from the above photo, this temple is very very long! It took about 20 minutes of walking for me to cover one side of the four sides! Wonder what all they have kept inside such a huge premises, maybe some other day I will go 🙂
This is the Gopuram that can be found on the back side of this temple. This is the first time I am seeing a Gopuram painted white 🙂 Luckily, most part of this temple has survived numerous invaders and wars. It seems most of the rulers or invaders did not think of destructing this temple. In fact, many of them aided in the further construction through donations. There was a serious threat from the Delhi Sultan in the 14th Century, but even then only the idol was stolen. Even that was given back after various artistes from here went there, performed their arts to the satisfaction of the king and requested for the idol.
But slightly later on, there was another attack and this time, the people were cautious enough to take the main deity to Tirupathi (Tirumala) where it was safely kept for another six decades. And when it was safe enough, it was brought back.