Srirangam is a Railway station on the Trichy Madras chord line, the distance from Madras
Egmore being 207 miles, and from Tiruchirapalli Junction three. It is
a small town on the outskirts of Tiruchira- palli Town. This small locality all the year
round attracts thousands of devoted Hindu pilgrims, particularly Vaishnavites. The
congregation of pilgrims becomes unprecedented during the main festival of Vaikunta
Ekadashi, which falls in the Tamil month of Margazhi, corresponding to
December-January. The festival continues for a period of 20 days.
It is a traditional belief that Adi Sankara
installed at Srirangam, a Yantra called Janakarshana Yantra to attract pilgrims to this
sacred temple, just as at Tirupati
he installed the Dhanakarshana Yantra. Sankara infused immense power to this Yantra, which
has proved by its action perfectly true to its name. Tirupati is the richest temple in the
South, may be in
whole of India, and Srirangam is the most visited temple in the South.