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RANGANATHA OF SRIRANGAPATTANA
OF THE SHRINE
Ganges though acquired a new name and moved on in new surroundings did not snap
her connections with Vaikunta or its Lord Sri Mahavishnu. As she came from the
holy feet of Sri Mahavishnu, she wanted to adore him always and wash his feet eternally. So she created three
islands during her course and made theists erect
gigantic temples dedicated to Ranganatha - another name for Mahavishnu who is worshipped in his reclining posture.
The three islands containing unusually huge
temples go by the names of Adi Rangam - Srirangapattana situated near Mysore,
Madhya Rangam at Sivasamudram, lying near Maddur and Antya Ranga located near
Trichirapalli. And at each of these three Mahavishnu is the presiding deity and
great rulers endowed them lavishly with jagirs etc. for conducting prayer
services regularly on a grand scale.