- Ranganatha Temple
Mahatmeeyam and Hastagiri Mahatmeeyam embody an exhaustive account of the origin
and glory of this kshetra, being one of the three principal kshetras for
Mahavishnu. According to it, Brahma was sought the adjudication of a pretty
dispute that arose between Lakshmi and Saraswati over their relative
superiority. Adored as Dharmamurti, he declared Lakshmi, the winner after duly
considering their claims for primacy. Deeming the verdict partial, Saraswati
left Satyaloka and settled down at Nandimalai. There needed once her presence at
Yagnavedika performed by Brahma. When invited, she refused to participate.
Brahma accomplished his desire with Savitri, his second wife. Enraged Saraswati
changed herself into a great furious river flowing with high floods, and posed
threats to the safety of the land. Lord Mahavishnu descended then and
established himself at three places on the banks of river Palar to tame down the
fury. It also enabled him to bless Ambarisha doing penance here. Thus emerged,
this Pallikonda and. is one among three kshelas, the others being Tiruparkadal
and Kancheepuram. Ambarisha then earnestly made a plea to the Lord to remain
here permanently. He did.
over victory, Brahma built a fine temple for Sri Ranganatha at this place and
named it Pallikonda. The temple is elegantly built amidst coconut trees with all
the essential parts. The tall majestic four tiered tower of the temple comes
into sight at first, and many worshipful gods and goddesses installed, like
Aranganayaki Tayar, Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Anjaneya, Alwars, Andal, Garudalvar
moolavar, reclining on Sesha, hands adorned with potent weapons, Sridevi and
Bhudevi at his holy feet and Brahma on a lotus near his navel, gives darsan. The
walls are exquisitely decorated with numerous figures of Krishna and his sports.
The eight imposing figures of Narasimha called Ashta Narasimhas are adorning the
pillars of Krishna temple built on
the bank of Vyasa Pushkarini, it is called the Dakshina Triveni or Tirumukkoodal
in Tamil. Agamic worship is offered regularly.
is a Tamil word standing for reclining. This place perhaps got its name owing to
the recumbent posture of the temple's archamurti - Sri Ranganathar. It is an
ancient temple built in the Dravidian architectural design, possessing all parts
and many mini-shrines. The sculptural adornments are quite arresting by their
superb artistry. In addition to the reclining Moolavar Ranganathar, there are
two more sannidhis in the temple for Varadaraja Perumal and Srinivasa Perumal.
Agamic worship is offered with veneration due. The Goddess is called Pushpavalli
Tayaru. The temple tower and certain interior parts bear resemblance to
Srirangam temple. It is a largely visited shrine and annual festivals lure huge
lies 15 km of Vellore on the way to Bangalore, enjoying bus