Friday, April 22, 2016

Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam – Venugopala Shrine

Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam – Venugopala Shrine
This early 17th century shrine lies SW of the main axis between the 4th and 3d enclosures. The architecturally beautiful shrine of Venu Gopala is popular among the art lovers; this shrine was built by Hoysalas; the vimana, walls and the sculptures are all extremely attractive.

In the fourth court, non-Hindus may admire in its southern wing the Temple of Venugopala Krishnan, whose outside walls are decorated with very beautiful sculptures in high relief like young women playing the Zither (Veena) or with a parrot or putting the finishing touches (Tilaka) to their appearance before a looking glass.

A climb to the terrace overhanging this temple affords a general view of the Temple of Srirangam. This court also has a museum with highly interesting objects. Non-Hindus are also admitted to the eastern courtyard of this enclosure, which is dominated by the Vellai gopura. 

The sub-shrine of Lakshmi Narayana, Tirukatchi Nambi and Varadaraja Perumal is located very near to the Garuda shrine. This is again a popular area in this temple due to two pillars having the bas relief images of Narasimha is various postures; it is also called as Nava Narasimha shrine.

There is a sub-shrine of Venu Gopala with two consorts behind this sub-shrine. Near Venu Gopala shrine, there is a very big shrine for Chakarathalwar. Also found the sub-shrines of Veera Anjaneya and Tiruppaanalwar nearby.