Saturday, August 4, 2018

Uthra Ranganathar Temple, Pallikonda – The Temple

Uthra Ranganathar Temple, Pallikonda – The Temple
The Temple is situated inside a fort like structure. Presiding Deity is called as Uthra Ranganatha Swamy with Sridevi Thayar and Bhoodevi Thayar. He is in Anantha Sayana Thirukolam ((Reclining posture) on Adhiseshan facing East. Sridevi and Bhoodevi Thaayars are sitting next to the Lord and with Lord Brahma in Nabi Kamalam (Navel). The idol of the Lord is made of Salagrama stone. 

Utsavar (Festival Deity) is Ranganatha Swamy with Sridevi and Bhoodevi Thaayars. Another Utsavar Idol called Kasthuri Ranganathar or Chotta Ranganathar can be seen in the sanctum. Mother is called as Ranganayaki Thayar. She is housed in separate shrine and she is in sitting posture. There are shrines of Rama, Navaneetha Krishna, Andal, Anjaneya, Udayavar, Manavala Mamunigal, Kulasekhara Azhwar, Nammazhwar and Garudazhwar in the Temple premises. Theertham associated with this temple is Vyasa Pushkarani.

There are several inscriptions inside the temple, both in the inner prakara as well as on the walls of the outer prakara dating back to the Chozha period. Vikrama Chozha I, the son of Kulothunga Chozha I has donated several pieces of land for the upkeep and maintenance of the temple.  The temple’s history can also be seen from ancient granite structure of the inner and outer prakara. Later Krishna Deva Raya has contributed significantly to the temple including building the big outer walls.

According to the inscriptions in this temple, there were many kings, who took part in renovating, maintaining and establishing this temple. Some of them are Vikrama Cholan of 1118 - 1136 A.D, Kulasekara Samburvarayar king who has donated large land area for the welfare of the temple, and Krishnadevaraya who has constructed compound wall and did many other facilities to this temple.  

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