Srirangapatna, is a definite tourist spot on the agenda of tourists visiting Mysore. Other
historic temple sites in and around Mysore include Chamundi Hills,
Somnathpura and Talakkad.
This island in the river Kaveri, is referred to as Goutama
Kshetram and is located in the vicinity of Mysore. Srirangapatna enshrines Vishnu
as Ranganatha in the Ranganathaswamy temple, which is said to date back
to the period of the Ganga ruler Tirumalaiya of the 9th century CE.
Srirangapatna was the historic capital of Tippu
Sultan known for his struggle against British rule. Several monuments relating to
his rule are sprinkled across the island. Both Tippu Sultan and his father Hyder Ali are
believed to have made endowments to the Ranganathaswamy temple.
Srirangapatna is one of the Pancharanga
Kshetras in the course of the river Kaveri. The other four are Srirangam near Tiruchirappalli, Tiruvindalur near Mayiladuturai, Kumbhakonam and Koyiladi
near Tiruchirappalli all in Tamilnadu, along the Kaveri as the river meanders in an
easterly direction. Srirangapatna is also known as Aadi Rangam, Srirangam as Antha Rangam and Sivasamudram in Karnataka
This vast temple has an impressive gopuram and fort
like walls and it exhibits a mixture of the Hoysala and Vijayanagar architectural styles.
Ranganatha is portrayed as reclining on the bed of Aadi Sesha. Also enshrined are images
of Gowtama muni and the river Kaveri. Ranganayaki Thaayaar is enshrined
in the north west corner of the temple. There is also a shrine to Krishna here.
The Alwars and the Acharyas of the Sri Vaishnava
tradition are also enshrined here. Also seen here are images of Srinivasa and Panchamukha
Anjaneya, said to have been installed by Vyasaraya. The Chaturvimsati
pillars in front of the inner entrance bear carvings of 24 forms of Vishnu.
Abodes of Vishnu