- • Pooja Time : 7.30am – 9.15am, 12.00Noon – 1.15pm, 5.45pm – 6.45pm
- • Service Time(Dharshan) : 6.15am – 7.30am, 9.15am – 12.00Noon, 1.15pm – 5.45pm, 6.45pm – 9pm
The district’s most important pilgrim centre is located in an island just 7 kms from Tiruchi. Srirangam, surrounded by the waters of river Cauveri on one side and its tributary kollidam on the other, is a 600 acre island-town enclosed within the seven walls of the gigantic Sriranganathaswami Temple.Most of it dates from the 14th to 17th centuries, and many people have had a hand in its construction, including the Cheras, Pandyas, Cholas, Hoysalas and rulers from Vijayanagar. The largest gopuram in the first wall on the southern side was completed as recently as 1987, and now measures 73m.
The main temple is dedicated to Vishnu. Even muslims are said to have prayed here after the fall of the Vijayanagar Empire. Non-Hindus are not allowed into the gold – topped sanctum, but they are allowed into the sixth wall. The whole place is fascinating. Bazaars and Brahmins’ houses fill the space between the outer four walls, and you don’t have to take your shoes off or deposit your bicycle until you get to the fourth wall. Just past the shoe deposit is an information centre, where you buy the ticket to climb the wall for a panoramic view of the entire complex. A temple guide will unlock the gates and tell you what’s what. It’s worth engaging one of these guides as there is much to see and you could easily spend all day wandering around the complex. There’s also a small museum containing sculptures.
An annual Car Festival is held here in January during which a decorated wooden chariot is pulled through the streets between various walls. In mid-December, the Vaikunda Ekadasi, or Paradise Festival will be celebrated in the Vishnu Temple. Ivory sculptures of Lord Vishnu in various poses and the images of Nayak Kings with consorts donated by Nayak kings who ruled Madurai during the 17th century are available here. Pavai lamps of Marati period who ruled Thanjavur, the rest of the period, made the Nataraja image in a pearl made screen. Coins of British, Dutch, Tiruvanquor, Hyderabad, Gowalior, princely states are available. Firm leaves inscriptions, stone sculptures, very big temple lamps, copper plates of Vijayanagara Kings are available .
- Kambar Mandabam
- Road to paradise
- Relaxation Area
- Kaveri River
- Amma Mandapam
- Toy Shops
- Pooja Things shop
- Prasatham Sale
Srirangam is located 10 Km from Trichy Central Bus stand and 2 Km from Chatiram Bus Stand