|Ala-ud-din Khilji.1290 -1320 CEwww.tamilvu.org|
On instruction from Allaudin Khilji, one of his military Commanders Ulagh Khan and his powerful army raided many parts of South India and in 1323 AD attacked the famous Sri Ranganathar temple, Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, the largest functioning temple complex in the world for treasures. The siege continued for a short period and the holy temple was used as a garrison by the invading army. It was a chaotic situation around the temple town.
|Srirangam Ranganathar temple comlex, Tamil Nadu,Indiatamilnation.co|
In the historical temple at Gopurapatti village, Sri Adhinayaka Perumal(Visnu) is in Ananthasayanam (reclining) posture as in Srirangam. As the sanctum at Srirangam was blocked with a wall on all sides for safety before massive invasion by the Muslim raiders from Delhi, the daily religious rituals or protocols (Nithya pooja, etc) meant for Lord Sri Ranganathaswamy was regularly performed to Sri Adhinayaka Perumal idol in Gopurapatti village, several kilimeters from Srirangam. The Muslim army left Srirangam terribly disappointed, having found no valuable gold or silver treasures in the temple. After this unfortunate raid, for several years the temple remained closed with out temple rituals, poojas, etc and was not properly maintained for some decades for various reasons.
Puja rituals for Sri. Ranganathar continued at Gopurapatti village till the reopening of the temple and resumption of regular poojas in the sanctum at Sri Ranganathar temple at Srirangam.
As a mark of respect and homage to the vaishnavites who lost their lives in 1323 AD during the invasion of Alauddin Khilji's army, annual rituals of ''Tithi'' (Pithroo Karyam) or' Sirardham' for the Pithroos (Ancestors) is being performed on Adi Ammavasai day every year on the banks of the Vaikkal. The Samprokshanam of Gopurapatti temple was performed on August 27, 2010.
(Re modified on July 14, 2015)