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of God Vishnu in Ananthasayanam posture - joyfully taking a nap in a reclining posture - on the recoiled bed of serpent Adhisesha with his seven hoods forming the canopy. The five holy shrines in the order of their successive locations on the banks of down stream of the Cauvery river are: The Srirangapatna is called the Adi Ranga, the first temple on the banks of the Cauvery river from the upstream side; the Srirangam (an island between the rivers Coleroon and Cauvery) in Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu is known as Adhi Ranga, Appalarangam or Koviladi at Tiurppernagar in TN, Parimala Ranganatha Perumal Temple at Tiruindalur in Mayiladuthurai (also Mayuram) and Vatarangam near Sirkazhi (Nagapatnam district, TN ), also listed as Sri Renganatha Perumal Temple. In place of Vatarangam in some records, the Sarangapani temple, in the heart of Kumbakonam is mentioned. Kumbakonam is yet another famous temple city in Tamil Nadu like Kanchipuram. All the Navagraha shrines are located near Kumbaknonam except Thirunallar which is just far away in Karikal (Pondicherry). These are famous sacred pilgrimage sites for the Vaishnavites and further, they are all Divyadesam shrines revered by the 12 Tamil Azhawar saints.
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Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, TN:
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Appakkudathaan Perumal Temple, Koviladi:
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This old temple with three-tired Rajagopuram is on an elevated structure and many rulers built this place of worship. The annual festival here, that falls in the Tamil month of Panguni (March–April), is a famous one. This is believed to be the only Divya Desam shrine where Neyyappam ( a food item prepared with ghee) is offered to the Lord every night as neivedhyam. Childless couple seek the blessing of the lord to have children. This temple is also close to Thiruvaiyaru on the Tiruchi - Thanjavur bus route via Kallanai - a big ancient stone diversion dam built by the famous ruler Karikala Chola in the 2nd century (the oldest one in the world) to improve rice cultivation in the delta area of Thanjavur.
Sarangapani temple, Kumbakonam:
The Pancharanga Kshetram Sarangapani Temple in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, is a famous one in this area and is one of the Divya Desam shrines. It is called Madhya Aranga Kshetram among the Pancharanga shrines.
A temple of great antiquity, it was built partly by Medieval Cholas, Vijayanagar Empire and Madurai Nayaks. A big temple complex, the largest in this city with tall granite boundary walls, the Rajagopuram (the main gateway) has eleven tiers and is 173 ft (53 m) tall. There are five other smaller and attractive gopurams (towers) in the temple. The temple tank is Potramarai Kulam (Lotus tank) near the western entrance.
Among the 12 annual temple festivals, the chariot festival is the most prominent one in Tamil nadu in the Tamil month of Chitrai (March–April). The twin temple chariots weigh 300 tons (660,000 lb) each (renovated in 2007). They are next only in size to those at Thygaraja temple (Aazhi Ther) in Thiruvarur and Andal Temple in Srivilliputhur. The chariots festivals are held twice a year during the Brahmmotsavam -April–May and other during Ratasaptami in January–February.
The main deity is in pallikondar (in reclining posture) with his head resting on his right hand. The sanctum has two entrances named as Utharayana Vaasal and Dhakshanayana Vaasal, each open for a six-month period. From 15 January to 15 July, Utharayanya Vaasal is opened for Dharsan while Dhakshanaya Vaasal is opened during the other half of the year.
There are excellent stone carvings on the walls, displaying various styles of Bharatanatyam, 108 karanas form the basic movements; The Mahasamprokshanam (Kumbabishegam) of the temple was held on 13 July 2015 with great fanfare and devotion.
Parimala Ranganathar Perumal Temple, Mayiladuthurai:
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Above image: Parimala Ranganathar Perumal Temple in Thiruvilandur of Mayiladuthurai town. In this temple Brahma is sculptured on the wall. You can see part of the lord taking a nap,...........
Various rulers medieval Cholas, Vijayanagar Empire and Madurai Nayaks contributed to the temple. . From 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m, six- kaala pujas are performed daily for the Moolavar. Here, the lord is believed to have blessed planet Chandra - moon god. In the sanctum, the main deity Parimala Ranganathar in Ananathasayanam posture (reclining), is a huge one -12 ft (3.7 m) made of green stone facing east. The consort of the lord is Parimala Ranganayaki (also known as Chandrasaapa Vimochanavalli). Installed in the sanctum are the images of river gods Cauvery and Ganga, as well as that of Santhana Gopalakrishnan. The other shrines are Yoga Narasimhar, Rama, Anjaneya, Surya and Chandra. Here, the dwajasthamba mantabam and the garuda mantapam are well sculptured and many of the small shrines. are in the Prakarams.
The well-known- festivals of this temple are the Chitrai festival, the 10-day Aaandal Aadi festival (July–August), Vaikunta Ekadasi (Tamil Margazhi month: December - January), Makara Sank(ranthi (January) and Panguni Brahmotsavam (Panguni month: March - April).