27th July 2017.
After dharshan of Sri Narasimaswamy temple we tried to visit this Ranganathaswamy temple. We were told that the temple was closed after afternoon pooja and will be opened after 17.00 hrs. So we planned to visit this cave temple before leaving Namakkal.
Moolavar : Sri Ranganathaswamy.
Thayar : Sri Mahalakshmi
Some of the important details of this temple are…
The temple is facing east with a height of 100 steps from the ground level. Dwajasthambam, Palipedam and Garudalwar are at the front. Thayar Sannadhi was built at a latter stage on the right side of the cave.
The sanctum has three cells of rectangular in shape, in which Vishnu in reclining on sepent bed Anantasayi form. The cells has 2 pillars and 2 pillasters. A large number of celestials and attendants stand, dance and sit around. Unusually this sepaent is not Adisesha but Karkodaka. On the top of the panel we can see Surya, Markandya, Narada, Tumburu and Brahma sitting in the lotus which comes out of Vishnu’s navel, while celestials come out of the clouds.Madhu and Kaitabha two demons who came out fo Vishnu dance at his feet
On the left of this cave temple the vamana relief has been repeated. Facing him is the Sankaranarayanaor Harihara. The casual standing figure of Narasimha on the adjoining wall has nothing to do with the theme of this panel.
On the right side is the Thiruvikrama panel in which Vamana ( dwarf ) avathara of Vishnu describes the event of King Mabali gifting 3 foot land to Vamana without listening to his guru Sukracharya. His right leg is up showing the sky as the second step and Bali’s head as third step.
Though this cave temple resemble the architectural style of Pallava dynasty, but belongs to 8th Century Adiyaman rulers of Kongu region. As per the inscriptions found on the walls describe the Ranganatha temple as Atiyanaatha Vishnu graham, a shrine built by the Atiya King Gunasila. Another inscription refers to the Atiyendra Vishnu graham and to the Atiya Kula. An inscription found on the main sanctum which contains the image of Vishnu as Anantasayi, refers to the shrine as Sayya Griham ( Sayana Giraham ) But most of the people including Bhattar tells us that the caves were excavated during Pallava Period. The front mandapas are extended during Vijayanagara Period at a latter stage.
The temple will be kept opened between 07.30 Hrs to 13.00 Hrs and 16.30 Hrs to 20.30 Hrs
Official web site : http://www.namakkalanjaneyartemple.tnhrce.in/ & http://namakkalnarasimhaswamyanjaneyartemple.org/history.html
Contact land line and mobile numbers are +914286 233999 and +91 0443826099
HOW TO REACH:
Bus facilities are available from major cities of Tamil Nadu.
The temple is about a km distance from Bus stand and lot of share autos are available from arch.
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