The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple Trichy Reviews
The biggest Hindu temple in the world Sep 17, 2008
The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is a major pilgrimage destination for Hindus. It is said this temple is the biggest Hindu temple in the world, as it covers an area of about 6,31,000m2. This Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple claims to be the largest functioning Hindu temple, leaving Angkor Wat in Cambodia as the largest non-functioning Hindu temple in world.
The temple is so huge, it houses a town itself. The complex has seven walled sections, each section having its gopuram. In between the walls and gopurams are streets with houses and a traffic lane that runs through the narrow gopurams, it’s complete chaos.
Personally, I thought the first courtyard of the temple was particularly gorgeous, with many colourful sculptures on the façade. This courtyard is followed by a large hall with carved pillars.
Non-Hindus may go to the sixth wall, but are not allowed into the gold-topped sanctum.
Part of the Southern India 2008 travel blog
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