The architectural beauty of Tamil Nadu can be best seen in its temples and Srirangam Temple is one of the most impressive temple amongst all. It is also called Sri Ranganathaswamy temple and is devoted to Lord Ranganatha Perumal. This Hindu temple is located at a distance of 5km from Trichy. No one knows about the year of construction of this temple.
It is the largest Hindu temple in Tamil Nadu and the devotees throng in here throughout the year. If you are planning to visit the temple, then December-January is the best time as it is during this time? the grand festival is celebrated in the temple. The celebration stretches for twenty days. There are 108 pilgrimage shrines of Lord Vishnu in India and this shrine is the most revered one. Encircled by seven strong walls,the temple has impressive Gopurams which are 21 in number. The tallest one is 236 feet in height and the title of second largest gopuram in Asia has been conferred on it. They are exquisitely adorned with sculptures and carvings and painted with a variety of themes taken from the Hindu Mythology.
There is a mythological story attached to the temple. According to it, there was a sage named Vibhisana. Once he was making an effort to transport the idol of Sri Ranganatha from India to Srilanka and stopped at a place to give some rest to his tired muscles. He kept the idol on the ground and when after resting for a while he tried to pick up the idol, mystically the idol got glued to the ground and would not move at all. Even a group of fifty people could not move it. So taking it as the indication of the Almighty, a temple was built at that place housing the idol. Later many new additions were made to beautify the temple.