SRI RANGANATHA SAWAMI TEMPLE, SRIRANGAM
The district's most important pilgrim centre is located in an island just 7 km from Tiruchy. Srirangam, surrounded by the waters of river Cauveri on one inside and its tributary kollidam on the other, is a 600 acre island-town enclosed within the seven walls of the gigantic sriranganathaswami Temple.
There are 21 Gopurams, among which the Rajagopuram is the largest in
south India. The 72m high 13 tired Gopuram was build in 1987 that dominates
the landscape for miles around, while the remaining 20 Gopurams were
build between the 14th and 17th centuries. Originally, there was just
a small shrine where the temple is today, but it was added on to and
expanded by the Cholas, Cheras, Pandyas, Hoysalas, the Vijayanagar kings
and Nayaks of Madurai and today Srirangam stands as the biggest temple
complex in the country.
This temple is beautifully located on the banks of Cauveri river called
Melur which is just 3 kms from Srirangam. Giant claymade horses adorn