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White Gopuram at Srirangam Temple. Srirangam is an island, and a part of the city of Tiruchirapalli (also known as Trichy or Tiruchi), in South India. It is bounded by the Kaveri River (also known as Cauvery ) on one side, and the Kaveri distributary Kollidam on the other side. Srirangam is home to a significant population of Srivaishnavites (followers of Lord Vishnu, one of the triumvirate of Hindu Gods the other two being Lord Siva, the Destroyer and Lord Brahma, the Creator).

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Why to Visit Temples ? (Scientific Reason)

"Tanjore Brihadeeswarar Temple is also known as The Periya Koil or 'Big Temple'. Showcasing pure Dravidian architecture, the temple was built in the Chola capital of Tanjavur under the aegis of the Chola king Rajaraja Chola in 1010 A.D. Designed by Sama Varma, the architecture of Brihadeeswara temple is unique in that the temple casts no shadows on the ground at noon during any time of the year."

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The White Gopuram or gate on the east of Srirangam Temple. It was here several hundred years ago that one of the temple dancing girls, or devidasis, enticed the general of the conquering muslim army to meet with her on the top of the tower. When he arrived, she pushed him off and, to avoid torture, she jumped too. The muslim army left shortly after, leaving the people of this holy location to continue with their regular lives of devotion and service to the temple deity, Sri Ranganathaswamy.

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srirangam Thanga Vimanam

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Theatre Expression in Sri Vaishnava Worship is a scholarly account of that festival and its variants in the temples of Srirangam and elsewhere. Srirama Bharati, who has taught and performed the sacred art for over 25 years has rendered the Alvars' Pasurams (verses from the Divya Prabandham) in English with the intimacy of an 'insider'. The book includes an overview of the 108 Divya Desa temples and a gist of the Vishnu-Krishna lore of the Itihasa-Puranas.

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