About the Temple
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple stands on the banks of Penna river in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. This temple is consecrated to Lord Vishnu in the divine form of Sri Ranganathaswamy. This temple is also known as Talpagiri Ranganathaswamy or Ranganayakulu temple. Here, Lord Ranganatha, a resting form of Lord Vishnu is worshipped. It is one of the oldest temples in Nellore.
History and Architecture of the Temple
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple was established by Pallava kings in the 7th century. The temple was later developed in 12th century by the king Raja Mahendra Varma. The 7 leveled main entrance gateway Gopuram, which actually means wind tower, stands 70 ft tall and it appears huge. It has 10 feet of gold-plated vessels on top of it, called Kalsham
The images of Saints, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Lord Maheshwara and sculptures reflect the architecture brilliance.
Sri Vishnu Sahasranamavali or the 1000 different names of Lord Vishnu are displayed on the walls of sanctum sanctorum. Devotees chant Sri Vishnu Sahasranamavali while doing the parikrama around the temple. The idol of Lord Ranganathaswamy is seen in the reclining posture on Anantha. The temple also has a mirror house which is an major attraction for the devotees. There is a separate shrine of Goddess Rajya Lakshmi Devi towards the south of the main temple and shrine of Goddess Andal Ammavari towards the north.
Legend of the Temple
According to the legend, Lord Vishnu decided to visit Bhoo-loka along with his consort Goddess Sridevi. He asked Adisesha to be the place as Lord’s abode to stay at Bhoo -loka. Following the order of the Lord, Adisesha took the form of a mountain at this place. Hence, the place is known as Talpagiri Kshethra.
It is believed that saint Kashyap conducted Poundarika Yaga on Ekadasi day here to please the Lord. At last, the Lord appeared and blessed him.
Festivals and Celebrations
Every year, the festival of Sri Vari Brahmotsavam is celebrated during the month of March – April.
Vaikunta Ekadasi has also celebrated annually which is witnessed by many devotees.
How to reach
By Road: Buses are available from all major cities in Andhra Pradesh to Nellore from where the temple is 3 km away.
By Train: The nearby railway station is Nellore which is 4 km away.
By Air: Tirupati Airport is the nearby airport which is 127 km away. Bus and taxi services are available to access the temple.