Ranganathaswamy; 2 Definition(s)

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Ranganathaswamy temple (at Srirangam) is an archaeologically important site containing ancient Indian mural paintings, from the Vijayanagara period.

Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Painting: A Survey (h)

Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam (Śrī Raṅgam) represents a sacred place for the worship of Viṣṇu.— The Raṅganāthar (Ranganathaswamy) Temple is the largest amongst the grandest temples in India and is considered the treasure house of art. Śrīraṅgam enshrines Viṣṇu as Raṅganātha in a reclining posture and its entrance is crowned with the loftiest tower in India. This temple is the most sacred of the 108 Vaiṣṇava religious centers. Śrīraṅgam is an island formed by the two branches of the river Kaveri. It is situated three kilometers north of Tiruchirapalli.

The kings who were involved in the construction of the [Ranganathaswamy] temple were raja Raja Chola, Nanda Chola, King Kulasekara, Vikrama Chola, and Sri Sundara Pandya. The Chola ruler Parantaka I (907-955) built the main shrine in the 10th century. Successive additions made by the Pandya (12th–14th century), Hoysala (12th–14th century), and Vijayanagara rulers (14th–17th century) and the Nayaka chiefs (16th–18th century) extended it horizontally into a huge temple complex with seven rectangular enclosures (prahāras). The main shrine is enclosed by an enormous outer wall 754 meters by 878 meters. Surrounding the main shrine are six concentric walls, and each wall has towered gateways.

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (history)
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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