The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple

An Easy Tours' Photo Essay

The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is one of the largest temple structures in India

21 gopurams (gateways) guard the way to the inner sanctuary dedicated to Visnhu

The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is located in the city of Tiruchirappalli, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu

The complex was built in the Dravidian architecture style sometime before the 10th century

Both a temple and a city, Sri Ranganathaswamy is under consideration for UNESCO World Heritage status

50 shrines are strewn throughout the nearly 6 square mile complex

The Hall of 1000 Pillars was added during the reign of the Vijayanagara Empire

The inner most sanctuary can only be visited by Hindus