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Srirangam temple tank to get clay coating at base

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Clay being filled at the base ofithe Chandrapuskarani situated inside Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam on Tuesday.Photo: M. Srinath

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To improve retention of water, say temple authorities

In an effort to retain water in the ‘Chandra Pushkarani’, situated inside Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, the base of the temple tank is being filled with clay.

The new work is being carried out with the help of a donor after completion of desilting works.

The clay base is expected to improve retention of water in the tank. For this purpose, clay is being lifted from a lake at South Sithambur village near Musiri and brought to the temple tank.

Permission to lift clay has already been obtained from the district administration, said temple authorities.

Around 80 units of clay will be required for the purpose.

The work started recently.

The main objective of using clay is to retain water in the ‘Chandra Pushkarani’ – a major tank located opposite to the ‘Paramapada Vaasal’ inside the temple. Similar work is also underway at the ‘Surya Pushkarani’ tank inside the temple, said the authorities.



source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/srirangam-temple-tank-to-get-clay-coating-at-base/article19837245.ece


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Pushkaram fills Srirangam temple’s coffer

The monthly process of counting the hundial collections at the Sri Ranganathar Swamy temple fetched Rs 94,55, 862, a colossal amount and reportedly the highest ever monthly collection at the temple.

As the Cauvery Maha Pushkaram was celebrated between September 12 and 23, temple sources said that large number of people had thronged the foremost among the 108 divya desam temples. Even though religious events such as Vaikunta Ekadesi would fetch donations dropped in temple hundials between Rs 85-Rs 86 lakh, owing to the observance of Maha Pushkaram, the temple hundials have received whopping Rs 94 lakhs as monthly collection.

"Cauvery Maha Pushkaram and the ongoing Tamil month Purattasi attracted a lot of pilgrims from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. We usually count the collection once in a month, but in recent years we have not received such colossal amount through hundials," a temple source said.

Besides the Rs 94.55 lakh collected through donations in cash, temple sources said that the devotees have also contributed 186gms of gold and 668gms of silver.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city ... 876343.cms


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Will have granite slabs with the divine verses of Azhwars

The renowned Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple here will soon have a ‘Azhwargal Kalvettu Nandhavanam’ – a stone garden containing granite slabs engraved with the divine verses of Nalayira Divya Prabhandham sung on Lord Ranganatha.

The ‘Nandhavanam’ is being established using temple funds near the ‘Kottaram’ inside the sprawling temple premises.

A row of stone pedestals have been erected at the chosen spot. Polished granite slabs containing the divine paasurams rendered by the Azhwars and Sri Andaal, except Madurakavi Azhwar, on Lord Ranganatha will be embedded on them.

According to temple authorities, 247 paasurams will be engraved on the 40 granite slabs - a few of which have already been installed on the stone pedestals.

The stone garden, which is being implemented at a cost ₹23 lakh, will be ready by October, they said.



Soon, a ‘stone garden’ at Srirangam temple

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The 'Kalvettu Nandhavanam' being readied at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam.Photo: M. Srinath




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Will have granite slabs with the divine verses of Azhwars

The renowned Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple here will soon have a ‘Azhwargal Kalvettu Nandhavanam’ – a stone garden containing granite slabs engraved with the divine verses of Nalayira Divya Prabhandham sung on Lord Ranganatha.

The ‘Nandhavanam’ is being established using temple funds near the ‘Kottaram’ inside the sprawling temple premises.

A row of stone pedestals have been erected at the chosen spot. Polished granite slabs containing the divine paasurams rendered by the Azhwars and Sri Andaal, except Madurakavi Azhwar, on Lord Ranganatha will be embedded on them.

According to temple authorities, 247 paasurams will be engraved on the 40 granite slabs - a few of which have already been installed on the stone pedestals.

The stone garden, which is being implemented at a cost ₹23 lakh, will be ready by October, they said.


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Preserving Srirangam’s architectural heritage

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Like most temple towns, Srirangam has got caught up in a real estate boom that has begun to erase its unique architectural heritage. Thirty Final Year students of M.A.M. School of Architecture (MAMSA) have been engaged for the past six months in an attempt to reverse the trend of placing ultra-modern but culturally jarring buildings next to old structures in Srirangam.

The results of their research, a series of 45 drawings that show an alternative elevation more culturally compatible to Srirangam’s heritage, are being exhibited during Navarathri at the Aayiram Kaal Mandapam of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple. “Heritage cities have their own stamp, but in India, modern commercial buildings that are irrelevant to the culture of these places are eroding this,” J. Ramanan, architect, photographer and Design Chair, MAMSA, told The Hindu . “Our first step was to document the existing buildings in Srirangam, because once they are demolished, they will be lost forever.”

Mr. Ramanan said it would be better for buildings in the core area of Srirangam to follow architectural features and elements that evoke the past glory of the city. “We carried out 20-25 case studies of how modern constructions could be redone from a heritage perspective. We have prepared at least 100 elevation drawings that could be used as a template by local architects,” he said. “Once we restore the visual relevance of these buildings, the lost glory will return to Srirangam,” he added.

The response to the exhibition has been very encouraging.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 755114.ece


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Devotees, dates and deity

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Circa 1323 AD. The utsava murti of Srirangam temple, lord Ranganatha aka Azagiya Manavalan, was taken out of the temple by devotees to protect the idol from enemy invaders. The journey lasted 48 years. Many such interesting stories from the koil olugu (books maintained by the temple authorities that record the happenings in the temple) and inscriptions, and information about different festivals and rituals of Sri Ranganathasvami Temple, is documented in a book, Srirangam, Heaven on Earth, compiled by historian Chithra Madhavan. It is a coffee-table book-cum-sthala puranam that has pictures of each part of the temple, paintings, inscriptions and maps.

“It was J Lakshminarayan’s idea. The photographer-publisher from Srirangam came to me with this concept a year ago but it materialised only now,” says Chithra, who took the help of Prema Nandakumar, Vijayalakshmy Subramanian, and Asha Krishnakumar. They contributed several chapters on the festival and rituals, music in the temple and the 48 years of Ranganatha outside the temple premises respectively.

The earliest historical reference of the temple dates back to 2nd century AD, and the book has all the information on how Ranganatha came to be the main deity of Srirangam. “The temple has seven prakarams (concentric enclosures), a number of shrines, gopurams and mandapams, and inscriptions — there are more than 600 inscriptions on walls and copper plate but I have highlighted only the relevant ones,” she shares.

Prema, who has written for various publications about the different festivals of the temple, says, “Every month we have a different festival. For instance, Pavitrotsavam is where the lord is adorned with garlands of thread; there’s also a ritual where Ranganatha goes to Cauvery,” she says.
Lakshminarayanan was ecstatic to shoot photos of the temple. “ I used drones to get the aerial shot of the temple and the city, there are night shots and shots of all the shrines and gopurams. I had around 4,000 photos by the end of it,” he grins.

Asha came across an article in 2013 about the 48-year journey of the utsava murti and after validating the story, she conceptualised a dance production, Aranganin Paddhayil, about it in 2015. “From 1323 to 1371, the devotees protected the god, thayar, ubay nachiyars and the jewellery. They did not have a route to follow; all they did was to evade the enemies. For a long time the idol was kept in Tirupathi and this is a fact not many are aware of,” she says.

The enemy army was always on the move and that meant that the devotees also had to keep changing their route. The route they took was Srirangam-Jothishkudi-Thirumaliruncholai-Kozhikode-Thirukanambi-Punganur-Melkottai-Tirupathi-Gingee. “The temple has a koil olugu that has recorded this episode. This story definitely deserved a place in the book,” adds Chithra.

Vijayalakshmy, who conducts kshetra sangeetham in the city, has written about the Vaggeyakaras, their lyrics and music, and the kritis composed here. “Famous among the kritis are Thyagaraja’s Srirangam Pancharatna and Dikshithar’s composition,” she says.

The book also documents paintings in the temple. “All the Southern dynasties have contributed to the temple. The Hoysala kings contributed the most in the form of architecture, festivals, jewellery and paintings. The paintings are still seen in the temple,” says Chithra.

Legend

Saint Thyagaraja had attended a temple festival but he was not seen near the deity. After a point, the procession could not move forward as the idol became heavy. The priest had a vision that the musician was there and asked him to come forward and sing. It was only after that, they could move forward.

The book is available at the temple and to place orders call 9840789096


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Golu exhibition at Srirangam gets modern lighting, spl effects

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The famous thematic golu exhibition at Sri Rangathaswamy temple got more technical this year as many of the arrangements were given added effects making them a visual treat.

There are about 1,000 idols on display in the thematic golu arrangements narrating stories in 35 sections. While colourful lighting arrangements add value to the display, moving objects further increased its charm.


This year is even more special with the theme of Bhakthiyum Mukthiyum Srimannarayananey. The structure and shape of the exhibition itself is different from last year, said the organisers.

"We have kept eight goddesses on eight motorised swings which actually move. We were able to make it with the help of motors which wasn't there last year,"said S Surendranath, president of the cultural ambassadors of Mylapore, who is also a creative director by profession.

The golu arrangement by Mayilai Kalai Moovar will be kept open for public from 10am to 1pm and 6-9 pm.



source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/trichy/golu-exhibition-at-srirangam-gets-modern-lighting-spl-effects/articleshow/60787010.cms


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