Brahma, Vishnu, Maheswara, and many sages and sculptures reflect the craftsmanship. Sri Vishnu Sahasranamavali or 1000 different names of Lord Vishnu are displayed on the walls of the sanctum sanctorum of this Ranganathaswamy Vishnu Temple.
Nellore Ranganathaswamy Vishnu Temple a Hindu temple dedicated to Ranganatha, the sleeping form of Lord Vishnu, in Andhra Pradesh, India.
This temple is one of the oldest temples in Nellore, also known as Talpagiri Ranganathaswamy Temple or Ranganayaka Swamy Temple.
History of Ranganathaswamy Vishnu Temple:
Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple established by the Pallava kings in the 7th century. Later in the 12th century, King Raja Mahendra Varma created the temple.
It situated on the banks of the Penna river. A huge gopuram called Galigopuram literally means “tower of the wind”.
The tower about 70 feet high and surrounded by 10-foot gold-plated vessels called kalasams.
Devotees can recite Sri Vishnu Sahasranamavali while circumambulating the temple. Besides the main temple, the Mirror House, Lakshmi Mata, and Andal Ammavari Gudi are other attractions within the Ranganatha Temple premises.
Thus, the Ranganatha temple is also famous for its beautiful sculpture and delicate carvings.
Lord Vishnu one of the most beautiful deities in India. Ranganatha’s statue ten feet tall, reclining on his bed.
Goddess Sridevi sits on his chest, seated on a lotus rising from Lord Brahma’s navel. Most of the temples face east, but this one face west towards the river Penna. Around 100 forms of Vishnu carved on the walls of the temple.
Next to the temple a tree, the couple is blessed to have children from the tree known as Santana Vriksha. The woman tears off a piece of saree place offerings and ties it in the form of a cradle to get blessings.
Festivals and Puja:
Brahmotsavam very well celebrated in the month of March-April. Devotees from all over India come here to celebrate the Ratha Yatra, the most famous annual ritual held at the temple.
Various seva-pujas performed at Ranganatha Swamy Temple in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh
A devotee can perform various pujas – seva – in the temple and seek blessings from Vishnu. There are many important rituals like Poolangi Seva Ubhayakatnam, Parthika Kalyanam, Nithyakalyanam, Abhishekam / Thirumanjanam, Sahasranama Archana, Ashtottara Shatanama Archana, Karpura Sarathi, Addala Meda entry etc.
Some pujas can be performed on special days or one day of the year. Mulvarla special, darshan, permanent welfare, Saraswati sahasranama pooja, permanent ashtottara puja, permanent annaprasada distribution.