A hidden treasure

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A hidden treasure

Rangasthala, a lesser-known temple site, is situated in Thippenahalli village, 6 km away from Chikkaballapura town. The ancient Sriranganathaswamy Temple here is known for its huge structure and an artistic appeal. The main deity is Ranganathaswamy in reclining posture with goddesses Sridevi and Bhoodevi sitting beside him.

The posture of the main deity is similar to that of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangapatna. It is said that the idol of Ranganathaswamy temples in Srirangam (Tamil Nadu), Srirangapatna and Rangasthala were installed on the same day. The garbha-griha is in the shape of a bamboo basket.

The temple has both mythological and historical significance and there are many legends associated with this place. There are some sub shrines dedicated to the Vaishnava saints like Ramanuja, Vedanta Desikan and Chakrathalwar. Garuda, the vehicle of Lord Vishnu, is also worshipped here. The beautifully-carved pillars in front of the garbha-griha reminds one of the famous Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam. Attractive carvings of Durga in Mahishasuramardhini posture, Krishna, Chaturbhuja Vishnu, Garuda and Anjaneya can be seen here.

A huge gopura similar to that of the temple in Srirangam has been built above the old one. The mukhamantapa has also been renovated and the idols of dashavatara have been carved on it. The idols present in the old structure, which showcased Lord Vishnu in different forms, have been retained.

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