Sri Rangaji Mandir…

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Sri Rangaji Mandir, Sri Vrindavan Dham

Sri Rangaji Mandir is dedicated to Lord Sri Goda-Rangamannar. Goda or Andal as she is popularly known in South India was a famous 8th century Vaishnava saint who had composed “Tiruppuvai” which centers around her love for her beloved Lord Krishna and his leela bhoomi Vrindavan. She pines for him, fasts for him, sings songs in his praise and wants to attain him by marrying him. Lord Ranganatha who is none other than Krsna answers her prayers by becoming her bridegroom. In Sri Rangaji Mandir, Lord Krsna is present as the bridegroom with a walking stick in his hand as is the custom in a traditional south Indian marriage. To His right is Andal and to His left Garuda, the vahana of Lord Krsna (incidentally, the Lord gives this same darshan in Srivilliputhur, the town where Andal appeared). The sacred syllable “Om” composed of “a kara”, “u kara” and “ma kara” appears as Sri Rangamannar (a kara), Andal (u kara), and Garuda representing the jivas (ma kara). Darshan of the Lord in this manner is considered equivalent to having darshan of pranavam “Om” itself.

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Sri Goda- Rangamannar with Sri Garuda

Andal had expressed three wishes in “NachiyarTirumozhi”(143 verses composed by her in praise of Lord Krishna). Her first wish was to spend her life at the feet of Lord Krishna in Vrindavan. Her second wish that Lord Krishna accept her as his bride came true when she married Lord Krishna and the third wish that Lord Ranganatha (Lord Krishna) be offered “Ksheeranna”(dessert made of rice and milk) in a hundred pots was fulfilled by the eleventh century vaishnava saint Sri Ramanujacharya. Her first wish which had not been fulfilled by any of the previous Vaishnava acharyas was fulfilled by Sri Rangadeshik Swamiji by constructing this temple where Sri Goda-Rangamannar reside as divya dampathi (divine couple).

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Sri Ranganatha Sannidhi

SriRangaji temple is one of the largest temple in the whole of North India. Its one of the very few temples in India, where regular festivals are celebrated and all the traditions and rituals are performed according to the prescribed Vedic norms. In SriRangaji temple one would find a unique mixture of both south and north Indian traditions.

In addition to celebrating all the festivals which are part of South Indian SriVaishnava temple tradition, several festivals which are part of the North tradition are also celebrated here. For example its only at SriRangaji temple where devotees can enjoy the pleasure of playing holi with the Lord during Sri Brahmotsav.

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Sri Rangaji in uriyadi alangaram

This temple is constructed in the South Indian Dravidian style. The construction of this temple began in 1845 and was completed in 1851, at the cost of 45 lakhs (4.5 million) rupees. It was built by Seth Radha Krishna and Seth Govindadasa of Chennai (Madras). This is the biggest temple in Vrindavana. The outer wall is 231m (770 ft) by 132m (440 ft). This wall encloses a nice tank and garden. This temple has eight South Indian style gopurams. The main entrance to this temple is the western gate. There is a six-storey (31m or 105 feet) gopuram, which is completely covered by carvings. There is an 18m (60 ft) high flag staff (dhwaja stamba).

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Temple tank

Text and images excerpted from:

http://www.vegetarian-restaurants.net/Vrindavana/Vrindavan/Ranganath-Rangajji.htm

http://www.srirangjimandir.org/

http://picasaweb.google.com/chandras3d/KrishnaAnubhavaYatra#

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