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Srirangapatna is a small town in Karnataka, India. It has immense historical and religious importance with its rather interesting mix of tourist attractions like temples, tombs, military warehouses and palaces.

The town Srirangapatna gets its name from the Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple built by the Ganga dynasty in the 9th century.

The Temples In Srirangapatna are the most popular tourist attractions of this tiny town. Situated 18 km from Mysore town, this little gem is a perfect spot to explore architectural marvels of the Hoysala and Vijayanagar styles.

Temples like Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple (also known as Big Temple), Lord Venkateshwara Swamy Temple or Balaji temple and Lakshmi Narasimha temple are well worth visiting if you want to explore the rich history of this place.

The Western Ganga Dynasty established the town in 849, and it has served as a base for various empires throughout history.

These rulers left their mark on the town in a variety of ways. Palaces, temples, tombs and military warehouses can all be found in Srirngapatna.

Though the temples have religious importance, they are also architectural gems straight out of the past.

If you're spiritual or a fan of ancient architecture, these temples in Srirangapatna are the perfect place for you.

The four temples in Srirangapatna are particularly worth visiting for those who love temple culture.

1) Sri RanganathaSwamy Temple

Sri RanganathaSwamy Temple - Temples In Srirangapatna
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The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is one of the most well-known and captivating Hindu temples in the world. 

In the heart of Srirangapatna, this temple is revered as the world's largest functioning Hindu temple and hosts the most visitors in India.

It is also known by other names with religious and historical importance, such as Thiruvaranga Tirupati, Periyakoil, Bhogamandabam.

Ranganathaswamy Temple, one of Srirangapatna's beautifully carved temples, is located in the southwestern state of Karnataka, India.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Ranganatha, an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu. The temple is surrounded by the River Cauvery, creating beautiful scenery.

The town's main attraction is the ghats on the river,, and many locals come here for a dip before entering the temple. It's important to take your shoes off, as this area is so holy.

Sri Ranganathaswamy temple in Srirangapatna is considered important as per Hinduism, one of the five most sacred shrines for Lord Vishnu.

Srirangapatna is a popular place of attraction with its rich history and diverse tourist attractions. It falls under the Archeological Survey of India.

2) Nimishamba Temple

“Nimisha,” meaning minute, Goddess who resides in this temple and petitions her devotees for their wishes to be granted in a minute.

Nimishamba is a form of Goddess Parvathi. It is located on the banks of the Kaveri river.

The temple was built in the time of Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar around 400 years ago.

There is a Sree Chakra imprinted in stone. It is placed in front of the Goddess. Nimishambha temple has a small entrance tower that is 7 stories high.

The temple is 2 km from Srirangapatna, 125 kilometres from Bengaluru, and 17 kilometres from Mysore.

If you want to visit this place, you can get here by taking the KSRTC buses from Mysore and Bengaluru. You can also drive here in your car.

6:30 AM to 8:30 PM. The temple opens at 4:30 AM on special occasions.

The temple is open to visitors from 4:30 AM until 8:00 PM.

3) Kshanambika Temple

This temple is one of the oldest temples in Srirangapatna, Karnataka State, India. The temple is also known as Jyothirmaheshwara Temple and Vedhanayaki Temple.

Kshanambhika is more powerful than Nimishmbha because she can make the devotees' wishes come true in a second.

Upon entering the gate of this temple, one might be surprised to see a large temple quadrangle and on the right-hand side stands the main temple called Kshanambika Sri Chakaradevi.

On the same property as the Kshanambika temple is Sri Dandapani Subramanyeshwara's shrine; next to that is Sri Jyotirmaheshwara Swamy temple.

Sri Chakra's uniqueness in Srirangapatna is the beejaksharas or seed syllables are carved on the Sri Chakra.

Just 4 km from here is the Nimishamba Devi temple, just a short walk, and it provides blessings and boons for visitors in less than a minute.

Many other points of interest, such as a beautiful statue of Gayatri Devi, are placed in front of the Subramanyeshwara shrine.

4) Karigirivasa Temple

Srirangapatna is not just a small town with historical and religious importance, but it has astonishing views worth checking out.

One of the ancient temples in Srirangapatna is Karigirivasa. Karighatta means 'black hill' in Kannada.

The temple devoted to Srinivasa, a form of Vishnu, is located atop Karighatta hill. One of the ancient temples has an idol called the bairagi Venkataraman.

The deity idol is carved from black stone. The temple has several interesting features worth visiting. For example, on one side is the shrine of goddess Padmavati, consort to Lord Srinivasa.

A statue of Lord Vishnu's vehicle, Garuda, faces the main temple, and there is a Garudasthamba in front.

Devotees have to climb about 450 steps carved into the hill from the base. They make it to a flat hilltop that has the temple at the top of it.

There is a nearby viewpoint that offers spectacular views of the island town and the river Kaveri.

The city known by numerous names situated at the bank of River Ganga, calls the world out with its ‘Banarasi Paan’, fine silk-sarees, the richness of nature and culture, and heritage of eras long. Responding to its call, here is a quick picture to the holy land of VARANASI a.k.a Banaras or Kashi.

“It was a new experience. So peaceful and such friendly people.
Met other travellers, talked to them. I found a group of musicians, practising flute there. Sat for one hour listening to them, it was extraordinarily beautiful.

Visit Assi Ghat, at 5 am in the morning. They don’t use loud speakers that time, rather group of school kids chant Vaidik Mantras. It is mesmerizing.”

Prajay Jain

“The city of light, celebrating both life and death. Aah! such an enlightening place to be at! It is an epitome of social harmony. Lost myself in the Ganga Aarti. You must visit the place once in your lifetime!”

Anand Pandey

A 3-day holy adventure

How to reach Varanasi?

men's yellow traditional dress

The city is connected by rail, road and air to all the parts of the country. Choose your mode of commute according to your convenience. We will be starting our journey from Bangalore, and thus, shall travel via flight.

It is better to reach Varanasi either before evening(attend ganga aarti the same day) or at night ( all set for the sunset in the morning).Its a place you can travel with your family, and feel enlightened and pious.

For an enthralling experience, best visit Kashi in November/December. 

Let us begin discovering the symphonies of Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world.

DAY 1

Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat

man raising gold-colored trophy

As we reached Varanasi in the afternoon, after checking into the hotel, we decided to attend the Evening Aarti at the main ghat of Banaras which is located near the Vishwanath Temple (approximately 500 metres from the ghat, walkable, isn’t it?).

The Ganga Aarti’s starting time is approximately 06:45 p.m., although it actually starts at 07:00 p.m. It lasts for about 45 mins, and oh what an Aarti! You feel lost and devoted within only a few mins of standing there, either at the ghat, or in the boats by the waterside.

The devotees usually gather 90 mins in advance before the Aarti starts, after witnessing it, I know why. You must witness the beauty and sanctity of the Ganga Aarti at least once in your lifetime, and thus, must travel to Kashi.

Miss outs - 

The day we arrived at Varanasi in November, there was  a concert by Kailash Kher, yes the legendary singer, at Assi Ghat. Apparently we missed out on the show, as right after the Aarti, we head back to our hotel to get some sleep.

Only after a few hours of the glamorous evening, we would be heading to the Assi ghat in the morning, only to find it a lot more peaceful and happening in its own way.
Takeaway : It is a happening place. 

Day 2

Ghats

A visit to ghats at 05:00 a.m. in the morning in the month of November is an incomparable experience.

black boat on body of water near city buildings during daytime

An early-morning boat ride to witness the sunrise is one of the major attractions of Varanasi, as probably you must have seen in the famous bollywood movie ‘Laaga Chunari mein Daag”.

You indeed want to just fly off in the blue blue sky. The boat will make you traverse all the major ghats nearby, starting from Raj ghat, travelling to  Dashashwamedh ghat, Manikarnika ghat, Harishchandra ghat, Shivala ghat, Assi ghat and some other major ghats.

The city is known to have 88 ghats in total.

The old city

Best way to explore Banaras is on foot. After the sunrise and a visit to the ghats, a travel to the Kashi Vishwanath temple or Golden temple is a must.

Being one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, it is one of the most beautiful temples in Varanasi. The temple is situated at an approximately 3 kms of distance from the Assi Ghat. Plan your commute accordingly.

You will also not want to miss out on the Banarasi Pan and Sarees (if applicable :P) while discovering the cultural richness of the city. You can also get pretty decent “jhumkas” here, just saying.

So, shop, walk, explore the lovely old city, as old as 3000 years to be specific.

Sarnath

After having an appetizing Varanasi breakfast, which shall undoubtedly include sizzling Jalebis, our journey advances to Sarnath, 10 kms from Varanasi.

Sarnath is where Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment in Bodh Gaya.

When you come across layers of rocks structured in an organized manner as if are seats for individuals to watch an ancient show, you know you are at Dhamek Stupa, the exact place where the sermon commenced.

You shall also be able to see the remains of the Ashoka Pillar at Sarnath, the same pillar on the National Emblem of India, yes. Do not forget to pay a visit to the Sarnath Deer Park (Archaeological and excavation area), and other Buddhism edifices. 

Note : Filming is not allowed inside the Archaeological Museum.

Manikarnika Ghat

At night time, get ready for a visit to the Manikarnika Ghat to witness hindu-cremation. It is the place where eternal flames keep burning to light the fire for the cremation of the bodies. It is believed that dead human's soul finds salvation when cremated here. 

Not to self :- Touts ask you for money to donate for cremation woods- don’t fall for this. Don't photograph there, don't entertain strangers.

Interesting fact: This ghat is one of the oldest ghat and people come to feel inner peace and to understand the cycle of life and death.

DAY 3 

We attempted on making the third day filled with religious tours, mostly of the temples.

Starting with the Tulsi Manas Mandir which is a mesmerizing temple, with Ramcharitmanas written on some of its walls, we begin our peaceful journey.

Sankat Mochan Temple is one of the other important temples you would want to visit. The place was established by Tulsidas and is a Hanuman Temple, as is evident from the name.

Other famous temples you might want to visit are Bharat Mata Mandir, Shri Durga Temple, Baba Kaal Bhairav Temple etc.

The Mosque at the Panchganga ghat is also somewhere you might want to go.

So that is how we are done for the day, but quite not. Let yourself immerse in the sanctity of this place. Even if you are not religious, the city provides you with, what I might call ‘Holy peace’.

If you have more time, take a dive in river Ganga, finish the last sip of the amazing chai, drool over the jhumkas, oh the jhumkas! Also, don’t forget to visit the ghats for one last time.

Just with that want of being there, to be able to come back, to experience the warmth and beauty of the 3000 year old city, Banaras. Or would you still call it Varanasi?

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