Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Rangasthala, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur, Karnataka.
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Rangasthala is situated near Chikkaballapura at a distance of around 59 kms from Bangalore. Rangasthala is situated on the way to Gauribidanur from Chikkaballapur (6 km). The main attraction of Rangasthala is a beautiful temple of Lord Ranganatha Swamy (lord Visnu).

Yali pillars at Ranganatha temple, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.
Yali pillars at Ranganatha temple, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.

There is a village called Thippenahalli where you find a gate (arch) with signboard of Rangasthala Temple, here you have to take the right turn. This place is popular among the locals so anybody can show the directions.

This is one of the oldest temples in Bangalore. Rangasthala is a wonderful example of art, the architecture will take you to the time gone by and the ruins of the place include the beauty of the place. A lot of the old architectures are overlapped with the new construction. But, the temple still wonderfully protects Sri Ranganatha Swamy of Ranganatha. The place is great for day trips.

Main Entrance of the Temple, Rangasthala, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.
Main Entrance of the Temple, Rangasthala, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.

The idols of lord Ranganatha at Rangastla, Srirangam and Srirangapatna were installed on same day and same time. The temple architecture is in Vijayanagar style. The Gopuram outside the temple was built by Vijayanagara Kings.

Pillers at Rangasthala Temple, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.
Pillers at Rangasthala Temple, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.

The garbhagriha of the temple appears similar to the form of a Bamboo Basket used in the village side. If you closely observe you can observe as if the garbhagriham is in the shape of a Bamboo Basket (Moongil Thathuin Tamil ,Sibir Thate in Kannada). People used to belive that Lord Rama offered the idol of lord Ranganatha (Lord Vishnu) in a Bamboo basket to Vibhishana (Brother of Ravana) during the Patabhisheka of Lord Rama.

Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Rangasthala, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.
Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Rangasthala, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.

Vibhishana was supposed to install this idol at Srirangam, but saptarishis (Saints) asked Vibhishana to install this idol of Lord Ranganatha with Bhoo devi and Neela Devi at Rangasthala. So the Lord appears as if he is in a Bamboo basket.

Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Rangasthala, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.
Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Rangasthala, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.

The idol of Ranganatha is 4.5 feet in length with Bhoo devi and Neela Devi sitting near the leg. Lord is in Yoga Nidra and his Shesha (Lord Vishnus Snake) is spreading his hoods like an umbrella and Vainatheyan is sitting below.

Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Rangasthala, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.
Entrance of the Temple, Rangasthala, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.

Like all other Vishnu temples, the temple at Rangasthala also has idols of Lord Chakrath Alwar, Ramanuja, Desikan and a beautiful and rare Vigraham of Nam Alwar.

Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Rangasthala, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.
Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Rangasthala, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.

In the wall there are Sapthrishis ,Brahma, Ashta Dhikbalakas, Rambha ,Urvashi ,Pancha Ayudham's etc. And it appears as if Lord is in Vaikunta and he is surrounded by all the gods. And All Devatha's etc they are doing Namaskaram to Lord.

Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Rangasthala, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.
Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Rangasthala, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.

The moorthy (ideol) is very beautiful and moorthy (ideol) looks as if Lord is in relaxed state. There is a majestic Ustava Moorthy with Ubhaya Nachiyars.

Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Rangasthala, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.
Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Rangasthala, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.

There are Vigraham's of Lord Chakrath Alwar, Ramanuja , Desikan and a beautiful and rare Vigraham of Nam Alwar. There are two ponds known as Shanka and Chakra Theertham respectively we cannot compare temple here and Srirangam and Srirangapatana but the temple and Moorthy is very beautiful. The Brahma Ustavam is celebrated in the Month of December. The best time to observe (Darshan) the Lord is during Thirumanjanam.

Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Rangasthala, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.
Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Rangasthala, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.

Lord Ranganatha Swamy (lord Visnu) is a Saligrama Moorthy and Saptharishi did the Prathistai (installed). Outside praharam and Gopuram etc were constructed by Vijayanagara Kings. There is a praharam around garbhagriha.

Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Rangasthala, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.
Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Rangasthala, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.

Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Rangasthala, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.
Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Rangasthala, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.

Tourist Info

Address:-
Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Rangasthala, Post - Thippanahalli , District - Chikkaballapur , Karnataka, India.
Timings:-
The Temple Timings are Daily Morning 8 AM to 11 AM and Evening 5.30 PM to 8.30 PM
Distance:-
59 km North of Bangalore
By Road: -

First Reach Yelahanka in Bangalore, then Travel towards Chikkaballapur , then once you reach Chikkaballapur ask for Bus stand / Gauribidanur road Then if you travel 6 kms on Gauribidanur road on Right hand side you will find the Arch gate with Sign board Rangasthala take a right turn and travel till dead end

Airport: -
Kempagowda (Bangalore) International Airport
Rail Station : -
Chikkaballapur Station
Route:-

NH7 to Chikkaballapur cross > Chikkaballapur > Gauribidanur road > right turn at Rangasthala Urch > Drive till deadend.

When to go:-
All year around. The Brahma Ustavam is celebrated in the Month of December. The best time to observe (Darshan) the Lord is during Thirumanjanam.
Tourist offices:-
Main Booking Office & Tour Starting Point:
Opp. Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Office, N.R. Square,
Bangalore 560 002
Tel:080-4334 4334, 4334 4337, 089706 50070 (6.00 am to 8.30pm)
Fax: 080-4334 4353
Email: enquiry@karnatakaholidays.net

Karnataka Tourism
No 49, Khanjia Bhavan, 2nd Floor, Near-Vittal Mallya Road, St Marks Road, Bangalore, Karnataka 560001
080 2235 2828

Where to stay :-

Chickballapur.

Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Rangasthala, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.
Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Rangasthala, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.

View from the back side , Rangasthala, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.
View from the back side , Rangasthala, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.

Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Rangasthala, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.
Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Rangasthala, Thippanahalli, Chikkaballapur.

 
 
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