Wednesday, August 15, 2007
All this talk about Sarangapani Sannidhi Street, where Ramanujan worked his math, made me think of Ramanujan when I visited Sarangapani temple this time. I was in the middle of reading the book, when I visited Mr. Amudhan (name of central Deity of the temple) this time. This is a really huge temple and it was a genuine challenge to try and capture the really mammoth gopuram in the camera. Some time you wonder, how those people had the imagination to build such large temples. The interesting thing is; if you go inside the temple, the main 'sannidhi' of Saranga is constructed in such a way as if it rests on a Chariot. There are wheels made of stone that are built in the sides of the walls, which make it look as if the whole structure could be mobile if it wanted to. In my estimate this (roughly about 1.5 times that of Thirupathi) would be easily among the top 3 biggest temples in Kumbakonam, if not the biggest. It was certainly beautiful. Click on the picture to really get a perspective of the size of the gopuram and the "miniature" carvings in it.