The Ranganathar Temple is located in the Kanchipuram region and is dedicated to God Vishnu. The Tiruparkadal Ranganatha temple is the twin of Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal temple. Here, God Vishnu is found in a reclined pose. The highlight of the temple is the main deity, which is made up of Atti tree wood. The idol looks exemplarily unique and beautiful. God Vishnu is seen reclining on Aadhi Sesha, the five faced serpentine, along with his consorts, Sri Devi and Boo Devi, also with Brahma. All these idols are made of wood. The temple is not too big. There are two separate shrines for Hanuman and Garuda. Azhwar idols are also present here. The idol of the Goddess is Ranganayaki. She looks stunningly amazing. It's said that when Brahma was doing yagna, his wife Saraswati took the form of a river and tried to destroy the yagna. Based on the request from Brahma, God Vishnu lied across the river and stopped from proceeding further. A similar story is associated with Yathodkari temple of Kancheepuram too. Also it is believed that Chitra Gupta, the assistant of Yama, visits this shrine regularly.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Freedom from diseases
- Relief from adverse effects from bad planetary aspects
- Relief from bondage
Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey
Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.
Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum
Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.
Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram
Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.
Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami
Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.
6 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.