Diety: Ranganatha

Lord Ranganatha is a form of Vishnu and his temples are found in various part of India, including Srirangam & Srirangapatnam. Both these places are islands carved out by the river Cauvery when it forks into two. Legends date this temple as coming into existence during the time of Ramayana itself. There is also literature from the Alwars dating the temple back to over 1000 years.
Great composers have composed master pieces on Lord Ranganatha. There are compositions on Shrirangam by Oothukkadu Venkata Kavi, Thyagaraja, Muthuswamy Dikshitar, the Tanjore Quartet & Margadarshi Shesha Iyengar and others. Thyagaraja has composed the Shriranga Pancharatna Kritis, a set of 5 compositions. Oothukkadu Venkata Kavi has composed the Ranganatha Manisham Vande and Ranganatha Panchakam, a set of shlokas. The slow masterpieces include Muthuswamy Dikshitar’s Ranganayakam & Rangapuravihara and Thyagaraja’s O-Rangashayee.
The Paduka Sahasram by Vedanta Deshika, a beautiful set of 1008 shlokas on the glories of the Lord’s Padukas (sandals) of the Lord Ranganatha. The story goes that these shlokas were composed overnight by Vedanta Deshika in response to another local poet’s 10 verses of Shlokas on the crown of the Lord Ranganatha.

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