Rajagopuram, Srirangam, Tamil Nadu

Yet another famous Gopuram of Srirangam is the Rajagopuram (the royal temple tower). It is the latest addition to the centuries old temple. The construction commenced in May 1979 and was completed in March 1987. This Rajagopuram is famous because it holds the record of being the tallest Gopuram in the world. Wiki mentions its height at 243 meters. Rajagopuram rises from the base area of around 32500 sq ft, moving up in eleven progressively smaller tiers. You can see the list of tallest Gopurams here.

This picture was taken on 1st Jan 2010.

This tower is realization of the dream of the 44th pontiff of Srimad Azhagiya Singar Swamil. At least 200 workers toiled day and night for nearly eight years to construct the temple tower. It was constructed on top of a stone base that is about 300 years old. Cracks have appeared in the structures, the officials say there is nothing alarming as yet. These tall structures are reviewed from time to time for safety.

 I took this capture in the final hours of 28th Oct 2013.

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