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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45 Responses

  1. Amazing Temple tower – glad it is still standing! How lovely to see it in both lights – in daylight to appreciate the colours on the tower and at dusk it looks quite different!
    Glad to have found your blog, thanks for visiting mine!
    Little Wandering Wren x

  2. Icy BC says:

    What an incredible temple! It looks so grand!

  3. ladyfi says:

    Gorgeous shots – love the pink tinge in the last photo.

  4. Who lives up there? It is magnitude.

  5. Gattina says:

    What an extremely beautiful building ! Never seen in my life !

  6. George says:

    This is a very impressive tower. The colorful details are amazing. I really like your evening picture from earlier this year.

  7. TexWisGirl says:

    wow, those colors!

  8. it never ceases to amaze me how detailed all these temples are. incredible craftsmanship.

  9. Pallavi says:

    Such beautiful architecture. The gopuram looks so regal as it stands out against the bright blue sky.

  10. eileeninmd says:

    Indrani, the temple is beautiful! The carvings and details are just amazing. Thanks for sharing, have a happy weekend!

  11. Carver says:

    The tower is very beautiful.

  12. Sylvia K says:

    An amazing and beautiful tower it is indeed, Indrani, and your captures are superb as always! I would so love to visit there!! Hope you have a great weekend! Enjoy!

  13. Karen says:

    Beautiful in lavender light!

  14. Truly beautiful, wonderful post and awesome pics.

  15. Shaivi says:

    World's' tallest gopuram! Wow! Magnificent!

  16. Wow… that is really beautiful. And the setting sun does cast a beautiful colour on the gopuram.

  17. Just Amazing Structures.. 😀

  18. I am amazed how much of tiny but important details you collect and incorporate in your post.I refer in particular to the mention of the contribution of the pontiff of Ahobilla mutt.
    Hats off to you.

  19. afanja says:

    Wonderful shots of that impressive temple tower.
    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

  20. Joyful says:

    Really nice pics. I like the colour in both.

  21. Joop Zand says:

    Nice shots Indrani……wonderful temple.

  22. Gorgeous! The colours look so different in the both photos because of the different light.

  23. Amazing architectural temple and well capture..
    Nice post…

  24. Anna says:

    Such a gorgeous Gopuram, Indrani!
    All those colors… love it very much…
    Nice weekend and warm greetings, Anna :-))

  25. Great angle shots of beautiful buildings ~ thanks, carol, xxx

    thanks for commenting on my blog also ~

  26. Barb says:

    A skyscraper temple! Lovely shot at dusk.

  27. Antonina says:

    Amazing shot,wonderful architekture!
    Enjoy the weekend.

  28. That's a breath-taking edifice.

  29. DeniseinVA says:

    Wow, what an amazing temple. The architecture is impressive!

  30. what a beautiful architecture!! Just Awesome. Love both the pictures.

  31. u went twice there ! for a pic? nice click as always 🙂

  32. Handsome structure but what a shame there are cracks in it already!

  33. Temple kopurams are always special and powerful. I like the sculptures and am in awe of many such kopurams 🙂

  34. I have went to srirangam !!!!! I have seen this.Superb click mam!!!!

  35. Second pic is beautifully shot ….just love the architecture and stories of temples of india which makes them unique from one another 🙂

  36. Imagine, every inch of these 243 meters was chiseled with hands, without the fancy tools of today. Incredible !

  37. Viola says:

    WoW! a tall and beautiful temple! reaching up to the blue skies! 🙂

  38. Temple construction is always wonderful in TN.Great clicks and details!

  39. Great photos, like a skycraper.

  40. Majestic! Nice shots.

  41. Down south they say Building a gopuram and bringing up a child are similar !!

    You cannot afford mistakes !!

    Beautiful shots !! I was left wowing !!

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