Name of the Temple
Sri Renganath Venugopal Temple
Period of origin
Before 1800 years
Name of deity
Moolavar: Sri Renganath Venugopal
Thayar: Bama and Rukumani
Sri ranganath venugopal Mandir, Pushkar, more popularly known as Purana Rangi mandir is one of the oldest temple complex in puskar town built on the inspiration of sri P.B.Anantachari maharaj of kancheepuram by seth puranmalji ganeriwal in 1844 A.D. and is located in the center of the town and on the north of the pushkar lake after the main brahma road.
Old Rangji temple complex is an outstanding combination of Dravidian (South Indian) temple Architecture and Rajasthan architecture. This complex is spread out over an area of about 90000 sq.feet.
After you enter the massive Rajathani style gates, you come across an outer prakar with lime and mortar road and painted walls of the inner temple. This area i.e. Outer prakaram has been open to foreign tourists since 1864 A.D. As inscribed on a marble plate before the entry into the main temple.
The Main entrance of the temple is incarnated by intricately carved Gopuram a distinct feature of the south Indian temple architecture and inside this Nijmandir stands the Golden Garuda, Dhwaja Stambha, representing the Garuda the vahan of Lord Vishnu, on the earliest mention of Garud, Dhawaja is to be found in the Besanagar inscriptions of the second century B.C., which says that a Garuda Dhawedaja was erected by halliodorus, a greek convert to vaishnavaism.
The Nij Mandir complex has three shrines on the main platform west of the garud dhwaja devoted to lord Krishna (known as lord venugopal in south india); Lord Rangnath of Srirangam; Sri Ramanujachariya and other alwars. On the two sides of this main Platform idols of goddess laxmiji and goddess godammaji and shri P.B. Anantachariji Maharaj are installed.
All the five shrines are surrounded by shikhars and the mandap in front of the platform is decorated by typical hindu style columns.
The entire Nij Mandir complex is enclosed by a fortified wall, decently decorated by cenotaph and jhrokas with frescoes paintings of rajputana style. This temple complex has been primarily decorated with extensive use of Frescoes painting which have been done on Aaraish plaster with natural vegetable pigment.
The Major Themes of the Painting and carving in the outer prakaram are religious and mythological stories. Such as Krishna leela. The romantic dance of life by lord Krishna and his gopis stories from Ramayana; the various vishnu avtars; sagar manthan etc.
Old rangji temple is the first temple of Ramanuja sampradaya of the shri vaisnav sect of Hindus from this temple the Ramanuja sampradaya spread into entire Rajasthan. Ramanuja Sampradaya was founded by Ramanujachariya who was born in 1016 A.D. in Bhotpuri,Tamil Nadu state and he preached his philosophy of “vishistadwait” in Srirangam.
The pooja and Rituals and Utsavas are performed as per the Pancharatra Vidhi of Vaishnav Sampradaya.
The Priests are all Dravida Brahmins from south india scince 1844 A.D. The Prasad is distributed twice a day in the morning and evening to all who are present without any distinction of cast or creed.
Pushkar is a sacred temple town situated at a distance of 12KM from Ajmer City, Rajasthan.
By Road: Ajmer city is well connected to important places of India. By Rail: The Ajmer city is well connected to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Chennai and other important places.
By Air: The nearest airport is Jaipur -138km
6.30 am to 8.30 pm
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Sri Renganath Venugopal Temple