© Trustees of the British Museum | Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
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Untitled (The shrine of Shri Ranganathasvami at the core of the Srirangam complex)

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Opaque watercolour painting of the shrine of Shri Ranganathasvami at the core of the Srirangam complex. The image, on the golden roof of the main shrine, is of Viṣṇu Paravasudeva. At the gate of the inner sanctuary are two Dvarapalas (door guardians), Bhadra and Subhadra; near them are two empty niches which should house the characteristic attributes of the god, Shankhanidhi and Padmanidhi, the personified conch and lotus respectively. Inside is the image of the two-armed Shri Ranganathasvami reclining on his right side against the coils of Shesha. Floating in the air nearby is Vibhishana. At the front, close to the threshold of the sanctuary, is the golden processional image of the god, Alagiyamanavala, ‘the handsome bridegroom’, flanked by his consorts, the goddesses Śrī Devi and Bhu Devi, who accompany him on all ceremonial occasions. Various vessels are placed opposite the processional images. At the top of the page are three further significant religious landmarks: the temples dedicated to Ranganayaki (a form of Śrī Devi, at top left), Kodandarama (top right) and the Chandra Pushkarini tank.

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Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Tamil Nadu, India

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