Place name: Rangasthala
Type: Historical place
Country: India (Karnataka Tourist Spot)
Location: 60 km from Bangalore, Chikkaballapur
About the place: Rangasthala is one of the tourist spot in Karnatka. The Rangasthala temple appears magnificent from outside, resembling the temples built during the Vijayanagar period. But now the interior part has been renovated recently and the beauty seems to be faded.
This is a Saligrama Moorthy and Prathistai was done by Saptharishi. The Moorthys at Srirangapatna, Srirangam and Srirangapatna all were installed on the same day and on the same time.
The Praharam and Gopuram which are found outside the temple were constructed by the Vijayanagara Kings. Surrounding Praharam is the Garbhagriham, which is built in the form of a Bamboo Basket ( Moongil Thathu in Tamil ,Sibir Thate in Kannada).
The idol of Ranganatha is four and half feet in length with Bhoo and Neela Devi sitting near the leg. Lord is in Yoga Nidra and his Shesha is spreading his five hoods like a Umbrella and nitheyan sitting below.
Sapthrishis ,Brahma, Ashta Dhikbalakas, Rambha ,Urvashi ,Pancha Ayudham's etc can be found on the wall. The Moorthy is very beautiful and appears to be in a very relaxed state.
Best time to visit: During the Brahma Ustavam which is celebrated in the Month of December. If you observe the Lord During the Thirumanjanam he looks very beautiful.
The Temple Timings are Daily Morning 8.00 Am to 11.00 Pm and Evening 5.30 Pm to 8.30 Pm.
How to reach: Travel towards Chikkaballapur. Once you Chikkaballapur ask for Bus stand / Gauribidanur road then if you travel 5 kms on Gauribidanur road on Right handside you will find the Sign board Rangasthala take a right turn and travel till dead end of the road.