While travelling to Srirangapatna, tourists 'must visit' Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, which was constructed in the 9th century by the Gangas. It is counted among the largest temples that were later improved by the kings of Vijayanagar and Hoysala dynasties. Dedicated to Lord Ranganatha, a form of Lord Vishnu, the temple is known as one of the Pancharanga Kshetrams.
This temple enshrines the statue of the smiling Lord, which is engraved out of black stone. The idol, located in the garbagriha, shows the deity sleeping on Anantha, the snake. Beautiful pillars showing 24 forms of Lord Vishnu are lined up around the temple, which adds to the appeal of the monument. The inner walls of this temple have been adorned with various images of Lord Srinivasa as well as Panchmukha Anjaneya.
Counted among the largest temples of Karnataka, this shrine has a mahadwara with a massive tower and pillared hall, which was constructed in three or four stages. Tourists can visit this temple on the auspicious Sakranthi, when one lac lamps are lit that is known as Lakhadweepotsava. The temple is open throughout the year and puja timings are 8 to 9.30 am and 7 to 8 pm.