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Lakshadeepotsava at Srirangapatna's Ranganathaswamy Temple

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ETHEREAL BEAUTY: Over one lakh lamps were lit on the main road to Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangapatana as part of Lakshadeepotsava. PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
ETHEREAL BEAUTY: Over one lakh lamps were lit on the main road to Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangapatana as part of Lakshadeepotsava. PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

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The oil lamps dazzled in the dark and cast a spell on the devotees

MYSORE: The temple of Sri Ranganathaswamy at Srirangapatana came alive in brilliant hues on Sunday as devotees lit over one lakh lamps as part of Lakshadeepotsava.

An ancient practice, Lakshadeepotsava is normally held on the occasion of Makara Sankranti but was postponed by a day this year to meet the rigours of astronomical specifications.

The ancient temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu attracted a large number of devotees in the day and the numbers swelled in the evening for the event.

As the brilliance of the daylight began to fade and the sun set casting a light hue on the temple towers, the oil lamps dazzled in the dark and cast a spell on the devotees. The backdrop of the soaring temple towers, the fading light during the dusk and the subtle hue of the one lakh oil lamps to the accompaniment of Vedic chants in the background, created a unique spectacle whose beauty bordered on the surrealistic.

The approach road to the temple is nearly 400 metres in length and the entire stretch was lit with lamps and the imposing temple tower appeared to fade and recede into the background.

Devotees had a holy dip in the Cauvery that gently flows near the temple before lighting lamps and having a darshan of the Lord at the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. The Lord is reclining on Adisesha and has been worshipped by the legendary sage Gautama.

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