(Last Updated on : 05-12-2015)
Sri Rangam Temple is located at Tiruchy and the deity worshipped here is Vishnu.
'Ranga Vimanam' the chariot of Lord Vishnu was installed here. Ikshavahu the descendent of Surya, the Sun god performed penance in order to obtain the Ranga Vimanam to install it in a temple in Ayodya. Garuda, the mount of Lord Vishnu, delivered the Ranga Vimanam to Ikshavahu. The people of Ayodya thus venerated and worshipped this Ranga Vimanam for centuries until Lord Vishnu himself was born as Rama in Ayodya as heir to the Surya dynasty.
Vibishana arrived near Kaveri River in the South and wanted to perform his daily pooja. He gave the Ranga Vimanam to a boy standing nearby with instructions not to put it on the ground. He got into the river for his ablution and when he came out he found that the boy had put the Ranga Vimanam on the ground. He tried to lift it but failed to move it. He became distraught and prayed to Lord Vishnu who appeared and told him that He wished that the Ranga Vimanam stayed at that spot. The King on learning this requested Vibishana to install the Ranga Vimanam on that spot and perform the 'Adhi Brahmotsava' thereby consecrating that place. He built a very large temple to house the Ranga Vimanam and called the deity Lord Sri Ranganathar.