Trichy is a traditional town located on the banks of the Holy river Cauvery. With a population of over nine lakh people, the city enjoys tropical weather around the year.Trichy is also a land of endless flavors where pilgrim centers and historical landmarks still sing its classical fervor. These monuments boast thousands of years of history, glorifying ancient Vedic civilizations that find mention even in Puranas and Itihasas.
Noted for its architectural symbols, Trichy has several places that highlight its historical significance. One can also see Pallava era sculptures inside the temple sanctum of the city’s iconic Rock fort.Trichy has been an agricultural hub of Tamil Nadu with its fertile alluvial soil. It is also an outstanding industrial and educational center of the state. Geographically located at the heart of Tamil Nadu, Trichy links major cities and towns with its fast-growing infrastructure.
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, famously called as BHULOKA VAIKUNTAM is located within an island-like formation created by the streams of Cauvery and Kollidam. The temple enshrines the renowned deity of Lord Vishnu, Sri Ranganathar in lying posture. Puranas declare Srirangam as one of those rare places where the Lord of Vaikunta personally resides with His consorts and Associates.
Located majestically on the banks of the Holy River Cauvery, Srirangam is the foremost of 108 Divya Desams (Holy Shrines of Vishnu). Remarkably, it is also the largest functioning Hindu temple in the World. One of the most celebrated Acharya of Sri Vaishnavism, Srimad Ramanuja, chose Srirangam as the pivot to spread his Bhakti movement.
ISKCON has established a modest temple, a center for Vedic heritage, at the foothills of Ponmalai. Since 2014, Sri Krishna Balarama, Parama Karuna Sri Sri Nitai Gaurachandra), the presiding deities of the temple are showering their blessings upon devotees in and around this area.Lord Krishna is residing eternally in Srirangam as Sri Ranganathaswamy.
According to the legend, Arjuna received bountiful treasures from several kings of this region for conducting Rajasuya Yajna in Hastinapura. And as he found it difficult to move all the treasures to Hastinapura in one go, he placed a single rock hill atop them to keep them safe. Ponmalai is said to be the same hill moved by Arjuna to protect his treasure. From the foothill of this Ponmalai, we want to give away the greatest of all treasures Arjuna got from Krishna, “Srimad Bhagavad Gita,” to the people of Trichy and pilgrims visiting Srirangam.
With the blessings of ISKCON’s Founder-Acharya, HDG Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, ISKCON Trichy is eager to raise a Sanctum Sanctorum commemorating the great Scripture Srimad Bhagavad Gita, spoken by Lord Krishna who is none other than Sriranganatha swamy to the great devotee Arjuna who visited this spot where ISKCON is situated now .
We sincerely hope that pious residents of Trichy would come forward and assist in building a temple for Them at the foothills of Ponmalai and engage themselves in the Vaak Seva of Sri Ranganathaswamy, by helping to spread the knowledge of Bhagavad Gita.