The attached photographs are of us at the ancient Temple of Sri Ranganathaswamy at Jiyaguda in Hyderabad. Sri Ranganathaswamy is Lord Sri Maha Vishnu in a reclining posture. The idol of Sri Ranganathaswamy and that of his consort Sri Maha Laxmi, known here as Ranganayaki, and all other idols at this Temple are very beautiful and can be seen distinctly in a detailed video I provided at the bottom of this article.
This Temple is four centuries old, close to 450 years! Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple came up here because of the then Vanamamalai Jeeyar Swamy. At that time, when the Jeeyar Swamy visited the Golconda province (Hyderabad province), the authorities provided accommodation to the Swamy and his entourage along the banks of River Muchukunda (River Musi). As there cannot be an interruption to the Jeeyar Swamy’s daily pooja rituals to Sri Ranganathaswamy, an idol of the God was brought by the entourage and installed here and daily rituals performed. Subsequent to the departure of the Jeeyar Swamy, a Temple came up here for the idol and soon developed into what it is today. And as the Jeeyar Swamy camped here for some time, the place came to be known as Jeeyargudem and over the years the name got transformed into the present short form as Jiyaguda!
Vaikunta Ekadashi is the major celebration here and this coincides with the month long Dhanurmasam celebrations. All rituals at the Temple are performed according to Vaishnavite traditions. The temple is extraordinarily decorated with flowers, oil lamps, lights and huge idols of Gods for Vaikunta Ekadashi. Lakhs of devotees visit the Temple during these celebrations. This year’s Dhanurmasam is from 16th December 2014 to 13th January 2015, and Vaikunta Ekadashi is on 1st January 2015.
There are also Temples of Lord Sri Hanuman and Navagrahalu in the premises of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple. On normal days the Temple is open from 6:00 am to 12:00 Noon and from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.