Smack dab in the middle of Tamil Nadu in southern India is the city of Tiruchirappalli (say that three times fast), or Trichy (much easier to say, isn’t it?). It boasts several famous Hindu temples, including Sri Ranganathaswamy (You can say that three times fast, too, if you like.)
What you see is classic India: one part deep history of layered carvings and colorful paintings and another part everyday life of bicycles, shops, street stalls and kids trying to pronounce Audrey’s name.
Panorama: Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple Gates – Trichy, India
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Arguably the world’s largest functioning Hindu temple in the world, Sri Ranganathaswamy is vast. So take your time — and lots of water — to explore. Maybe you’ll join people eating at the Hall of 1,000 Pillars where thalis (trays of food) are distributed for a contribution, or perhaps you’ll meet a few families along the way.
Or maybe you’ll find an elephant giving blessings.
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