Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, in Srirangam, bagged the UNESCO Asia Pacific Award Of Merit 2017 for Cultural Heritage Conservation.
Out of about 42 applicants from 43 countries all over the world, the temple now has become the first temple in Tamil Nadu to be honored by this prestigious award by the UN body. The application was sent by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment (HR&CE) this year in May.
Situated on an islet between Cauvery and Kollidam rivers the temple is the largest temple in India and one of the largest religious complexes in the world. It has 7 prakaras and 21 towers, including the 236 feet high Rajagopuram.
The Sriramgam temple, as told by the legends, is one of the eight self-manifested shrines of Lord Vishnu, and one of the most important of the 108 main Vishnu temples.
On a side note, the famous Christ Church in Mumbai and The Royal Bombay Opera House are the other historic monuments, besides the temple, that received the Award of Merit by UNESCO this year.