On the island-town of Srirangam is the huge Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple. This temple built around 13th and 14th century has 21 magnificent towers around it. These towers are in four directions and one in the South is 236 feet is tall. It is said that from the top of this tower one can see coast of Sri Lanka.
In the temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, apart from the main shrine there are several mandapams, tanks and mini shrines in the temple complex. This temple was initially built by rulers of Chola dynasty. It was further developed by rulers of Vijaynagar and Nayaks.
There are several pillars in the temple with sculptures similar to huge horses with warriors on them. The details on no two pillars are identical. Even at the base of the pillars are several carvings.
There are many more carvings in the temple, each depicting their own tale.
This carving on the side of one of the pillars, depicts Vishnu's incarnation as the man-lion. Here Lord is tearing apart demon with his hands to save his devotee from the daemon.