Rangasthala is located on the way to Gauribidanur from Chikkaballapur. The main attraction of Rangasthala is a beautiful temple of lord Ranganatha (lord Visnu).
The idols of lord Ranganatha at Rangastla, Srirangam and Srirangapatna were installed on same day and same time. The temple architecture is in Vijayanagar style. Outside Gopuram was constructed by Vijayanagara Kings. The garbhagriha looks like shape of a Bamboo Basket.
It is believed that Lord Rama presented the idol of lord Ranganatha in Bamboo basket to Vibhishana during the Patabhisheka of Lord Rama. Vibhishana was supposed to install this idol at Srirangam, but saptarishis (saints) asked Vibhishana to install this idol of Lord Ranganatha with Bhoo devi and Neela Devi at Rangasthala. So the Lord appears as if he is in Bamboo basket.
The idol of Ranganatha is 4.5 feet in length with Bhoo devi and Neela Devi sitting near the leg. Lord is in Yoga Nidra and his Shesha is spreading his five hoods like a Umbrella. And Vainatheyan is sitting below.
Like other vishnu temple, the temple at Rangasthala also has idols of Lord Chakrath Alwar, Ramanuja, Desikan and a beautiful and rare Vigraham of Nam Alwar.
Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple
The Temple Timings are Daily Morning 8 AM to 11 AM and Evening 5.30 PM to 8.30 PM
HOW TO REACH RANGASTHALA:
By Air: Bangalore International Airport
By Rail: Chikkaballapur
By Road: You can reach Rangasthala temple on the way to Gauribidanur from Chikkaballapur. If you travel just 5km from Chikkaballapur on Gauribidanur Road, then you will find the Sign board to Rangasthala and take a right turn and travel till dead end.