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Comparison between The Vishnu Temple of Srirangam and The Royal Abbey of St Denis People are in many respects unique animals they can create culture as no other animal can As an aspect of this culture they construct images for worship and admiration as well as icons for pleasure and practice The former represents religion and the latter art In the various expressions of religion such as rituals ceremonials shrines magical cults and worship art is necessarily included Both the temple and the cathedral represent a combination of religion and art and their roots go back to a very remote past in fact to the earliest stages of mens career on earth People have built temples and churches of different kinds and worshipped in them in some manner since that time The Temple of Srirangam is situated in the southern tip of India and is the largest temple complex in all India It is surrounded by seven rectangular enclosures a sacred symbolic number The temple has been enlarged many times over thousands of years and its original date of founding is unknown to archaeology It is being estimated that most of the temple complex standing today was constructed between the 14th and 17th centuries The Abbey of St Denis has originally been founded in the 7th century by the Frankish King Dagobert in honor of Denis the patron saint of France In the 12th Century a Benedictine monk named Suger started a renovation of the Carolingian Abbey Church that would turn out to be a major event in the history of architecture Gothic was born The Srirangam temple was meant for the welfare of the nation It preserved cultural and spiritual values among the masses This also meant emotional integration of the nation In short this temple was a sacred religious institution where all the faculties
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