Located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, Sree Padmanabhaswamy features an intricate fusion of the Kerala style and the Dravidian style of architecture.This temple features high walls, and a 16th-century Gopuram, lending it a unique architectural significance.Upto some extent, the temple is a replica of the Adikesava Perumal temple located in Kanyakumari District.
The principal deity Vishnu is enshrined in the "Anantha Shayanam" posture, the eternal yogic sleep on the serpent Adisheshan. Sree Padmanabhaswamy is the tutelary deity of the royal family of Travancore. The titular Maharaja of Travancore Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma is the trustee of the temple. In line with the Temple Entry Proclamation, only those who profess the Hindu faith are permitted entry to the temple and devotees have to strictly follow the dress code.] The name of the city of Thiruvananthapuram in Malayalam translates to "The City of Lord Ananta", referring to the deity of Padmanabhaswamy Temple.
Architectural style: Dravidian architecture
Address: West Nada, Fort, East Fort, Pazhavangadi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695023
ContactNo. 0471 246 4606
03.30 am to 04.45 am (Nirmalya Darshanam)
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11.45 am to 12.00 Noon
05.00 pm to 06.15 pm
06.45 pm to 07.20 pm
Some interesting facts about the Temple:
- The Temple is a replica of the famous Sri Adikesavaperumal Temple at Thiruvattar. Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple gave its name to Kerala’s state capital - Thiruvananthapuram.
- The temple is one of 108 Divya Desams (Holy Abodes of Vishnu) – principal centers of worship of the deity in Vaishnavism.
- Sridevi, the Goddess of Prosperity and Bhudevi the Goddess of Earth, two consorts of Vishnu are by his side. Brahma emerges on a lotus, which emanates from the navel of the Lord. The deity is made from 12,000 saligramams.
- The temple is famous for having a secret vault that no human can ever open easily.
- There are six kallaras or chambers in the temple and Chamber B is very closely associated with Sri Padmanabhaswamy. It is said that a door of such a secret vault can be opened by a highly erudite ‘sadhu’ or ‘mantrikas’ who are familiar with the knowledge of extricating ‘naga bandham’ or ‘naga pasam’ by chanting a ‘garuda mantra'. If any human attempts are made with man-made technology to open the mysterious Chamber-B, catastrophes are likely to occur in and around the temple premises or throughout India.
How to Reach:
- By Air: There are regular flights from other major cities of the country to Thiruvananthapuram. Airport(s): Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (TRV).
- By Train: Thiruvananthapuram is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular trains. Railway Station(s): Trivandrum Kochuveli (KCVL), Trivandrum Central (TVC), Varkala Sivagiri (VAK), Trivandrum Veli (VELI), Thiruvananthapuram Pettah (TVP), Kazhakkuttam (KZK)
- By Bus: You can easily get regular buses to Thiruvananthapuram from other major cities of the country. Bus Station(s): Vizhinjam.
Top Other Attractions near the Temple:
- Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple: This Ganapaty temple is near to Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple. Here coconuts are offered in a unique way to Shri Ganapati. One need to throw the coconut on the rock forcefully and get it broke in one go and it is believed that such offering represents throwing of our ego and selfishness.
- Margi Theatre: One can enjoy and have a great time in this theatre by witnessing the traditional Kathakali dance. The way the dance moves are performed by the artistsare perfect in all ways.
- Sree Venkatachalapathy Temple: Situated near the District Collectorate,this ancient temple is dedicated to Sree Venkatachalapathy. The Temple is constructed in Dravidian architecture. The presiding deity, Venkateswara, is in standing posture and faces east in Garbha griha.
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