Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple
Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple is situated at Thiruvananthapuram.The lord vishnu is the idol in the temple in “Ananthashayanam” posture. The sculpturesque of lord vishnu in the “Anantha Shayanam” posture is one of the major attractions in the temple.The picturesque temple is the combination of Kerala style and Kovil(architecture associated with the temples in the Tamilnadu) featuring high wall and gopuram. Among the Hindu temple in the world it is richest in terms of assets that is gold asset and valuable stone with an estimated amount of $22 billion worth, the gold coins and jewels are kepted in the underground vaults.
The architecture of the temple is made up of stone and bronze.The interior is decorated by mural paintings,this paintings include the images of lord Vishnu in Ananthashayanam posture,Narasimha swamy,Lord Ganapathi and GajaLakshmi. The temple has a flag post about 80 feet height and the post is coated gold plated copper sheets.
Actually there is no historical documents or other sources to determine the exact consecration of the temple.The temple has references in several Hindu texts like Mahabharatha, Brahma purana, matsya purana, varaha purana etc. Temple has been refered to in the sangam period of literature between 500 BC and AD 300.Thiruvananthapuram, The capital city of Kerala got its name from the deity of Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple,who is also knowm as ‘Anantha’. Thiruvananthapuram literally means the land of anantha padmanabha swamy.The renovation made by famous the famous Travancore king Marthanda Varma gives the present day structure of Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple.The shrine of Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple located on astone slab and the idol, which is about 18 feet long can be viewed through three different doors. we can see the head part through the first door, while through the second door we can see the hands and the feet through the third door.
Many intresting structural features are there in the halls (Balipeeda Mandapam and Mukha Mandapam). The Halls are decorated with sculptures of various deities, and another attractive structure is the Navagraha Mandapa ,in which the ceiling displays the Navagraha(9 planets). Kerala’s classical art form Kathakali is held at the temple during the annual ten-day festival in malayalam months Meenam and Thulam on the Natakasalsa situated under the main entrance.
only Hindus are permitted to enter inside the temple and has a strict dress code for entering the temple.
Men: wear mundu or dhoti and should not wear shirt or such kind,
Women:sari,set-mundu, skirt & blouse or half sari. you can buy dhotis for rent at the entrance of the temple.
- 03:30 am-04:45 am (Nirmalya Darsanam)
- 06:30 am-07:00 am
- 08:30 am-10:00 am
- 10:30 am-11:10 am
- 11:45 am-12 Noon
- 05:00 pm-06:00 pm
- 06:45 pm-07:20 pm
The above timing may change festival and special occasions.
Nerest Railway Station
- Thiruvananthapuram central (In a kilometre distance)
- Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (In 5 km distance)