The God’s Own Country has in possession a culture rich with temples, traditions, mythical stories and many amazing facts. The deeper we dig up, the more fascinated the land turns us! With a deep rooted cultural heritage and diversities threading out and connecting regions, Kerala is a land of historical treasures and spiritual destination. Picking a few on any given criterion is indeed troublesome, however, you may not afford to miss having known about these temples.
Famed and esteemed for multiple reasons, Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple has been an attention hub and focal point to the masses across the world. Undoubtedly, one of the best prospective monuments to be honoured in the list of Wonders of the World, this temple is located in Thiruvananthapuram, the largest city and the capital of Kerala. Acclaimed as the richest place of worship ever, the architecture of the temple is an intricate fusion of the indigenous Kerala style and the Dravidian style. The main deity is Lord Vishnu, enshrined in the Anantha Sayanam posture, which extends to a length of 18 feet. Devotees are blessed with the sight of this huge shrine: face, navel and feet from three doors. In line with the Temple Entry Proclamation,only Hindus are allowed to pay visit inside the temple.
Story Of Origin As Narrated In Ananthasayana Mahatmya: It is believed that Lord Vishnu was pleased by the devotion of a Tulu Brahmin Divakara Muni, and appeared before him as a lovely child. The child later disappeared in the place where the temple is situated, and the place is believed to have the divine and powerful presence of Lord Vishnu. On the 950th year of Kali Yuga a reinstallation of the idol was done.
Eyes from all around the globe are glued to this temple, awaiting the unveiling of the centuries' old secrets of unaccounted treasures kept in the temple. Keeping the mysteries aside, the temple still hosts rich feasts to travel and history enthusiasts and spiritual minds.
The city is well connected with the rest of the country with road and rail networks.
Nearest Railway Station:
Thiruvananthapuram Central, about 1 km away
Trivandrum International Airport, about 6 km away
Best Visiting Time:
Anytime round the year.
Dress Code To Be Followed At The Temple:
Only Hindus are permitted inside the temple. Men need to wear mundu or dhoti (worn around the waist and going down up to the heels) and should not wear shirts of any kind. Women need to wear sari, mundum neriyathum (set-mundu), skirt and blouse, or half sari. Dhotis are available for rent at the temple entrance. Nowadays, temple authorities allow wearing of dhotis over pants or churidhar to avoid inconvenience to the devotees.
Credits And Courtesy:
www.keralatourism.com and www.sreepadmanabhaswamytemple.org