Trivandrum, the State capital of Kerala is known as Thiru Anantha puri, it takes its name from Lord Anantha Padmanabha- Lord Vishnu ,the presiding deity of the famous temple there. Vishnu is known as Anantha Padmananbha as he is reclining here on serpent Anantha and there is a lotus emerging from his naabhi( Navel) with Brahma sitting inside. This idol is around 23 feet long and one has to have a darshan of this huge idol through three dwaras( doors) the head portion , the abdomen and the Legs. The idol is made of a special combination of herbs and is centuries old.
This temple is also one of the 108 divya desams of Vishnu known as Tirupathis
This temple buzzes with a steady stream of pilgrims. This temple was constructed by the erstwhile rulers of Travancore . This temple was very much in news recently when treasure worth millions stacked away in the cellars were discovered . A few cellars remains unopened. Presently the temple is heavily guarded with a posse of police personnel round the clock and the security check up has been beefed up. Pilgrims are not allowed to carry mobile phones and cameras.
The temple has a huge image of Hanuman statue at the entrance.Everything in this temple is divine, be it a blade of grass or a grain of sand.
A temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha is seen near the sanctum of the main shrine. People first pay obeisance to the Lord Narasimha before worshiping the main deity.
There are also shrines for Kodhanda Rama and Vishwaksenar just outside sanctum of Lord Padmanabha.
The sprawling temple grounds also houses two more shrines one of Lord Krishna and other for Sasthavu.
The temple tower is modelled like we see in Tamil nadu.
There is a museum outside the temple and an old clock with goats hitting a demon/butcher every time the clock chimes is worth watching.
This temple attracts lot of tourists from all over the world.
Dress code- Only Dhoti and Angavastram for men. Pants and Chudidhars are not allowed.
There is a stall outside the temple for lending dhotis.
A temple worth visiting.
How to reach- Being the State capital of Kerala the city is well coneected by road, rail and air.
There are some more temple in the vicinity which I will be posting shortly.
A few pictures I could gather.