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Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
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Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple, Thiruvananthapuram
Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple is a very ancient and rather historic temple located at 3 km. From Thiruvananthapuram City. The seven-storied Gopuram is a fine specimen of Kerala - Dravidian style architecture, and the 386 pillars of the Corridors are curved from granites. Another good example of ancient work art is the Time Clock, Which depicts a Muslim and a Sheep.
The temple is a major landmark of Thiruvananthapuram and the holiest pilgrim centre of Kerala. The temple is built in the typical Kerala temple style and dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is 2000 years old. The temple is a seven storied tower built in the dravidian style of architecture. The temple is open to Hindus. The men should wear only white dhoti while entering the temple.
Main Features of Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple
There are four entrances for the temple. The Kizhekke Nada ( Eastern entrance ), Padinjare Nada (Western entrance), Thekke Nada, (southern entrance) Vadakke Nada (Northern entrance). There is an impressive seven -story gopuram (tower). Temple is a treasure house of ancient works of art, such as sculpture in stone and bronze, mural paintings and wood carvings. There are also small temples for sub deities viz Lord Sree Krishna (Tiruvambadi) Lord nrasimha, Lord Ayyappa, Lord Ganesha and Lord Anjaneya. The 33 meter high golden 'kodimaram' (flagstaff encased in gold stands) is also located in the chuttambalam. The walls of the 'sreekovil' (sanctum sanitarium) is decorated with mural paintings. The idol Pabmanabha Swamy is made of 12000 saligrams ( a special kind of stone). In the main courtyard, the Kulashekara mandapam, there is some intricate granite sculpture and nearly 400 pillars are supporting the temple corridors. Temple has many pillars, carvings and paintings (mural) which must be seen by a tourist visiting Thiruvananthapuram. Aratt at Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple is famous where the deity is taken in procession along a five kilometer route to the beach for a holy dip in the sea.