One of the most revered and well known temples in India, the Sri Padmanabhswamy Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is a beautiful architectural structure located in Kerala. Standing in front of the idol of the Lord, depicted as reclining on the Shesh Nag (the five hooded king of the Nagas or snakes) the posture known as Anantha-sayanam, it is very easy to visualize the great king, Maharaja Marthanda Varma standing at this altar with palms folded in supplication, declaring himself not a king but a dasa (servant) of the Lord and dedicating his politically powerful kingdom of Travancore to the Lord.
The dates relating to the construction of this temple and the consecration of the idol of the Lord are not known. However, the Bhagavad Gita mentions the temple, stating that Balaram bathed in the Padmatheertham and offered his prayers to the Lord here. Nammalwar, the twelfth century poet composed a number of hymns in praise of the temple and its deity.
Another interesting feature of this temple is the east gate which has a Dravidian style gopuram, something not seen in the architecture of this area. Originally a wooden idol, the present idol was sculpted in 1733 and is made of 12008 salagrams (sacred stones). The sanctum sanctorum has three doors through which you can see the head, torso and feet of the Lord. There are idols depicting other deities also which are housed in the temple.
The Laksha Deepam, held once every six years is the highlight of this temple and involves the lighting up of a hundred thousand lamps in honor of the Lord.
|Visit Duration||45 minutes to 1 hour|