Padmanabhaswamy Temple is a famous Hindu temple of Lord Vishnu located in Thiruvananthapuram in the state of Kerala, India. This historic temple included among the major Vaishnava temples of India is one of the many tourist places in Thiruvananthapuram. The architectural type of Padmanabhaswamy Temple is Dravidian Architecture (Kovil).
Padmanabhaswamy Temple is an important place of worship for Vishnu-devotees. Improvement works have been done in the temple structure. For example, in 1733 AD, this temple was rebuilt by Maharaja Martad Varma of Travancore. There is a legend associated with the Padmanabhaswamy. It is believed that the idol of Lord Vishnu was first obtained from this place, after which this temple has been constructed at the same place.
Thousands of devotees come from far and wide to see the huge statue of Lord Vishnu in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. In this statue, Lord Vishnu sits in a sleeping posture on Sheshnag. It is believed that Thiruvananthapuram is named after the serpent named ‘Anant’ of God. Here the resting state of Lord Vishnu is called ‘Padmanabha’ and in this form, the Virajita Lord is here known as Padmanabhaswamy.
Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram is one of the famous religious places in Kerala. Kerala is a unique confluence of culture and literature. It has beautiful beaches on one side and the amazing natural beauty of the hills in the Western Ghats on the other side, situated amidst all these priceless natural funds – Padmanabhaswamy. Its architecture is made as soon as it is seen, even the fine workmanship of the temple is worth seeing.
The importance of the temple is further enhanced by its sacred surroundings. The use of incense and lamp in the temple continues. The atmosphere of the temple is beautiful and fragrant. There is also a golden pillar in the temple which adds to the beauty of the temple. Many pillars have been made in the corridor of the temple, which is beautifully etched, which adds to its grandeur. It is compulsory for men to wear dhoti and women to wear saree for entering the temple. Hindus get admission in this temple only. Two important festivals are organized every year in the temple, one of which is celebrated in the months of March and April and the other in the months of October and November. Lakhs of devotees come to participate in the temple’s annual festival and pray to Lord Padmanabhaswamy Temple for happiness and peace.
The Padmanabhaswamy Temple was built by King Martand. Many important things have been taken care of in the reconstruction of this temple. First of all, the temple was built in a huge form based on its grandeur in which its craft beauty affects all. Mixed-use of Dravidian and Kerala style can be seen in the construction of the temple.
The temple’s gopuram is built in the Dravidian style. The Padmanabhaswamy Temple is an amazing example of South Indian architecture. The complex of the temple is very spacious which is seven stories high. Gopuram is decorated with artifacts. There is also a lake near the temple which is known as ‘Padmathirtha Kulam’. More information on Hindu Mandir Architecture.
The Lord of the temple and its wealth is Lord Padmanabhaswamy. For a long time, this temple and its properties were maintained and guarded by a trust (trust) headed by a member of the royal family of Travancore. But at present, the Supreme Court of India has barred the royal family from presiding over the management of this temple.
In June 2011, the Supreme Court directed the officials of the Department of Archeology and Fire Department to open the secret cellars of the temple and inspect the objects kept in them. About two lakh crore properties kept in these cellars have been discovered. However, the basement-B has not been opened yet. The Supreme Court has stayed the opening of this cellar. The Supreme Court has ordered that these assets belong to the temple and the sanctity and security of the temple should be ensured.
Mysterious Facts About Padmanabhaswamy Temple
- According to beliefs, the Maharaja of Travancore hid the prized treasure behind the basement and thick walls of this temple. After which no one has dared to open these doors for thousands of years and thus later it was considered as cursed. According to legend, once while searching for the treasure, someone tried to open the 7th door, but it is said that everyone died due to the bite of poisonous snakes.
- It is said that this door is closed using the mantras ‘Nag Bandham’ or ‘Nag pasham’. It can be opened only by having a clear and precise chanting of ‘Garuda Mantra’. If there is a mistake in it, then death is considered certain. It is said that at present, if India has not found such a perfect man in any corner of the world, then the temple can solve the mystery.
- It is said that this is the world’s richest Hindu temple with precious diamonds and jewels inlaid. This door can only be opened with the utterance of some mantras. If this temple is opened in any way, then the temple can be destroyed, which can lead to a heavy catastrophe. Actually this door is made of steel. There are two snakes on it, which guard this gate. There are no nuts or bolts.