Every state of India has beautiful Hindu temples. In the southern Indian state of Kerala, you would also find several famous temples. The Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, which is the main one of them, is counted among the most visited points of tourist interest in the charming tourist destination of Kerala, popularly referred to as the ‘God’s Own Country’.
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Situated in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of the southwestern Indian state of Kerala, the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, which has been constructed with an intricate blend of the indigenous architectural styles of Kerala and Dravid (Kovil) associated with the temples nestled in the adjoining southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, with its features of high walls, and a 16th century Gopuram. Being a replica of the Adikesava Perumal temple situated in the Kanyakumari district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, this ancient temple is counted among the most visited points of tourist interest in the tourist destination of Kerala.
Boasting of being the richest Hindu temple in the world, this ancient temple is mainly dedicated to Lord Vishnu. In this charming huge temple, you would get the fine glimpse of Lord Vishnu in the ‘Anantha Shayanam’ posture. Under this posture, you would find Him lying in the condition of the eternal Yogic sleep on the serpent Adisheshan. It is notable that the tutelary deity of the royal family of Travancore is Sree Padmanabhaswamy. Only Hindu devotees are allowed to enter this charming temple. This temple has also got the credit of providing the name to the city of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of the southwestern Indian state of Kerala.
Counted among the 108 principal Divya Desams (sacred abodes) in Vaishnavism, this temple, which is also glorified in the Divya Prabandha, is a must visit during the tour of the heavenly destination of Kerala.
In 1566 A.D., the foundation of the present seven tier Gopuram, which has been built in the Pandyan style of architecture, was laid. Because of this Gopuram, this temple looks very huge.
Festivals and Rites
This temple organizes several timely festivals. The main festivals of them are half yearly. Lasting for 10 days each, the Alpashy festival can be enjoyed during the month of October or November and the Panguni festival is celebrated in the Tamil month, namely Panguni falling during the month of March or April. All the festivals and rituals at this famous temple are celebrated with great rejoicing.
Finally, it can be undoubtedly said that the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple is perfect for being visited during the Kerala tour. If you also have the desire of taking the fine glimpse of this huge and famous temple, you can book Kerala Holiday Package from Kolkata. All of these tour packages, which are available at reasonable prices, can also be customized according to the choice of the clients. In case of being willing to know more information about other destinations, one can also visit us online at: www.arvholidays.com.