Anantha Padmanabhaswamy temple although has been existing since centuries, it came to lime light only in the year 2011, when the Supreme Court ordered the opening the 6 secret chambers in the temple.

Anantha Padmanabhaswamy temple is located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. the temple is a replica of the Adikesava Perumal temple located in Kanyakumari District. It is one of the richest Hindu temple in the world. The principle deity Vishnu is enshrined in the “Anantha Shayanam” posture, the eternal yogic sleep on the serpent Adisheshan. The titular Maharaja of Travancore Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma is the trustee of the temple as Sree Padmanabhadasa, and has earned the title “Sree Padmanabhadasa’ the slave of Lord Padmanabha. The temple follows strict Hindu practice and only those who profess Sanatana Dharma are allowed inside.

The name of the city of Thiruvananthapuram in Malayalam translates to “The City of Lord Ananta,” referring to the deity of Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Several Hindu Texts like the Brahma Purana, Matsya Purana, Varaha Purana, Skanda Purana, Padma Purana, Vayu Purana, Bhagavata Purana and the Mahabharata mention this shrine. The Temple has been referred to in the Sangam Period of literature between 500 B.C and 300 A.D several times. One of the temple records states that the temple was founded on the 964th day after the kaliyuga started by Divakara muni who was a tulu brahmin (During the start of kaliyuga in parashurama kshetra the tulunad brahmins means Sthanika tulu brahmins). The temple is one of the 108 principal Divya Desams (“Holy Abodes”) in Vaishnavism, and is glorified in the Divya Prabandha,. The Divya Prabandha glorifies this shrine as being among the 13 Divya Desam in Malai Nadu. The Ananthapuram Temple in Kasargod is believed to be the ‘Moolasthanam’ of the Temple.

In the sanctum sanctorum, Padmanabha Swamy reclines on a Adi Sesha (snake). The serpent has five heads which are facing inwards which signifies contemplation. Padmanabha Swamy’s hands lies on a Shiva linga. Sridevi, the God of wealth and prosperity and bhudevi, the God of earth are situated by the side of Vishnu. The lord Brahma sitting on a lotus emerges through the navel of the lord. The deity is made of 12,000 saligramas. These saligramas are said to have obtained from the Gandaki river in Nepal. The idol Padmanabha Swamy is covered with “Katusarkara yogam” which acts like a plaster and keeps the idol clean.


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