Anantha Padmanabha Temple
Historical | Pilgrimage
#1 of 33 Places to Visit in Trivandrum
Distance (From Trivandrum Central Railway Station): 2 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1-2 Hours
Transportation Options: Cab / Auto
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At a distance of about 2 kms from Trivandrum Central Railway Station, Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, located in the Fort Area. The temple is one of the 108 Divyadesams of Lord Vishnu and among the popular temples in India that can be visited as part of Kerala Packages. The main deity is seen in reclining position over the serpent Anantha or Adi Sesha. The temple depicts a blend of Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture.
Padmanabha Kshetram and its properties were controlled by Ettuveetil Pillamar under the guidance of Ettara Yogam. Later, Marthanda Varma defeated the Pillamar and his cousins took over power. The temple was renovated majorly by King Marthanda Varma, Maharaja of Travancore in the mid of 17th century.
The temple has an impressive 100 feet gopuram. Only Hindus are permitted inside the temple. Men should remove clothes above waist, no pants for men or churidhar for women. Dhotis can be borrowed at the locker room for Rs. 15.
Timings: 4:15 AM to 11:45 AM & 5:15 PM to 7:30 PM.