Experience the blend of Kerala and Dravidian architectural styles and get lost in antiquity! Fully
soaked in the spiritual power of Lord MahaVishnu, the Ananthapadmanabhaswamy temple at
Thiruvananthapuram is a confluence of Kerala and Dravidian style of architecture. The temple is
surrounded by high walls and also has a Gopuram. The Sreekovil (sanctum sanctorum) has the deity
of Lord Vishnu as reclining on the hooded serpent Anantha and hence the name.
The Sreekovil is surrounded by a lake and connected to the Gopuram through a small bridge. The
outer walls of the Sreekovil have a number of ancient Puranic themed mural paintings and an outer
wall protects these. The deity can be viewed through three doors. The OttakkalMandapam carved
out of a single stone is also to be seen. One interesting tradition is that only the ruler is allowed to
prostrate to the deity in the Mandapam. The Bali PeedaMandapam, NavagrahaMandapa, NatakaSala
and the broad corridor with 365 pillars are not to be missed. The worship time is specified and there
is a dress code that is to be followed.
The Anathapadmanabhaswamy temple is located in the heart of the town of Thiruvananthapuram
and is only 6 kilometres away from the International Airport. Other important places that you can
visit are the Padmanabhapuram Palace, Agastya Mala, Kovalam Beach, Poovar Island, among others.
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