Padmanabha Swami Temple


Kerala, the God’s own country, as the name suggests, has a lot of temples. When we think about the temples in Kerala one of the most important and beautiful temples come to mind is none other than Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple. This temple is located at Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala or we can say the city is spread around the temple. The beautiful element of this temple is its charming architecture. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, resides in Anantha Shaiya. Hence the name Thiruvananthapuram.


In Padmanabha Swami Temple you can feel the brilliant architecture. The temple’s architecture is a blend of Kerala and Dravidian styles.
It shows the beauty of South Indian architecture, with an impressive seven-story gopuram (tower).
Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple is eminent for its architectural beauty. You can see the holy tank, named Padma Theertham (meaning the lotus spring) besides the temple. A tower about 35 meters (100 foot) in height is situated in the entrance. It is constructed in South Indian architecture using stone. There is an eighty-foot flag post Dhwaja stambha an eighty-foot flag post in front of the temple which is covered with gold plated copper sheets.


An interesting tower clock is another attraction of Padmanabha Swami Temple. It is established outside of the temple since 200 hundred years before, known as MethaMani. Two sheep makes sound by striking a man’s face every hour to inform the time. The technology behind this mechanical system is still unknown. (Image Courtesy: NATA Trainer at NATA Coaching centre in Thiruvananthapuram)

Bali Peeda Mandapam and Mukha Mandapam are yet another attractive feature of this temple. The mandapam is more attractive by beautiful sculptures of various Hindu deities. The Navagraha Mandapa is another remarkable part of this temple, Navagrahas are displayed on its ceiling.
‘Nataka Sala’ the underground stage, where the famous temple art of Kerala, the Kathakali, was staged. The Kathakali is performed as a part of Padmanabhaswamy Temple Festival.


A few years back we heard the news about the treasure in Sree Padmanabha Swami temple. In 2011 the temple’s vaults were opened. It said that a conservative estimate of the wealth is more than 1.2 lakh crore. Mainly six vaults are there named A, B, C, D, E and F. The B vault is not still opened.

The Padmanabha swami temple thus has great architectural value. So if anyone is going to do research on the architecture especially in the temple architecture, it is highly recommended to visit the temple.

(Image Courtesy: NATA Trainer at NATA Coaching centre in Thiruvananthapuram)

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