Ganesha is one of the most revered gods in the Hindu religion. Various mythological tales about Ganapati draws attention to his power. There are many shrines and local legends to indicate the respect for the elephant god. Pazhavangadi Ganapathi Temple is one among the prominent temples in Thiruvananthapuram.
As per the local history, the original Ganesha idol was worshipped by a soldier of Tranvancore army at Padmanabhapuram. Later, the idol was shifted to the city of Thiruvananthapuram, and a temple was constructed. Today, Pazhavangadi Ganapati Temple holds a great importance in the city.
Pazhavangadi Ganapathi Temple
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The beautiful and elegant architecture of the shrine draws the attention of many visitors year-round. In fact, its proximity to Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple is an added advantage as the devotees can visit both the shrines.
Ganesha idol looks beautiful in his sitting posture; he sits with the right leg folded stance with his vahana (vehicle) rat at his foot. Sri Maha Ganapathy is the presiding deity of this temple. Carved sculptures depicting various forms of Ganesha are the interesting features of this shrine.
The Pazhavangadi Maha Ganapathy Temple is a must visit shrine near to Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Special poojas are performed during the time of festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Navaratri and so on.
Dress Code in Pazhavangadi Maha Ganapathi Temple
Dress code is observed in many shrines across India. Similarly, at Pazhavangadi Maha Ganapati Temple men have to be dressed in mundu (dhoti, vesti) and women have to wear saree or salwar to enter the sanctum.
Don't miss out on a visit to this small and historical shrine on your Thiruvananthapuram trip.
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Tourist Places in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, is a wonderful city and a tourist place. A fusion of nature, history and culture in this city offers a lot for tourism. Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Shangumukham Beach, Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Kovalam Beach (16km from the city) and Napier Museum are some of the top tourist places in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).
All religious places are an integral part of history and traditions. In fact, it is always exciting to know about the legends that popularised these beautiful shrines. Similarly, Pazhavangadi Ganapathi Temple is one of the must-visit shrines that has been an important part of the Thiruvananthapuram's history.