Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram is one of the famous temples in India, and also one among the richest temples of the nation. Being one of the major attractions of the capital city, tourists and travellers find the temple equally interesting.
The temple has been in news several times due to the riches of the temple and the mystery behind the same. Beyond what has been discussed in the media, there are some other interesting facts about the temple that is worth knowing. Let's explore them!
Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple
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The Temple Architecture
It is interesting to know that the Padmanabha Swamy Temple is built using a blend of typical Kerala architecture and Dravidian style of architecture that is particular to Tamil Nadu.
In terms of the assets and wealth of the temple, Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple is the world's richest temple in the world. There are many conventional historians who opine that the temple was referred to as the Golden Temple due to its immense wealth.
The temple premises
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The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu in his reclining position, on serpent Adisheshan. This posture of the Lord is known as Anantha Shayanam.
Mention of the Shrine in Scriptures
The main shrine here has its mention in several Hindu scriptures like Brahman Purana, Varaha Purana, Skanda Purana and Mahabharata.
The temple at night!
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There are 6 chambers in the temple, of which the second one, Chamber B has never been opened by anyone, despite efforts to open the same. It is believed that this chamber contains an idol of Sri Padmanabha Swamy, Srichakram (known as the mother of all yantras), and immense wealth and other valuables. There is a popular belief that whoever opens the chamber, is sure to face danger at its worst.
Of all the festivals here, the Laksha Deepam festival is the most popular one, where the temple structure and premises are lit up with one lakh lamps. This festival takes place only once in 6 years.
On your next trip to Thiruvananthapuram, ensure that you don't miss to visit this much talked about temple!
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