Ananthapura Lake Temple is located in the middle of a lake in Kumbala village, dedicated to Ananthapadmanabha (Lord Mahavishnu). This 9th century monument is the only lake temple in Kerala. The temple is said to be the original seat (moolasthanam) of Lord Sree Anantha Padmanabha (Thiruvananthapuram). The Sreekovil is surrounded by a rectangular lake. The Gopuram, the temple edifice, and the Sreekovil are connected by a small bridge to reach.
The Anatha Padmanabha Idol
God's idol in Ananthapuram is standing idol but the one in Thiruvananthapuram is a reclining posture (Ananthashayanam). The Ananthapuram Lake Temple is located in a remote calm and isolated rocky hill. Hence a visitor gets a beautiful view of the surrounding green landscape.
The shrine is encircled by a 'Chuttambalam' (an enclosed verandah running around the building) and the walls are adorned with fine murals depicting incidents and heroes in Puranas. There is a cave within that opens out to a small pond where the water level remains steady regardless of climatic changes.
The Lake in which the Sanctum is situated is a large structure measuring 2 acres. To the right corner of the lake there is a cave (Bilvamangala cave) with a gate. According to the priests of the temple, god Anantha Padmanabha went to Thiruvananthapuram through that cave. That is the reason for similarity in both the names.
According to the folk lore there is also a pond called 'Vana shastra pond' in the temple and is home to a crocodile named Babiya, which is supposed to be the guard of the temple. It is believed that when one dies, another mysteriously takes its place. The crocodile is vegetarian one and the priests offer prasadam, and naivedyam to the crocodile 07.30am in the morning and 12.00pm every day.
Other deities in this temple are Mahishasura mardini ,Sri goshale krishna , Sri Maha Ganapathi.
Ananthapuram Temple Images
Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple
The bridge on the lake to enter the Mandapa and Shrine