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Thiruvananthapuram - Lord Anantha Padmanabha Temple

Located inside the East Fort in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of the State of Kerala. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Vishnu, reclining on Anantha, the hooded Serpent and called as Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy. The word 'Thiruvananthapuram' literally means the land of Sri Anantha Padmanabhaswamy. This temple is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture. It is one of the 108 sacred Vishnu temples or Divya Desams in India. Divya Desams are the holiest abodes of the Lord Vishnu that are mentioned in the works of the Tamil Azhvars (saints).

Thiruvananthapuram Temple Images

Pilgrim Attractions

  • The most important temple in India Historically, Architecturally and Spiritually
  • Ananthasayanam Idol - Idol of Sree Padmanabha Swamy is made up of 12008 Salagramas
  • Ottakkal Mandapam - is built with a single slab of granite which is 2.5 ft thick and 20 ft square
  • Abhisravana Mandapam - Special poojas related with Temple festivals are performed here
  • Kulasekhara Mandapam - supported by 28 balustrades of pillars with exquisitely carved figures
  • Dwaja Stambham - is eighty feet high teak pole was then covered with gold foils
  • Nine Entrances - The Temple has nine entrances, indicating the nine orifices of the human body
  • Gopuram - 7 storeyed, east entrance, 35 mtr height, 7 golden domes on the top suggesting 7 worlds
  • Sreebalippura - Magnificent rectangular corridor, supported by 365 and a one quarter of pillars
  • Theerthams - has a large number of sacred water resources including the main Padmatheertham
  • Secret Valuts - Temple captured world headlines when vast wealth was discovered in its vaults
  • The presence of lord Shiva within the Sreekovil is significant in a Vishnu Maha Kshetram
  • Thiruvambadi Sree Krishnaswamy temple inside the main Temple walls

Where is Thiruvananthapura

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is the capital city for the Kerala state, India - 695001.

How to Reach

Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala located at southwest tip.

  • Distance From: Kollam - 65 km, Alappuzha - 158 km, Kanyakumari - 92 km
  • Nearest Airport: Thiruvananthapuram
  • Nearest Bus Station: Thiruvananthapuram
  • Nearest Railway Station: Thiruvananthapuram

Where to Stay

Thiruvananthapuram has many hotels, resorts from budget to luxury.

Festivals / Events

  • Thiruvonam: Major celebrations of Thirunal (Birthday) of Sri Padmanabhaswamy
  • Navarathri Pooja
  • Valiya Ganapathi Homam: 12 days starting two days before the Navarathri Festival
  • Alpasi Ulsavam: bi-annual festival
  • Mandala Chirappu: The celebration for the Sastha begins on the first of Vrischikam
  • Swargavathil Ekadasi: Auspicious day for the devotees of Maha Vishnu
  • Bhadradeepam: Bhadradeepappura is opened and special poojas are made
  • Kalabham: The ablution with sandal paste on the idols is the highlight of the function.
  • Painkuni Utsavam: bi-annual festival
  • Niraputhari: Niraputhari sheaves of grain are ceremoniously brought to the Temple and Pooja
  • Murajapam: Chanting of Vedas and the Vishnu Sahasranamam for 56 days. Celebrated once in 6 years
  • Lakshadeepam: The entire Temple is adorned with lamps. Celebrated once in 4 years on Makara Sankranthi

Worship & Darshan Timings

  • 03.30am to 04.45am  Nirmalya Darshanam
  • 06.30am to 07.00am  Darshanam
  • 08.30am to 10.30am  Darshanam
  • 10.30am to 11.10am  Darshanam
  • 11.45am to 12.00pm  Darshanam
  • 05.00pm to 06.15pm  Darshanam
  • 06.45pm to 07.20pm  Darshanam

Pooja Timings

  • 04.45am: Deeparadhana
  • 05.30am: Usha Pooja
  • 06.30pm: Pantheeradi Pooja
  • 12.00pm: Ucha Pooja

Best Season & Time to Visit

Visit during the festivals to glimse the glory of the lord and the temple.


The city posses local markets, art galleries, traditional clothing and modern shopping malls.

Things to Take Care

The must follow dress code is made for the devotees, who wish to enter the temple. Men are to wear only white or silk 'Dhothi' or 'Mundu' while women are to wear Saree or traditional Kerala dresses.

Non Hindus are not allowed even inside the perimeter of the temple complex

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