Saturday, January 3, 2009
PADMANABHA TEMPLE, TIRUVUANANTHAPURAM
Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Trivandrum is an architectural wonder and a magnificent temple, situated in the heart of the city.
The massive structure has a staggering 100 feet high "Gopuram", the main temple tower.
It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, one of the Gods of the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu. The massive idol of the deity measures 18 feet in length and is covered with gold and other precious stones.
The idol is viewed through three different doors. The head and torso is visible through the first opening. The midriff and hands are visible through the second door and the feet are visible through the third door. The massive idol is seen resting gracefully on the Serpent Lord, Anantha.
The temple is famous for its Arattu festival, which is till date headed by the royal family of Travancore. The procession is worth seeing as it is a grand spectacle of beautifully decorated elephants and musicians chanting Lords name.
The temple is made beautifully with an amalgamation of Hindu and Kerala architecture.
The temple is spread over a vast area and is an important worship of Hindus in Kerala.