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.
- Origin Unknown
The origin of the Temple of Sree Padmanabhaswamy is lost in antiquity. It is not possible to determine with any exactitude, from any reliable historical documents or other sources as to when and by whom the original idol of Sree Padmanabhaswamy was consecrated.
- 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.
- Richest Temple
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.
- Presiding Deity
The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu in his reclining position, on serpent Adisheshan. This posture of the Lord is known as Anantha Shayanam.
- Chamber B
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.
- 6. The presiding deity is made of fossilized shells
An image of Padmanabha or Vishnu reclining on the serpent Anantha or Adi Sesha is the center of the Padmanabhaswamy temple. With his right hand placed over a Shiva lingam, Vishnu is flanked by Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and Bhudevi, the goddess of Earth. Bramha is shown to emanate from Vishnu’na navel. Interestingly, the image of Vishnu is made out of 12,000 saligrams or fossilized shells that can traced back to the banks of Nepal’s Gandaki River.
- Laksha Deepam
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.
- Dress Code
Only those who profess the Hindu faith are permitted entry to the temple and devotees have to strictly follow the dress code.