Saturday, April 7, 2012

Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple,Thiruvananthapuram

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum  has earned worldwide fame.This centuries old Shrine belongs
to the 108 abodes of Lord Vishnu which are known as "Divya Desams'.Only 11 temples are in this category
in Kerala out of which 5 are Pancha Pandava temples.(Pancha Pandava temples are temples of Lord Vishnu
which were established in Kerala  by each one of the Pandava Princes 5000 years back and they are
Trichittattu Temple in Chengannur,Thrippuliyoor temple in Chengannur ,Aranmula Parthasaradhy Temple,
Thiruvanvandoor temple, in Chengannur Taluk and Thrikkodithanam Temple in Kottayam District..
The deities of these temples are worshipped by Vaishnavites and they travel all over India to visit all these temples.One of the 108 abodes of Vishnu is situated in Nepal and one is the celestial abode.Other 106 temples










are in India and most of them are in Tamil Nadu.
Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple has so many special features.The idol of this temple is made up of 'Kadusarkara Yogam' which is a mixture of several materials and the main content is 12000 'Salagramas'(typical smooth stones collected from river 'Gantaki' of Nepal).Gravel from River Ganges etc
and several Ayurvedic ingredients are  mixed with molasses.The idol of Padmanabha Swamy is possessing
gold covering also and adorned with gold ornaments.The 'Abhishekam' is not performed on this idol but only on the idol which is taken out for procession etc which is known as 'Ulsava Bimbam'.The idol of Sree Padmanabha Swamy is 18 feet long and can not be seen in full view.It can be viewed through 3 different doors of the Sanctum Sanctorum.
The Gopuram and several other structures were made during and after 16th century.The 'Gopuram' is 100 feet
high and  is  seven storeyed.The flag staff is 80 feet high.It was Anizham Thirunal 'Marthanda Varma Maharajah' who did several renovation works in this temple.
There are deities of 'Narasimhaswamy'  and 'Thiruvambady Krishnan' which are also having much importance
in this temple.The idols of these deities are also taken out for 'Aarattu' procession to 'Sankum Mugham beach'.
At Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple there  are two annual main festivals 'Painkuni Festival' and 'Alpasi Festival'.Both these festivals are celebrated for 10 days each and the Painkuni Festival will be in March-April
and Alpasi Festival during October-November.
During the 'Painkuni Festival' statues of 'Pandava Princes'  adorned with red color attire  are placed on the
front side of the temple on the eastern side as a tradition and custom.These idols made out of wood was
used earlier which was recently replaced with fiber-glass statues.These statues are not placed there during
''Alpasi" festival.

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