Monday, September 29, 2014

ANANTHA PADMANABHASWAMY TEMPLE MURALS

Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple is situated at Ananthapuram, near Kumbala in Kasegod District This temple is considered as the 'Moola Sthanam'(Original Source) of Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple of Thiruvananthapuram.In this temple God Mahavishnu is depicted as sitting on the coils of Serpent Anantha whereas at Thiruvanathapuram Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple, the idol of Sri Padmanabha Swamy(Lord Maha Vishnu) is depicted as reclining  on the serpent.Hanuman Swamy and Garuda Bird are shown as standing with folded hands in front of him.On both sides of the Lord Vishnu's deity are depicted idols of 'Bhoodevi' and 'Sree Devi'(Lakshmi Devi).Like at Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram, the seven idols found in this temple are also made up of 'Kadu Sarkara Yogam'  a process by which they are made from 108 type of materials from Nepal to Kanyakumari.Like in humans all the replica of  inner parts, lungs,heart etc   also would be made and coconut fibre will be used for nerves.Such idols are not used for 'Abhishekam' (sacred bath) and small 'Ulsava Idols'(idols used for procession etc) are used for that pooja rites at the 'Mukha Mandapa'. 
Crocodile in the Pond
 The Sreekovil (Sanctum) is surrounded by a large pond and from the entrance gate to the Sreekovil there is a bridge.On the  walls of the Sreekovil there are exquisite depiction of Murals of 'Puranic Themes'.
                   Once Vilwamangalam Swamiyar was doing penance at this site beside the pond and Lord Krishna used to visit him disguised as a small boy and performed all kinds of mischief.Swamiyar reciprocated to the pranks of the mischievous boy with patience but one day in anger he admonished the child and pushed him with his backhand.The Lord transformed into a ball of divine aura and hastened through a cave near the pond.A divine voice echoed that if Swamiyar wanted to see him again he had to come to 'Ananthan Kadu'.Vilwamangalam Swamiyar then only realized that the boy was none other than Lord Krishna and he went inside the cave  after him  and reached on the sea shore.He was not knowing the place 'Ananthan Kadu' but  with the advice he got from others he traveled in  south  direction and reached the spot  'Ananthan Kadu' at Thiruvananthapuram where he found Lord Vishnu.The temples were established on those sacred spots.
There is a cave which opens out to the pond still today near Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple at Kumbala, and the water level remains steady regardless of climatic changes.
In the temple pond there is a Crocodile living which is vegetarian and do not harm to large number of fishes and other water creatures living in the pond.
The cave entrance
It is fed with the 'Prasadam' (Rice and sweetened rice) from the temple and come for to eat its lunch to the temple at noon everyday.At night it may take rest on the temple floor and do not harm the temple employees even if  they step on it in the darkness  of the early mornings.The crocodile is named as 'Babia' The present crocodile 'Babia' is 65 years old and there used to be a single crocodile



Beautiful Murals



in the pond always is a mystery.The previous one was shot dead by an Englishman but he died immediately when a tree trunk fell on him at that moment  then and there.Within days the present crocodile appeared in the pond.
The temple timings are from 5.30 AM to 1 PM and again from 5.30 PM to 7.30PM.
It is situated at Kumbala which is 40 km from Mangalore and 15 km from Kaseragod.Kumbala is on the Kaseragod-Mangalore High way and from Kumbala Ananthapura is only 4 km.
Temple address is Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple,Ananthapura(P.O),Kumbala,Kaseragod (Dt),Kerala- 671321, India.

To protect the age old  Murals, an outer wall is constructed in recent years at the temple.












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