Kerala is one of a fascinating place in India to visit, apart from the natural beauty of the region. The most top rated and the most preferred sites to visit during your holidays includes many of temples with amazing history and also some of the historical temples also carries information about the origin of the cultural diversity of Hinduism one of the most diverse and Oldest religion of India.
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in the league of most fascinating temples and tourist spots in Kerala tops the list of favorable places to visit, in terms of its architect as the story of its installation and prolonged historical reference in many of the historical books and Vedas counts it special and one of the prominent Hindu Temple in India and across the World.
All these facts and popularization magnetize millions of visitors to the temple throughout the year, the stories and enriched cultural density don’t only call the temple as one of the oldest temples, it also marked it as the Richest Temple of India.
The Temple of Sree Padmanabhaswamy is unique as it is called as the crown of Travancore, the Kingdom of Travancore till 1949 was ruled by Travancore Royal Family and free India named the estate Thiruvananthapuram. Read the amazing facts about the Temple to know its past and its significance.
10. The Lord Vishnu image made up of 12,000 fossilized shells
The Padmanabhaswamy Temple is bestowed with many mesmerizing Lord Vishnu or Padmanabha’s images, the image in the center of the temple of Lord Vishnu resting over the Adi Sesha or Serpent Anantha will surely mesmerize you. The image also can be described as Lord Vishnu’s right hand and over Shiva lingam and Goddess Laxmi by his side. A fascinating part of Image is that it is sketched with 12,000 fossilized shells of historical Nepal’s river Gandaki River.
9. Temple hosts Laksha Deepam Festival
The Laksha Deepam festival is celebrated with a gap of six years in the month of January, as the name of the festival denotes full of lights and Diyas, Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple’s biggest festival is Laksha Deepam that decorates whole Temple with thousands of Diyas. The Festival is celebrated on occasion of MakraSakranti after every six years that marks the end of Bhadreepams, Hindu seven days rituals that comes twice a year.
8. Temple reconstruction
With a fascinating past and valuable history, Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is not as it is since its construction, the temple was almost fully destroyed by accidental fire in 1696 A.D. the reconstruction of the temple was initiated without changing its place after destruction. It took a long period of time to raise fund and to decide its reconstruction, the process started after a long debate in 1728 A.D.
7. Temple’s mention in Pre-Historic Books and Scriptures
The beliefs and treasure story about the Sree Padmanabhaswamy are not rumors or any initiative from Temple Staff to make it famous worldwide, as one of the most popular and historical temples. Scriptures as Brahman Purana, Mahabharata, Skanda Purana and Varaha Purana mentions Sree Padmanabhaswamy as a shrine.
6. Gold Mahavishnu
The Temple has secured three and a half feet statue of Mahavishnu in the chamber that is decorated with hundreds of Diamond and other Gems, the weight of pure gold statue is 30 KG.
5. Top security 24*7 and 365 days a Year
It is obviously the matter of commonsense that the richest Temple of World needs security to secure not only its luxury but to maintain belief people have as devotees, strong security is ensured with armed special commanders. The Z security marks it as the most secure temple with foolproof plans.
4. Dress Code Entry in Temple
Formal Shirts and Pants are not allowed in Temple, the proper dress code for all is to be followed. The Dress Code says men should wear Dhoti or Mundu around waist and shirts are prohibited. Women are allowed entry with saree categorized as Mundum neriyathum.
3. The chamber of Secret
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is full of secrets, Supreme Court deciding to explore all its chambers named as A to E decided to not open Chamber B as it is known to be cursed. B Chamber is termed by Historical as the Richest of all chambers.
2. Dravidian style Architect
The walls of the temple and its design categorized the style as Dravidian style, the style is one of the rarest and most fascinating design. Indigenous Kerala culture bestowed in design will surely skip your heart for a while. The Dravidian style of architect resembled it as many of Temples in Kerala and Tamil Nadu standing tall with a storey and sloping roofs.
1. Richest Temple In The World
The dynasty of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple was unknown for its business and treasury till 2011, the Supreme Court verdict in 2011 to reveal its treasure put all other treasuries to shame. The exploring committee that was commanded to give details about its treasure valued its worth $ 1 trillion marking Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple richest in the world.