Do you know which is the richest temple in the world? It’s Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. Inside the vaults of Temple Treasury lies treasure of an estimated one hundred Trillion dollars. What is more intriguing is the secret door behind the Chamber B that is forbidden to open by human efforts.
Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is in fact, one of the 108 Divya Desams (Holy Abodes of Vishnu). Maharaja Padmanabhaswamy holds the title of Padmanaswamy which means the ‘Servant of Lord Padmanabhaswamy’. Here is everything you need to know about the temple.
Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple Information
Location: West Nada, Fort, East Fort, Pazhavangadi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695023
Padmanabhaswamy Temple Timings:
03.30 am to 04.45 am (Nirmalya Darshanam)
06.30 am to 07.00 am
08.30 am to 10.00 am
10.30 am to 11.10 am
11.45 am to 12.00 Noon
05.00 pm to 06.15 pm
06.45 pm to 07.20 pm
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Padmanabhaswamy Temple Darshan Tickets: There is no entry fee but if you want to get special pooja done, there are different Pooja packages available.
Padmanabhaswamy Temple Dress Code: Only Hindus are allowed to enter the temple. There is a strict dress code visitors need to adhere to. Men should wear a dhoti or mundu while women should wear a saree or a skirt or blouse.
Padmanabhaswamy Temple Idol & Architecture
Here are a few facts about the architecture of the temple and the idol of God resting inside the temple.
- The temple is constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture which is an intricate blend of Kerala style and Tamil style of architecture.
- Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple Thiruvananthapuram is a replica of the famous Sri Adikesavperumal Temple in Thiruvattar. In fact, the capital, Thiruvananthapuram, got its name from the temple.
- The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the idol of the deity, Padmanabhaswamy, is in a reclining position on the serpent Anantha.
- Serpent Anantha or the five snakes guarding above Lord Vishnu are inclined inwards which symbolizes that Lord Vishnu is in contemplation mode.
- Lord’s right hand is placed on Shiva Lingam. On his either sides is Goddess of Prosperity – Sridevi, and Goddess of Earth – Bhudevi. Lord Brahma emerges on the lotus and you can see Shiva on his side too.
- The diety is made from 12,000 saligrams. Each of these Saligrams has come from the banks of Gandaki River in Nepal.
Padmanabhaswamy Temple Secrets
Inside temple premises, there are various chambers which are only opened a few times a year. These chambers have been named Vaults A, B, C, D, E, and F to simplify the process. All the other vaults except Vault B have one trillion dollars of treasure hidden inside them. But what is behind the doors of Vault B? No one knows and no one ever will because it is forbidden to open the doors of Vault B. The gate of the vault is made of solid thick gold walls.
It is believed that behind the doors of chamber B lies a secret door which had been fixed by siddh purashas by ‘naga bhandham’ in the 16th century. It can only be opened by a saint who knows the knowledge of ‘naga bhandham’ while chanting Garuda Mantra. If someone ever tries to open the door by human effort, the catastrophic events will follow, it is believed. Is the temple protected by some divine intervention? We will have to make our peace with the never-ending mystery.
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How To Reach Padmanabhaswamy Temple
The temple is located in the city of Thiruvananthapuram. So, you can simply take an auto from any part of Trivandrum. To reach the capital, you can take the following modes of transport
There are frequent flights from major metro cities like Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai to Trivandrum. Major airlines like SpiceJet, GoAir, Air India, etc, operate on these routes. It is a 4-hour flight from Delhi to Trivandrum. The nearest airport to Trivandrum is Trivandrum International Airport. The temple is just 13 minutes away from the airport.
There are a number of trains on the route to Trivandrum but it will take you more than two days to reach here. Rajdhani takes the shortest time to reach Trivandrum fro Delhi i.e. 41 hours otherwise other trains like Kranti Express and Trivandrum Central will take at least 48 hours. There are trains from Mumbai and Bangalore too. Trivandrum Railway Station is just 10 minutes away from the temple.
If you are in Kerala, you will easily find buses coming to the capital. It is more convenient to get buses coming to Trivandrum if you are in the neighboring region.
Aren’t you mesmerized by Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple photos? If you are taking a trip to Kerala, make sure you visit the holy Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple. It is said that all your wishes come true if you worship at this temple with full dedication. Everything, from its architecture, traditions, to is folklore, is worth exploring. This attraction in Trivandrum should definitely make to your itinerary.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How much gold is in Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple?
A. Gold and jewels worth $22 Billion has been extracted from Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple till now.
Q. When was Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple built?
A. Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple was constructed in the 16th century by the kings who ruled over Travancore at that time.
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