Wednesday, July 13, 2011

How to Reach Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Trivandrum

Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple is a main temple in Kerala located in Trivandrum city.

Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple is the Weathiest Hindu Temple in the World.

Hundreds of Tourists are coming to Kerala to Visit the Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple.

So they will be looking to know How to Reach Pamanabhaswamy Temple by taking the shortest route.

Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple is near to the centre of capital of Kerala state.

Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple is located at a place called East Fort in Thiruvananthapuram.

By Air - After you Reach Trivandrum Airport , you can travel in a Local Bus, Auto or Taxi towards East Fort (Kizhakkekotta). From East Fort it is only walkable distance towards the Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple.

By Train - You can get off at the Central Railway Station in Thampanoor, Trivandrum.  From there it is only 1 km towards the temple. You should take a Auto towards the temple. There is no need for picking Taxi to reach the temple. Only if you want to travel to other places, you should take taxi.

By Bus - The Bus Stand will be at Thampanoor in Trivandrum and from there the temple is only 1 km away. Take an Auto and you can comfortably reach the temple b paying an auto fare about Rs 15 to 20.

From Kovalam you can reach the Sri Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple which will be about 20 km away. There are many KSRTC AC Low Floor Bus available from Kovalam towards East Fort. The Bus fare will just Rs. 25 to 30 per person.

This is the best trip to be taken from Kovalam and this prevents getting cheated by Taxi drivers and Auto drivers, who ask for lot of money for taking you to the temple from Kovalam.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Location of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Being its ideal location in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram city, Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple can easily be reached by bus, train, and flight. The inter-state highway, National Highway 47 (NH 47) connects Thiruvananthapuram to all major cities and nearby states including Kollam, Ernakulam (Kochi), Thrissur, Nagercoil, Coimbatore, Kanyakumari, Chennai, and Bangalore.
Trivandrum Central Railway Station is the nearest railway station to reach Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.
Thiruvananthapuram Central Bus Station is a kilometer away from the temple, while Trivandrum City Bus Station at East Fort is located opposite to Lord Padmanabhaswamy Temple.
Trivandrum International Airport, around 7 km from the city center, is the nearest airport.
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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple can easily be accessed by road being its ideal location near the Trivandrum City Bus Station in East Fort, Thiruvananthapuram. The inter-state highway, National Highway 47 (NH 47) connects Thiruvananthapuram to all major cities and nearby states including Kollam, Ernakulam (Kochi), Thrissur, Nagercoil, Coimbatore, Kanyakumari, Chennai, and Bangalore.

Nearest Railway Station

Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station is the nearest railway station, just 1 km away from Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Trivandrum Central Railway Station is one of the major railway stations in Kerala, managed by Southern Railways. Himsagar Express (Kanyakumari - Kashmir), Rajdhani Express, Howrah Express, Sabari Express (Trivandrum – Hyderabad), and Guruvayur Express (Chennai – Guruvayoor) are some of the major trains passing through Trivandrum Railway Station.

Nearest Bus Station

Thiruvananthapuram City Bus Station at East Fort is the nearest bus station to reach the temple. The City Bus Station is just a walking distance from the temple. Thiruvananthapuram Central Bus Station, situated opposite to the railway station, is just a kilometer away from the temple.

By Flight / Airport

Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport to reach Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. The airport is just 7 km from the temple.
The Contact Address of Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple can be seen here.
Contact Address / Location
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Mathilakom Office
East Fort
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Kerala, India
Pin Code - 695023

Contact Telephone Numbers

Phone – 0471 – 2450233; 2466830
Fax - 0471 - 2450233

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple Architecture

Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple is renowned for its sculptural beauty. With the ancient work of art in stone and bronze, the mural paintings and wood carvings, this ancient temple is a fine specimen of the Dravidian style of architecture. Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple stands majestically beside the holy tank, named Padma Theertham (meaning the lotus spring). The tower at the entrance is a seven-storey and about 35 meter (100 foot) in height. Decked with beautiful stone carvings, this tower is constructed in South Indian architecture. There is an eighty-foot flag post (Dhwaja stambha) in front of the temple which is covered with gold plated copper sheets.
Sree Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple has some interesting features such as the Bali Peeda Mandapam and Mukha Mandapam. These halls are decorated with beautiful sculptures of various Hindu deities. Another notable part is the Navagraha Mandapa whose ceiling displays the Navagrahas.
Broad Corridor with 365 and 1/4 Sculptured Granite Stone Pillars
Extending from the eastern side into the sanctum sanctorum is a broad corridor which has 365 and one-quarter sculptured granite-stone pillars with beautiful carvings. The remarkable touch of the artisans is felt in a piece of carving which has the figure of an elephant on one side and that of a bull on the other. It is notable that the horns of the bull look like the tusks of the elephant when seen from the other side and the trunk of the elephant seems like the hump for the bull.
There is a ground floor under the gopuram (main entrance in the eastern side) which is known as the 'Nataka Sala'. Here the famous temple art of Kerala, the Kathakali, was staged in the night during the annual ten-day Padmanabhaswamy Temple Festival (Uthsavam), held during the Malayalam months of Meenam and Thulam.

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple Visiting Hours

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple opens daily at 03:30 AM and closes at 07:20 PM. However, there are specific timings for darshan.
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple Darshan Timings in Morning
03:30 AM to 04:45 AM
06:30 AM to 07:00 AM
8.30 AM to 10:00 AM
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
11:45 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening Darshan Timings of Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple
05:00 PM to 06:15 PM
06:45 PM to 07:20 PM
Please note that the temple worship timings are subject to change during festival occasion.
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple Dress Code
Only Hindus are permitted inside the temple. And dress codes are to be strictly followed before entering the temple. Men should wear 'Mundu' or 'Dhoti' while visiting the temple. They also have to remove shirt or t-shirt above waist. Women have to wear Sari (Saree), Mundum Neriyathum (set-mundu), Skirt and Blouse, or Half Sari. This means no pants for men or churidhar for women is allowed inside the temple.
Dhotis are available for rent near temple locker room. Nowadays temple authorities allow to wear Dhotis over pants or churidhar for the convenience of devotees.

Rs 90000 Crore Gold Treasure found in Kerala Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple as on Sunday

Around 90,000 crore worth treasure (Nidhi) has been found in the secret cellars of the famous Kerala Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu - Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram). The 7 member paper appointed by the Supreme Court of India, has been preparing the list of valuable found in the cellars of Sri Padmanabhaswami Temple. The temple has 6 Secret Cellars (Nilavara – a place to keep assets safe) from Cellar A to Cellar F. Opening of each of these chambers is revealing a virtual treasure trove with precious diamonds, golden ornaments, emeralds, jewelleries, rare antique silver and brass platters and golden idols. An estimation of above 90,000 crore treasure was valued at the completion of the 6th day of valuing the assets of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.
Golden idol of Mahavishnu worth Rs. 500 Crore
The main treasure found on the 6th day was a one foot (12 angulams) height golden idol of Lord Mahavishnu and a 30 kg golden ‘anki’. This golden idol of Lord Vishnu is believed to be the replica of the ‘utsava vigraham' used in the temple. The golden idol of Padmanabhaswamy studded with more than 1000 previous stones is valued to around Rs. 500 Crore. Another golden idol of Lord Sree Krishna was also found which weighs around 5 kg.

Kerala Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple Gold Treasure worth 90,000 Crore
Golden Coins, Ornaments, and Human figurine
Several golden coins were also unearthed yesterday which are believed to be issued during the reign of Krishnadeva Rayar in the 16th century AD. Numerous golden ornaments which were used to adorn the main deity were also found in the Vault marked A. Ornaments studded with emeralds were also found on Saturday. Numerous golden human figurine weighing 1 kg, golden bangles, golden rope, are other interesting treasure found in the Vishnu Temple.
Golden Coconut Shells
Another interesting finding was two coconut shells made of pure gold. One of this golden coconut shell was students with rare antique stones including emeralds and rubies.
Cellar B To Open on Monday
Cellar B is the remaining one secret vault which is yet to be inventoried. It is said that this cellar haven’t been opened for more than 100 years. The remaining articles in Cellar A will be inventoried on Monday afternoon and Cellar B will be opened only after that.

Worship Services at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Unlike other Hindu temples in India, there are specific timings for having darshan of Sree Padmanabhaswamy. The temple still carries the old age tradition and heritage of Kerala. Only Hindus are allowed to enter the temple to worship the Lord. Also, devotees need to follow specific dress code as well. Men have to use Dhoti or Mundu and no shirt or Baniyan should be worn by males. Women devotees can use Saree. Dhotis can be worn over pants or churidhar.
The worshiping services at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple starts from 03:30 AM in the morning and the temple closes after pooja at 07:20 PM.

Kerala Temple Treasure: Value of Wealth Rises up to above 1,00,000 Crore

  When the last of the six cellers of Lord Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple chamber were opened on Saturday July 2 a gold idol weighing at least 35 kg was found, along with several other gold, diamond and silver articles.
On Saturday sources close to the temple informed that the total value of the wealth found in the secret chambers of Lord Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple is estimated at over 1,00,000 crore.
On Friday, when the fifth chamber was opened, the wealth was estimated at about Rs 50,000 crore, while in the sixth chamber, the wealth was found in abundance.
A special police force has been deployed at the temple premises as a security measure. ADGP Venugopal K Nayar has been appointed head of the police security.
It is learnt that the ornaments and valuables were stored in the chambers under a complicated locking system. The team of observers, along with experts struggled to open the secret door. Sources said that to open one chamber experts spent not less than six hours to undo the lock.