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Padmanabhaswamy Temple,Padmanabhaswamy Temple Kerala

Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu is located inside the east fort in Thruvananthapuram , Which is the capital city of the state Kerala. This temple is totally structured with Dravidian styles of architecture. It is believed to be the world's richest temple.
The complete history of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple dates back to the 8th century. Lord Vishnu is the god in this temple , who is seen reclining on Anantha, the hooded serpent.
Marthanda Varma, One of the kings of Travancore, had made major changes of development for the structures of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple which can be seen even today. He was the one (Marthanda Varma) who introduced the Murajapam and Bhadra Deepam festivals in the temple.
The word Murajapam, means continuous chanting of prayers, is still followed in the temple once every six years.
In the Year 1750, King Marthanda Varma dedicated the entire kingdom of Travancore to Lord Padmanabha. He also announced that the royal family will rule the entire state on behalf of the lord . He also declared that he and his successors of the comming generations would serve the kingdom as Padmanabha Dasa or the servent of Lord Padmanabha. Since then the name of every Travancore King will start or end with the title Padmanabha Dasa. The complete donation of the Travencore kingdom to Lord Padmanabhaswamy is known as Thripadidanam.
The word Thiruvananthapuram, which is also the capital city of kerala is taken from the presiding deity of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, who is also called as Anantha(One who lie on the serpent Anantha). The word 'Thiruvananthapuram' refers to the land of Sree Anantha Padmanabhaswamy.

The Idols
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The idol of Sree Padmanabhaswamy is so precious that it was made from 12008 salagramams, which were taken from Nepal, from the banks of the river Gandhaki.
The main Garbhagriha which is also called sanctum sanctorum of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple is located on a stone slab and the main idol of lord Padmanabhaswamy, which is about 18 ft long, can be viewed through 3 different doors. The head and the chest can be seen through the first door; the hands can be seen through the second door and the feet through the 3rd door.

Aesthetics and Architecture
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The temple architecture is well designed in stone and bronze. The temple interiors are completely designed and painted. Some of the sculptures are beautiful carved from the stone of life-size of Lord Vishnu in the reclining posture, and many more of Narasimha swami,Gaja lakshmi and Lord Ganesha.
The Temple has a dhwaja stamba?(flag post) which is about 80 ft high and is made of gold plated copper sheets.
The temple halls are decorated with beautiful sculptures of various Hindu Gods. Another beautiful structures that captures our attention is the Navagraha Mandapam, the ceiling which displays the navagrahas(the nine planets of the solar system).
In the eastern side of the temple the sanctum sanctorum is extended broad corridor which has a total of 365 sculptures granite -stone pillars with beautiful carvings. There is also a ground floor below the main entrance to the eastern side, which is also known as the nataka sala(Drama hall).
This is the palce of kerala's classical art form, the Katha kali is performed during the annual ten-day festival at the temple, which is held in the Malayalam months of Meenam and Thulam.

Worship time at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
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Morning Hours
Evening Hours
Please note that the temple worship timings will change during the festival occasions.

Dress Code to be followed at the Temple
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A Dress code must be followed to enter the temple of padmanabhaswamy. Men should wear dhoti (or) mundu (which is worn around the waist and going down to the heels) and should not wear any shirts (or) any kind . Women need to wear sari,mundum neriyathum,skirt and blouse (or) half sari.