108 Divya Desams !! Thiruvananthapuram Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Thiruvananthapuram/Parasurama Kshetram/Ananthapuram is one of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu located in Thiruvananthapuram District, Kerala.  This is one of the prominent temples of Lord Vishnu built during 18th century in a Dravidiyan Architectural style with a blend of south Indian architecture and a replica of Thiruvattaru Divya Desam. 

Presiding deity – Moolavar Sri Anantha Padmanabha/Madhavan with his consort Goddess Sri Hari Lakshmi

Theertham – Matsya Theertham, Varaha Theertham,Padma Pushkarani

Vimanam – Hemakooda Vimanam

Prathyaksham to – Ekadasha Rudra, Lord Chandra, Lord Indra, Lord Balarama,

Sannidhis – Linga, Lord Padmanabha with his consorts Goddess Sridevi and Bhudevi, Sage Kaundinya, Lord Brahma, Lord Yoga Narasimha, Lord Krishna, Lord Lakshmi Hayagrivah, Lord Anjaney, Samadhisthal of Vilvamangalam Swamigal,

Mangalasasanam – Nammalvar

Festivals – Panguni Utsavam, Aippasi Utsavam, Vaikundha Ekadashi, Navaratri, Swathi Festival, Lakshadeepam,

The legend has that a Saint Divakara/Vilvamangalam Swamigal underwent severe penance praying to Lord Vishnu and continued to worship a Salagrama idol.  There appeared a two year old boy child; he cleverly taken away the Salagrama idol disappeared into a hollow of a tree briskly.  The Saint angrily chased the child to get back his idol and put a sudden halt before the tree.  Instantaneously, the tree split apart and there appeared Lord Vishnu in his reclining posture as Lord Anantha Padmanabha.

The huge idol of Lord Sripadmanabha was made of 12,000 Salagrama idols and precious jewels with a heavy upper coating of herbs.  The dharshan of Lord is possible only through the three doors positioned here.  Thirumugham (Face) of Lord and Linga is visible through the first door, Thirunabhi (Navel) of Lord along with the Utsavamurtis Lord Padmanabha with his consorts and Sage Divakara can be seen through the second door and Thirupadham (Feet) of the Lord and an idol of Sage Kaundinya through the third door.

This temples remains open from 3.30AM to 12.00PM in the morning and  5.00PM to 8.00PM in the evenings.

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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