The largest and most renowned temple in Kerala, the Ananthapadmanabhaswamy temple is considered as one of the 108 shrines that are sacred in the tradition of Sree Vaishnavite (dedicated to Lord Vishnu). A well-known historical landmark of the city, this temple in Kerala exhibits a fine and unique blend of Dravidian and Keralite architecture. The presiding deity of the Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple, Lord Vishnu is seen in the ' Ananthashayanam' styled posture. The temple is one of the most dominating structures of Thiruvananthapuram and overlooks the Padma Theertham Tank.
History of Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple
The ruler of Travencore, Raja Marthanda Varma renovated the Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple in the 18th century (1733 A.D) and much of the structure as it is seen today is the result of such a renovation.
Description of Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple
The Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple is characterized by many beautiful pillars, exquisite and delicate carvings as well as Mural paintings. The temple houses a seven storied tower called 'Gopuram', a typical of the Dravidian features which is adorned with a splendid array of different gods, goddesses, nymphs, sprites and demons. Outside the beautiful courtyard of the Ananthapadmanabhaswamy temple, there are a number of souvenir shops selling handicrafts, woodcarvings and sandalwood items.
Festivals of Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple
The Navarathri Festival is held every year during the months of October/November. Musical concerts are held during this time at the Navarathri Mandapam which is adjacent to the main temple building.