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     Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple


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          Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The origin of the Temple of Sree Padmanabhaswamy is lost in antiquity. It is not possible to determine with any exactitude, from any reliable historical documents or other sources as to when and by whom the original idol of Sree Padmanabhaswamy was consecrated.bhaswamy was consecrated.


          The Temple has references in Epics and Puranas. Srimad Bhagavatha says that Balarama visited this Temple, bathed in Padmatheertham and made several offerings. The temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil literature canon of the Tamil Alvar saints (6th–9th centuries AD), with structural additions to it made throughout the 16th century, when its ornate Gopuram was constructed. The Temple is a replica of the famous Sri Adikesavaperumal Temple at Thiruvattar.Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple gave its name to Kerala’s state capital Thiruvananthapuram. ‘Thiru’ ‘Anantha’ ‘Puram’ means Sacred Abode of Lord Anantha Padmanabha.


     Temple assets

          The temple and its assets belong to Lord Padmanabhaswamy, and are controlled by a trust run by the Royal family. T P Sundara Rajan's litigations changed the way the world looked at the Temple. The Kerala High Court ordered the temple and its assets be managed by the State on 31 January 2011. As trustees of the temple, the Travancore Royal family have challenged the Kerala High Court's decision in the Supreme Court of India.


 

          In June 2011, the Supreme Court directed the authorities from the archaeology department and fire servicesto open the secret chambers of the temple for inspection of the items kept inside.The temple has 6 vaults (Kallaras), labeled as A to F for book keeping purpose by the Court. While vaults A and B have been unopened over the past many years, vaults C to F have been opened from time to time. The two priests of the temple, the 'Periya Nambi' and the 'Thekkedathu Nambi', are the custodians of the four vaults, C to F, which are opened periodically. The Supreme Court had directed that "the existing practices, procedures and rituals" of the temple be followed while opening vaults C to F and using the articles inside. Vaults A and B shall be opened only for the purpose of making an inventory of the articles and then closed.



          The review of the temple's underground vaults was undertaken by a seven-member panel appointed by the Supreme Court of India to generate an inventory, leading to the enumeration of a vast collection of articles that are traditionally kept under lock and key.





     Location


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 Nearest Airport:

 Thiruvanathapuram International Airport

 Road :

 From Airport to spot(4.6 km, 11 mins )


   Directions :


1. Head north-west on International Airport Rd
           170 m

2. Take the 1st right to stay on International Airport Rd
           52 m

3. Continue onto Thiruvananthapuram Airport Exit Rd
           550 m

4. Turn right onto NH Bypass Service Rd Pass by Ananthapuri Hospital (on the right in 350 m)
           400 m

5. Take the 1st left toward NH 47 Bypass Rd
           21 m

6. Take the 1st right onto NH 47 Bypass Rd
           1.0 km

7. At Eanchakkal Roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Eanchakkal Westfort Rd Pass by Lekshmy Opticals (on the left)
           61 m

8. Turn right at Akshara Veedi
           850 m

9. Continue straight onto Attakulangara-Eanchakkal Rd
           600 m

10. Turn left at Attakulankara Madan Kovil onto Trivandrum Vizhinjam Rd
           37 m

11. Turn right onto Attakulangara Killippalam Byepass Rd Pass by Wholesale and Retail Egg Merchant (on the left)
           260 m

12. Turn left Destination will be on the left
           350 m

13.Spot





     Location




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 Nearest Railway station:

 Thiruvanathapuram Central Railway Station

 Road :

 From Thiruvanathapuram Central Railway Station to spot(1.5 km, 4 mins )


   Directions :



1. Head east
           120 m

2. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Salem-Kanyakumari Hwy Pass by Minerva Studio (on the right in 500 m)
           600 m

3. Turn left at Overbridge Junction onto Mahathma Gandhi Rd Pass by S Indian Bank (on the left)
           550 m

4. Turn left
           150 m

5. Turn left
           57 m

6. Turn right Destination will be on the right
           29 m

7.Spot



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