Hey, are you a fan of visiting historic places ? then let me introduce you to Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, richest temple in the world!!!
Sreepadmanabhaswamy temple is a temple built in chera and dravidian style with a 16 century gopura and is situated in thiruvananthapuram, kerela ,India. The temple has lord vishnu as the deity and travencore kings are the govering body of the temple.
How to reach
Nearest airport : Trivandrum international airport
Nearest railway station : trivandrum central railway station.
The temple is situated inside the east fort with many other palaces and remains of old city and buildings related to the temple ,east fort is a busy crowded place and bus and other transportation is always avaliable.
The temple is open for darshan from 8:30 in the morning to 7:20pm in the evening (timing may change due to covid )
DARSHAN AND TICKETS
Temple has arrangments for free darshan ,special tickets are avaliable at a cost of Rs.150 and with prasadm it costs Rs.180
Due to covid situation ,one should take a online darshan ticket prehand inorder to enter the temple and only limited number of people is allowed inside the temple.
ONLY HINDUS ARE ALLOWED INSIDE THE TEMPLE. FOREIGNERS ARE ALLOWED INSIDE THE TEMPLE ONLY IF THEY PROVE THAT THEY FOLLOW HINDU RELIGION.
WHAT TO WEAR OR DRESS CODE
A strict code should be followed inorder to enter the temple.
Only dhoti or white mundu is allowed ,if you are wearing a chest cloth (melmundu) then you have to tie it around the waist once you enter the temple.
SHIRT ,TEE SHIRT OR ANY DRESS COVERING THE UPPER PART OFTHE BODY IS NOT ALLOWED.
Women should wear saree or half saree or long skirt and blouse .If you are wearing salwar or churidar or kurthi then you have to tie a dhoti around it.
NO DRESS MAKING THE LEGS LOOK SEPERATED LIKE JEANS ,PANTS ETC ARE ALLOWED.
There are arrangements for buying dhothi and changing dress is available in front of the temple.
CLOAK ROOM AND BAGGAGES
Baggages and electronic gadgets are not allowed inside the temple ,it should be kept inthe cloak roam just outside the temple.
FOOTWEAR IS NOT ALLOWED INSIDE THE TEMPLE AND SHOULD BE KEPT IN FOOTWEAR KEEPING AREA OUTSIDE THE TEMPLE.
Food items are not allowed inside the temple.
A SMALL TRAVEL EXPERIENCE OF MY FRIEND NARRATED BY ME
Its 4pm in the evening, dad was sitting in front of the tv ,news was played in high volume ,he was thrilled and i was too , the news reader with thier crew was eagerly announcing the opening of the secret chambers of padmanabhaswamy temple. People around the world was astonished when they discovered about the huge sea of gold and jewels buried inside the old temple!!!!
Days and months passed by, one fine morning me and my friends decided to take a visit to the famous temple, we woke up in the morning and took a shower, it was 7 in the morning when we reached the main entrance of east fort. The majestic arch stood magnificent and beautiful and it called out the history of travencore kings , i am a person who is fascinated by history and interested in reading, i got to know more about the east fort , the life inside the east fort during the royal period, the life of royal family and the construction of palaces inside and outside the east fort , the relation of royal family and the temple and all from a book called ‘THE IVORY THRONE’ By Manu S Pillai .
There is a busy street inside the east fort which is still on the verge of waking up ,after 8 am the street becomes real busy that you need to have real good driving skills to drive through the street! When i entered through the arch i felt like i am travelling back in time even though there was mordern buildings we could see all kind of kerela traditional style bulidings , palaces and houses of brahmins etc which is not a usual scene outside the fort , there were also many small temples and statues of cows which is related to the main temple and place looks divine !
We reached the front of the temple , vehicles are allowed only at a distance from the main gate of the temple ,baricade is placed and police guards near the starting of temple pond , the temple pond is real massive one but now its restricted to public , there are also buildings which visually merges into the pond water , these chambers are used for storing special materials used for bathing the deity during special occasions and also there is soo many stories about the pond stating that it is divine.
On the left side there is temple pond and on right side there is soo many old buildings which has stores which sells flowers and other items needed for rituals in the temple and also there is a cloak room where we can store our valubles while visiting the temple.
Amoung the buildings there is a building which has a bell in between the heads of two goats which is of traditional importance and is called ‘ METHAN MANI ‘.
Finally we reached the golden tower of padmanabhaswamy temple its really beautiful since it was early in the morning the place was not that crowded , we climbed through the stairs and reached the entrance where there is a counter from where we could buy special passess, we bought special passes and they in return gave us a silver plate with some fruits and flowers and other offerings for the god , next we passes through a metal detector and had thorough body scaning to rule out any possibility of mobile phones and electronic gadgets.
I forgot to tell something we are wearing skirt and top because pants is not allowed for both men and women inside the temple, men should wear traditional dhothi and women should wear saree ,davani , skirt and blouse and if you are wearing some dress with pant then you should drape a dhothi around to cover your pants and dhotis are avaliable near the cloak room and changing room is also avaliable.
I was really astonished to see the beautifully carved stone walls of the temple and we were inside the entrance passage which led us into the main square where the main temples and sub temples where located and the passage went around the temple like a square , as we walked through the passage we saw a long queue and it was for darshan. since we had special pass there was no need for us to stand in the queue, we entered through a seperate door and was allowed to stand near the statue of god and have darshan.
The statue of padmanabhaswamy was huge and there were three doors and we could only see the god as three parts through the three doors and it was a divine sight, we went down another stair to a counter were they took silver plate from us and packed the fruits, flowers and prasadham for us along with the aravana payasam( sweet dessert) which is my favorite, we walked through the temple moving from sub temple of one god to another but this time we are not privilaged we should also stand in the long queue for darshan, after all the darshan we sat on a small low wall near the mandapams , i wondered where the nilavaras(secret chambers) was! The place is huge and filled with sand and beautiful ambience it was a pleasure to come and sit on those temple stairs ,this place has a super power to calm the mind of the one who is visiting the place.
We sat there for a while and called it a day and headed out promising ourself we will surely be back for the lakshadeepam festival(the festival of lamps), WILL YOU BE VISITING THIS PLACE SOON????