Sri Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple is being hailed as one of the richest temples in the world. It is situated in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Recently gold ornaments worth nearly 1 lakh crore were found in the temple making it one of the richest temples in the world.
Lord Anantha Padmanabha Swamy is reclining on a thousand hooded snake called the Adisesha and the lord is absorbed in Yoganidra with Sridevi and Bhoodevi by his side. Lord Brahma is seen in a lotus emanating from the Lord’s naval and the Linga is seen near the left hand which shows Chinmudra. Other deities like Garuda, Narada and Indra and the devas are seen worshipping the Lord.
Anantha Padmanabha Swamy is worshipped here through three doors, the face in the south, the navel in the middle and the holy feet in the north. There are separate shrines for Ganapati, Narasimha , Shiva, Subramanya and Lord Rama. The Gopuram is about 100 feet tall and is a seven tier one. The corridor is a broad one of around 25 foot and there are about 324 pillars leading to the sanctum. An 80 foot tall golden flagstaff adorns the shrine.
Temples in South India are particular about the dress code and in Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala, gents are supposed to wear dhotis and take off their shirts before entering the temple and also ladies must change over to saris before entering the temple. However nowadays there are options to hire these dresses near the temple premises.
About Thiruvananthapuram : Thiruvananthapuram is well connected by road and rail and the nearest airport is about 6 km from the city.