The God's own country is full of surprises in any which way you go. There are some serene green fields of tea gardens, the enchanting waterfalls, the rich wildlife and the beaches that are hard to miss! There is another historic beauty of Kerala that you can't miss if you are planning to travel to this beautiful state. We are talking about the Padmanabha Swamy Temple of Kerala which is known for its stunning architecture and unsolved mysteries. The temple has a huge historic and religious significance. It is where the devotees of South Indians offer their prayers. The Padmanabhaswamy Temple is a beautiful blend of history and religion and it interests both the Hindu followers and those who are interested in the historic architecture.
Why is it so famous?
Padmanabhaswamy Temple is considered as the richest temple in the world. It is located in the capital city of Trivnanthampuram is one of the oldest temples of the country. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. But, the most intriguing feature of the temple is its architecture. It is a massive temple adorned with the detailed sculptures that are pleasing to look at. The temple also a hold great mythological value among the Hindu devotees. The temple is administered and run by the royal family of the Trivandrum.Thiruvananthapuram
The architecture of the temple
Padmanabhaswamy Temple temple showcases the beautiful architecture style. It has a blend of indigenous Kerala and Tamil style architecture. The temple was built in the 8th century making it one of the oldest temple in the country. The temple has a main structure of the typical Southern architectural style of Gopuram, the decorative entrance structure which is very prominent in the temples of South. The structure of the temple is adorned with the beautiful sculptures carved on the high and huge walls and interiors of the building. You will also come across the murals on the wall which were painted thousands of years ago and depicts the history of the ancient India.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the form of Padmanabhaswamy who is the primary deity of the temple along with 106 Divya Desams. The main deity of Lord Vishnu is dedicated to the god reclining on the serpents. The serpents are depicted in the position with the heard inwards as a sign of respect and contemplation.
The exteriors of the building are plated with gold colours which shines very brightly under the rays of the sun.
What’s the mystery behind this temple?
There were lot of mysteries surrounding the temple especially regarding the treasure that this temple has been hiding for years. However, in 2011 the Supreme court ordered a team to look into the secret vaults of the temple. There were six vaults in the temple premises marked as A to F for the purpose of bookkeeping. The vaults A,C,D,E,F were opened and a large number of gold articles were found from the secret vaults. There was a huge idol of Mahavishnu reportedly 3 and a half inch tall. The idol is made entirely in gold which is studded with diamonds and rubies. Other gold articles such as idols, vases, jewellery, bangles, gold chain and coins were found. The treasure is reported to cost 1.2 lakh crore without taking into account the cultural and historical value of the treasure.
The most interesting fact still remains is that the vault B is still not opened and it is believed to be the richest one with no one knowing how much gold it has been hiding behind its walls. Although, all the vaults have been opened in the past several times and concrete information is missing about the vaults that still remain locked.
The legend has it that the vault B is protected by two cobras and anyone who has tried to will try to open and enter the vaults will have to face serious consequences.
But according to the facts, there has been strong dissent from the royal family of Trivandrum to open the vault B. Also, the temple authorities and priests of the temple are strictly against the opening of the remaining vault.
Two more vaults G and H were also found in the investigation but there have been no attempts to open them.
Padmanabhaswamy Temple during the equinox
Padmanabhaswamy Temple If you have the chance to witness the temple at the equinox, then you are up for a visual treat. Equinox is when earth’s equator passes through the center of the sun. This phenomenon happens twice a year. The Gopuram of the temple is constructed in such a way that on the equinox the sun passes through the center of the Gopuram making the temple to shine to its brightest. The golden exterior of the temple shines making a beautiful landscape. The Gopuram is built in the pure Dravidian style and is adorned with the beautiful sculptures carved on it.
Why should you visit Padmanabhaswamy Temple?
Padmanabhaswamy Temple is one of the most famous temple in Kerala. It is a holy adobe for the Hindu devotees who follow Lord Vishnu. Every year thousands of people visit the temple to offer their prayers to the deity.
Not just this, it is one of the oldest temples in the country constructed during the Dravidian era built in the 6th century AD. It has a rich history of the past times and gives you insight into the ancient period and culture.
The temple is full of mysteries. It has secret chambers which is full of gold making it the richest temple of the world. Although, you are not allowed to visit the chambers but the feel of being around it gives the chill.
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