The Padmanabhaswamy Temple is located at the capital city of Kerala,Trivandrum.Dedicated to Lord Vishnu,the temple is one among the 108 Divya Desams[Holy city of Lord Vishnu]in India.The inception of this majestic temple is not known,however the known history of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple is from 8th century onwards.The deity’s idol here is the reclining pose of Lord Vishnu,and it is said by many devotees that a mere glimpse at the idol evokes a sense of spiritual bliss.The architecture of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple is like any other South Indian Temple and is no less than stunning.
The seven storeyed Gopuram standing 35 meters high is the prime attraction of the temple.There are nine entrances to the temple which signifies the nine orifices of the human body.A striking feature of the temple is the Ottakkal Mandapamin front of the main sanctum which is built out of a single slab of granite and its pillars covered by gold.Millions of devotees and tourists visit the Padmanabhaswamy Temple every year.It is to be notes that only Hindus are allowed inside the temple building.Other visitors can enjoy the grand architecture of the temple and its royal premises.Also,there are certain strict dress codes to be followed while getting inside the sanctum.Men must wear only a Mundu or Dhothi around their waist and Saree for ladies.
The temple has recently attained international fame following the news of its assets inside the secret vaults underground.There are six vaults or chambers which are now named A,B,C,D,E,F which consists of more than a trillion dollar worth of gold,diamonds and other priceless collections of the Travancore Royal Family.This made the Padmanabhaswamy Temple the richest temple in the World.The temple vaults has been a subject of mystery for more than a decade.Out of the six vaults,the “B” vault is not opened and it is claimed by the royal family and its authorities that it must not be opened and if it happens,it will bring chaos to the world and probably result in the end of the world.A fascinating aspect of the Vault B as said by many is that its door cannot be opened by any means,let it be any latest advanced machineries of the 21st century.They say the vaults B is guarded by “Naga Bhandam”, some sort of serpent magic.It can only be opened by a sage chanting the “Garyda Mantra”.Altogether the temple is a delight for travellers and is a must visit place in Kerala
The temple timings are-morning 6 am to 12 pm noon and evening 4:30 pm to 9 pm at night.
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