Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple
The Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple, about 1 km from the Trivandrum Railway Station was built in honor of the deity Lord Anantha. In case of architecture it’s a fusion of Kerala style and Dravidian style almost resembling the Tamil Nadu temples. The temple was built in 16 th century with huge walls all around. It is the wealthiest institution and place of worship of any kind in the recorded history of the world.The temple has 100 feet seven tier Gopuram. The Sree Padmanabha recline on the serpant Ananda. The deity of Sri Padmanabha is covered with, "Katusarkara yogam", a special ayurvedic mix,which forms a plaster that keeps the deity clean.The deity can be seen through three doors. The deity Lord Vishnu is enshrined in the "Anantha Shayanam" posture in the temple. Inside the Temple,there are two other important shrines, Thekkedom and Thiruvambadi, for the Deities, Sree Yoga Narasimha and Sree Krishna Swami respectively. The Maharaja of Travancore Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma is the trustee of the temple as Sree Padmanabhadasa. Only those who follow the Hindu faith are permitted entry to the temple and devotees have to strictly follow the dress code.