Trivandrum AnanthaPadmanabha Vishnu Temple
Trivandrum Anantha PadmanabhaSwamy Vishnu Temple
Trivandrum Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Vishnu temple is an ancient temple located in trivadrum, the capital of Kerala. It was built around the 16th century which is reflected in the Dravidian form of architecture prevalent in those days. Further, its construction is on the same lines as that of Adikesava Perumal temple in Madurai. It is a Vaihnava temple and forms part of the 108 shrines of Divyadesams dedicated purely to Lord Vishnu.
Historians believe that the temple was built long back as records of the temple have been found in the literature of Tamil. A period of 500 BC to 300 BC is earmarked as the exact time period of construction of this magnificent structure. This temple has also found a place in most of the purana of the Hindu culture including the Mahabharata which marks the religious importance of Trivandrum Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Vishnu temple. Who actually built this temple is still unknown; however the idol of Lord Vishnu makes it evident that it must have been constructed by a devotee who was a staunch believer of Lord Vishnu
The temple holds a significant place in terms of religious importance. As it is one of the 108 enshrines of Lord Vishnu, it is believed that all wishes are granted by worshipping this sacred temple. All the more, as per the legends, the idol is a self-manifestation and hence miracles are also reported. Worshippers believe that on performing certain rituals one is devoid of all the evils deeds and is also relieved from the cycle of birth and rebirth.
Legends unfold the story that there was once a sage by the name of Vilvamangalathu Swamiyar who stayed in the Ananthapuram temple. He meditated daily in order to get a glimpse of the Lord. The lord appeared in front of him in the form of a small mischievous child. One day the child messed with the idols which were kept for the daily puja's. This angered the sage and he chased the boy away. After sometime, Swamiyar was passing through the river where one of the ladies was threatening to throw the child in Ananthankadu in case he did not obey her. This gave Swamiyar an idea and he went to Ananthakadu in search of the little boy. Directions were got from the same lady and he searched endlessly for the spot. On reaching there, he saw the same boy on top of a tree. Legends tell that as soon as he saw the boy, the tree fell down and became the famous AnanthaSayanaMoorti. It is the same spot where the temple of Trivandrum Ananthapadmanabhaswamy is built today.
Alpashy festival and Panguni festival are the two important festivals which are held annually. Alpashy festival is observed in the month of October or November and the Panguni festival is celebrated in the month of March and April. The festivals last for a period of 10 days and are held on a grand scale. It attracts thousands of devotees from all over the world.