Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple and More Trivandrum provide something for each and everybody. If you are going to visit the Trivandrum for religious purposes then there are lots of temples in this city which you should visit. The city has some of the world-famous temples and also lots of small temples which you should definitely visit during your trip to the Trivandrum. It is one of the best places to worship the god and feel connected to him.
So keep in mind that this list contents all the various temples and their specialties. no other tourist spots are covered in the scope of this article. First, we will be taking a look over all the small and other temples and then at the last, we will take a look at the world famous Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. So if you are only interested in getting the information regarding that temple then I recommend you should directly move on to the last section of this article and to those who are interested in other temples as well just keep on reading this article.
PAZHAVANGADI GANAPATHY TEMPLE – TRIVANDRUM
As the name suggests this temple is dedicated to the Lord Ganesha. The main idol of Lord Ganesha Which is situated in this Thiruvananthapuram temple is also quite unique. The Ganesha Idol is in a seated position with the right leg folded. This main deity of Lord Ganesha or also known as Maha Ganapathy is one of the most beautiful structures or shrine of Lord Ganesha in the Kerala. This temple is around walkable distance from the world renowned Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple. The idol is facing East direction. After the integration of the royal family Travancore army with the Indian Army the temple is now maintained by the Indian army. To enter this temple like many of the Temples in Kerala Men have to wear Mundu which is a traditional piece of clothing and should not wear any upper body clothes like shirt or t-shirt. For women, it is satisfactory to wear any of the traditional attires like Saree. In this temple, there are various sculptures among them there are 32 different sculptures which represent different forms of Lord Ganesha. Along with the main deity, Ganesha people also come here to worship many other deities such as Shree Durga, Shastha, Nagaraja which are present in the temple.
ATTUKAL BHAGAVATHY TEMPLE – THIRUVANANTHAPURAM
This temple is a very small Trivandrum temple dedicated to the Attukal Bhagavathy or Attukal Devi holds a very special position. It is also known as the Sabarimala of women. This temple attracts large women crowd during the Attukal Pongala Festival. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. Which really is a form of Mahakali who successfully killed the demon Daruka and it is said that she was born from the third eye of Lord Shiva. Bhadra basically means Good and Kali means Goddess of time. so if you were to put these terms together you will find that Bhadrakali is considered to be Goddess of Prosperity as well as Salvation. As I mentioned earlier the Temple is really famous for Attukal Pongala festival where over three million women take part. This temple is also situated in the heart of the Trivandrum and it is also just 2 km away from the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. So if you are planning a trip to the Trivandrum and don’t visit this place then your trip will definitely be incomplete. There is no exact dress code to be followed for visiting this temple, But men are asked to remove their top area clothing. It is advisable for women not to visit the temple in shorts and other revealing outfits. The temple also holds a place in Guinness book of world records for being a place for largest women gathering for a religious purpose. The temple is open for visiting for all the devotees and tourists between the periods of Morning 4:30 to afternoon 12:30 and in the evening it is opened from 5 pm to 8:30 pm. I seriously recommend you not to miss this place.
AAZHIMALA SIVA TEMPLE – TRIVANDRUM
This is also one of the most beautiful temples you will ever see in the city of Trivandrum. The most beautiful part of this temple is that it is situated near a beach called Aazhimala. It takes around 30 minutes of travelling by road from the main Trivandrum city to the Aazhimala Beach. The beach itself provides you with a different experience and the Shiva Temple is also a great addition. This is one of the best places where you can meditate. If you plan to visit the temple then I really advise you to visit it during the time of sunset as it looks much more beautiful. The Lord Shiva Idol which is the main deity of this temple is facing the Arabian sea and it looks marvellous. There is no specific dress code to visit this temple although it is advisable not wear revealing clothing.
This is the main reason why most of the people around the world visit the city of the Trivandrum. This great temple is mostly famous because of its mix architectural style which includes both the fusion of Keraliya Architecture as well as the Dravidian Architecture. This temple features High walls and 16th-century Gopuram. Gopuram is a Sanskrit word which translates to Monumental tower which you will find mostly at the entrances of the many temples. If you see this temple Architecturally it is similar to the Adikesava Perumal temple which is located in Kanyakumari District. The main deity of this temple Lord Vishnu is Enshrined in the “Anantha Shayanam” posture. Which means that the Lord Vishnu is in a complete resting position on a serpent with heads of the serpent resting over the Lord Vishnu’s Head. The idol is a must see. There are lots of myths and religious stories linked with this temple. There are mainly six vaults in this temple each of them has gold, silver, diamonds and other historical artefacts which are so expensive that you can’t even imagine the number that comes when all of the wealth is combined. Out of these vaults, The vault B of this temple still remains unopened and it is said that it can be only opened using a secret chant and it is believed that if the door is forcefully opened then something bad will happen to that person.
Although visitors are not allowed to see such things you can visit the temple for viewing its architectural style. The gopuram which is mostly made out of gold, A large Vishnu idol in the resting position which is extremely rare to find covered in gold ornaments as well. You will definitely feel a better connection with the God when you visit this place. This temple is handled by the Royal Family of Travancore. The devotees visiting this temple must strictly follow the dress code which is for men is to wear Dhoti or Mundu without any upper clothing you can use Angavastra to cover your upper body. for women, they must wear traditional attire such as Sarees, Dhoties or Pavadas with a blouse. Keep in mind that this temple only allows the visitors who profess Hindu Religion. So make sure before visiting this temple you are comfortable with all their terms and conditions. One of the reasons behind its popularity is padmanabhaswamy temple treasure which is come into existence after opening the secret chambers of the temples.
Trivandrum offers lots of ways to feel connected with God, you can easily worship your idols all you need to do is just follow and respect the tradition of each temple and do not meddle with them. Even if you are unable to visit the Padmanabhaswamy Temple you can enjoy a visit to other temples as well as other things which Trivandrum offers.