Padmanabha Swamy Temple of Thiruvananthapuram, the treasure of this temple remains a mystery till now

The Padmanabha Swamy Temple, which looks like a huge fort built in the middle of Thiruvananthapuram, is an important place of faith for devotees.

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Reclining statue

Here devotees get divine darshan of the reclining statue of Lord Vishnu from different doors. In this idol, Sheshnag's mouth is open as if Sheshnag is smelling the lotus in the hands of Lord Vishnu. Statues of Sridevi and Bhudevi, both queens of Lord Vishnu, are installed around the statue. In this idol, the statue of Jagat Father Brahma is installed on the lotus emanating from the navel of Lord Vishnu. In the main room where Vishnu is a statue in the reclining posture of Lord God, there are many lamps kept burning, the light of these lamps is visible to God.

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Golden studded gopuram

Along with extremely tight security arrangements in the temple, there are rules for the entry of devotees here. Men can enter only by wearing a dhoti and it is mandatory for women to wear a sari. Entrance to other ba si li bass is prohibited here. There is a golden pillar in the temple, whose devotees keep staring at the beauty. The golden studded gopuram of the temple is of seven floors, 35 meters high. Fine workmanship is also seen in the temple spread over several acres.

Beach bath

A specialty of Sri Padmanabha Temple is that in this temple the sleeping idols of Lord Vishnu, sitting and standing idols are installed. In the sanctum sanctorum, the idol of Lord Vishnu in the bed of Lord Vishnu is decorated with flowers. The standing idol of Lord Vishnu is taken out of the temple on festive occasions. Religious ceremonies occur twice a year. In this ceremony ‘Aout’ (holy bath) is performed. In this ceremony the idols of Lord Vishnu, Narasimha and Lord Shri Krishna are taken outside the city to the sea shore and bathed.

History of temple

The history of the temple is very old. According to the Mahabharata, Shri Krishna's elder brother Balarama came to this temple and worshiped here. It is believed that the temple was established 5000 years ago on the first day of Kali Yuga, but it was rebuilt in 1733 by King Marthanda Varma of Travancore. Here Lord Vishnu is adorned with ornaments of pure gold.

What secret is hidden in the basement

In addition to the precious diamonds and jewels, goldsmiths and ancient statues were also found there, when the five cellars under the Sripadmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala, which were closed for centuries, were opened. But people are also afraid to go around the sixth basement door. While everyone knows that in this sixth door, the world's highest treasure is hidden behind this door.

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But as soon as there is talk of opening the sixth door of this temple, there is a mention of stories of untoward. There are three doors in this basement, the first door is made of iron rods. The second is a heavy door made of wood and then the last door is a very strong door made of iron which is closed and cannot be opened. Actually there is no bolt in the sixth door, nor latch. The gate has reflections of two snakes that guard this gate. It is said that one can open this gate only by uttering the ascetic 'Garuda Mantra'. If the pronunciation is not done correctly, it will die. Earlier people have tried to open this door but everyone had to see the door of death.

An article published in a newspaper in 1930 was very scary. According to author Emily Gilchrist Hatch, in 1908, when some people opened the sixth cellar door of the Padmanabhaswamy temple, they had to flee to save their lives because there was a multi-headed King Cobra sitting in the basement and a swarm of serpents around it. All the people closed the door and saved their lives and ran away.

There is also a story behind this cellar. It is said that about 136 years ago a situation of famine arose in Thiruvananthapuram. Then the temple staff tried to open this sixth basement and they had to pay for it. Suddenly, he began to hear the sound of water filling the temple with high speed and noise. He immediately closed the door after this. People here believe that this sixth cell of the temple is directly connected to the Arabian Sea. If someone breaks the sixth door to acquire the treasure, the sea water inside will drain the treasure.

Unique setting

The architecture of the Padmanabha Swamy Temple, built between the beach and lush green hills, is made as soon as the architecture of the temple is used. This temple is located inside the eastern fort and its complex is very vast, which is realized by seeing its seven-storey gopuram. Built in Kerala and Dravidian architecture, this temple is a splendid example of South Indian architecture. Padma Tirtham, Holy Kund, Kulasekar Mandap and Navaratri Mandap add to this temple beauty manifold. Around 260 years old, only Hindus can enter this temple. Men are only allowed to wear white dhoti as lingerie. The temple has two major anniversaries, one in the month of Pankuni in South India which takes place from 15 March to 14 April, and the other in the month of Appsey which is from October to November.

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