Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is in fact, one of the 108 Divya Desams (Holy Abodes of Vishnu). is located in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. Lord Vishnu Embellished in gold-plated covering, the temple is opened only to Hindu followers.

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is one of the principal centers of Vaishnava worship in the dharma of Vaishnavism. Maharaja Padmanabhaswamy holds the title of Padmanaswamy which means the ‘Servant of Lord Padmanabhaswamy’.

This temple built as a replica of the Adikesavaperumal Temple in Thiruvattar, the Padmanabhaswamy temple is well-preserved antiquity. Although the origin of this temple still remains a mystery, devotees believe it to have existed since the first day of the Kali Yuga, which was 5000 years ago. The Padmanabhaswamy temple also has a mention in the Bhagwad Gita. The scripture states that Balarama, the older brother of Lord Krishna frequented the temple, bathed in the Padmatheertham and also made several offerings the deity here.

The temple vaults are labeled for documentation purposes. There are A, B, C, D, E and F vaults, all of which except Vault B are opened at least 8 times annually. Famous historians, priests, and archaeologists believe that the mysterious contents of this vault are extremely sacred and it may be risky to unveil. The chamber is believed to have been sealed by the Siddha Purushas or the Ever-Ready Male Devotees of the 16th century using the Naga Bandham or the Snake Guard. 

The door of Vault B which is guarded by snakes can be opened only through a knowledgable sage who knows well about the Naga Bandham. The Muni would have to chant the Garuda Mantram or the Eagle Chant to open the door, which would only easily open then. Any attempt to open the door using machinery or technology is believed to own the potential to wreck the whole country.

Darshan Timing

Morning  03.30 am to 04.45 am (Nirmalya Darshanam)
Morning  06.30 am to 07.00 am
Morning  08.30 am to 10.00 am
Morning  10.30 am to 11.10 am
Morning  11.45 am to 12.00 Noon

Evening05.00 pm to 06.15 pm
Evening06.45 pm to 07.20 pm


How to reach:

Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (TRV)

Railway Station(s): Trivandrum Central (TVC), Varkala Sivagiri (VAK), Trivandrum Kochuveli (KCVL), Thiruvananthapuram Pettah (TVP), Kazhakkuttam (KZK), Trivandrum Veli (VELI)

Bus Station: Tiruvananthapuram


Published: Niresh Kumar Balan

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