Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is a very important landmark in Trivandrum. The temple is located in the East Fort, and is said to be the landmark around which the city is built. The Padmanabha Swamy Temple is easily recognized with its 100 foot high, seven tiered gopuram. The temple is considered an architectural delight as its build with Hindu and Kerala styles.
Legend behind Padmanabhaswamy temple
There are many legends, and the most popular one says that the sage Divakara prayed to Lord Krishna for an appearance. Lord Krishna did come before him, but disguised as a small boy. The boy then swallowed the Saligrama the sage kept for puja. The sage was so enraged and chased the boy, who proceeded to hide behind a tree. The tree then fell down and changed as Vishnu in a reclining posture (Anantha Sayanam). The sage, now realizing that this is Lord Vishnu, prayed for forgiveness. The Lord told the sage to position him a temple so that he can be worshipped from three separate doors. These doors can be seen in the temple through which the idol can be viewed. In the first door, puja is offered for Lord Siva, second for Lord Brahma and the third for Lord Vishnu.
View from the main road
Pool in front of the temple
Another view of the Pool in front of the temple
Pool with the temple view