Kerala Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple Thiruvananthapuram
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple Trivandrum is one of the most renowned Lord Vishnu Temples in Kerala, South India. The temple is also known as Sree Ananda Padmanabhaswamy Temple, this Mahavishnu Temple is located inside East Fort, in Thiruvananthapuram – the capital city of Kerala, India. Lord Vishnu is enshrined here in the Anananthasayanam posture (in eternal sleep of yognidra), lying on Sri Anantha, the hooded snake. According to ethnicity, Sree Padmanabhaswamy Kshetram is believed to have been worshipped by Chandra (Moon God) and Lord Indra (the head of the Devas).
Sree Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple Trivandrum is one of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu. Divya Desams are the holiest abodes of the Lord Mahavishnu that are mentioned in the works of the Tamil Azhvars (saints).
Trivandrum Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple is also one of the seven Parasurama kshetras in Kerala. The Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple Trivandrum is another one of the major attraction of our God’s Own Country Kerala. The city of Thiruvananthapuram is named after the Lord. The word Thiruvananthapuram literally means “The land of Sree Anantha Padmanabhaswamy”.
The Major Festivals in Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple Trivandrum;
The Thiruvananthapuram Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple several festivals are celebrated bi-annually. The Alpashy festival which falls on October/November and the Painkuni festival in March/April are held for every 10 days. All of these festivals conclude with the Aarattu (holy bath) at the Shankumugham Beach. The Sri Padmanbaswamy Temple Thiruvananthapuram is renowned for the Aarattu, which is headed by the royal family of Travancore. The word Aarattu means the ritual bathe of the deities in sea. During Aarattu, the idols of Sri Padmanabhaswamy, Krishna and Narasimha are engrossed after some rituals. The idols are then bringing back to the temple as a procession with superbly decorated elephants, which is worth seeing.
Laksha Deepam Festival (Lighting of One Lakh Lamps)
Lakshadeepam celebration is another major only one of its kind festival celebrated at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple Trivandrum. Laksha Deepam or Lakshadeepam literally means hundred thousand lambs (or one lakh lamps). Lakshadeepam festival is held once in 6 years and on the festival day, hundred thousand oil lamps are lit in and around the Sri Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple place. Prior to the Lakshadeepam festival day recitation of three Vedas and chanting of prayers are done for 56 days.
The last festival was celebrated on 2008 and the upcoming Lakshadeepam festival is on January 2014. Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is the only temple in known history to conduct the Lakshadeepam festival without any break since the festival was first conducted in January 1750 AD.
The Navratri is a nine night’s festival, celebrated in the honor of Goddess Durga. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Shakti/Devi are worshiped. It is commonly referred to as Dussehra. The navarathri festival is another one of the major annual festival in Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Held for the period of September/October, this festival involves processional bringing of the idols of Saraswathi, Durga, and Murukan to the Kuthira Malika palace which is located in front of Padmanabha temple. It is celebrated for nine days and the Swathi music festival is held during this festival.
The first such Murajapam was held in 1750 A.D., to expiate the sins of war and annexation of territory. The famous festival Murajapam held once in six years, Murjapam(chanting of Manthras) means continuous recitation of prayers. This is performed when 12 Bhadradeepam joins.
Other main festivals celebrated at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
- Kalabham – 8th to 14th January – Makaraseeveli at 08:30 PM Perunthiramruthu Pooja
- Painguni Uthsavam – March – April – 10th day Arattu
- Vishu – 14th April – Vishu Kani Darshan at 05:00 am
- Kalabham – 11th to 16th July – Karkkidaka Seeveli Perunthiramruthu Pooja
- Niraputhari – July to August
- Thiruonam – Onavillucharth (Onavillu) August – September
- Vinayaka Chaturthi – held at Agrasala – August – September
- Sree Krishna Jayanti – Ashtami Rohini – August – September
- Valiya Ganapathi Homam – 12 days annually – September – October
- Navaratri – September – October
- Aippashi Uthsavam – October – November – 10 days Arattu
- Swargavathil Ekadasi – December.
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