Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture. It is believed to be the world’s richest temple.

The history of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple dates back to 8th century. It is one of the 108 sacred Vishnu temples or Divya Desams in India. Divya Desams are the holiest abodes of Lord Vishnu that are mentioned in the works of the Tamil Azhvars (saints). The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Vishnu, reclining on Anantha, the hooded Serpent.

Marthanda Varma, noted among Travancore kings, did a major renovation to the temple and it resulted in the present day structure of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. It was Marthanda Varma who introduced the Murajapam and Bhadra Deepam festivals in the temple. Murajapam, which literally means continuous chanting of prayers, is still conducted in the temple once every six years.

The Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple as per belief is located at a place that is considered as one of the seven Parasurama Kshetras. There are references to the temple in texts like the Puranas, viz. the Skanda Purana and Padma Purana. The temple stands close to the holy tank – Padma Theertham, which means ‘lotus spring.’

The idol of the presiding deity of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple is noted for its composition, which has 12008 salagramams, which were brought from Nepal, taken from the banks of the River Gandhaki.


The garbhagriha or the sanctum sanctorum of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is located on a stone slab and the main idol, which is about 18 ft long, can be viewed through three different doors. The head and chest are seen through the first door; while the hands can be sighted through the second door and the feet through the third door.

The temple architecture stands out for its work in stone and bronze. The temple interiors are adorned by beautiful paintings and murals. Some of them are that of the life-size images of Lord Vishnu in the reclining posture, Narasimha Swamy (half-lion, half man incarnation of Lord Vishnu), Lord Ganapati and Gaja Lakshmi. The temple has a dhwaja stamba (flag post) that is about 80 ft high and is covered with gold plated copper sheets.

Extending from the eastern side into the sanctum sanctorum is a broad corridor which has 365 and one-quarter sculptured granite-stone pillars with beautiful carvings. There is a ground floor below under the main entrance in the eastern side, which is known as the nataka sala (literally means drama hall), where Kerala’s classical art form – the Kathakali is performed during the annual ten-day festival at the temple, held during the Malayalam months of Meenam and Thulam.

Quick Facts:

  • Photography: mobile and other electrical devices are not allowed
  • Address: West Nada, Fort, East Fort, Pazhavangadi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695023
  • Dress code: Men are required to wear mundu or dhoti and go bare in the torso, while womenare required to wear sarees, mundum neriyathum (set-mundu), skirt and blouse, or half-saree.
  • Who can visit: Only those who believe in Hinduism .
  • Fees:150 per person Special Darshan ,180 per person Special Darshan (with Parsad)

Note: You will have to stand in long queues so it is advisable to be properly hydrated.

Temple Timings:

MONDAY 3:30 am – 12:00 pm 5:00 pm – 7:20 pm
TUESDAY 3:30 am – 12:00 pm 5:00 pm – 7:20 pm
WEDNESDAY 3:30 am – 12:00 pm 5:00 pm – 7:20 pm
THURSDAY 3:30 am – 12:00 pm 5:00 pm – 7:20 pm
FRIDAY 3:30 am – 12:00 pm 5:00 pm – 7:20 pm
SATURDAY 3:30 am – 12:00 pm 5:00 pm – 7:20 pm
SUNDAY 3:30 am – 12:00 pm 5:00 pm – 7:20 pm

Darshan Timings:


Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple
  • 3:30 am to 4:45 am
  • 6:30 am to 7:00 am
  • 8:30 am to 10:00 am
  • 10:30 am to 11:00 am
  • 11:45 am to 12:00 pm


  • 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm
  • 6:45 pm to 7:20 pm

Astonishing Facts:

  1. It is the richest temple in the world with treasure worth $1 trillion.
  2. The walls and design of the temple are Dravidian styles, one of the rarest and most fascinating designs.
  3. It has 5 chambers, out which Chamber B cannot be opened as it is believed to be cursed.
  4. The temple has Z security mark, it is the most secure temple with foolproof plans.
  5. The temple has three and a half feet gold statue of Mahavishnu in the chamber which weights 30 kg. The temple is mentioned in Brahman Purana, Mahabharata, Skanda Purana and Varaha Purana as a shrine.
  6. The temple has an image of Lord Vishnu which is sketched with 12,000 fossilized shells of Gandaki River

How To Reach Temple:

By Air:

The nearest airport to Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple is Trivandrum (TRV) Airport which is 2.4 km away. One can take a auto from there which cost about 50-100 rupees.

By Rail:

The Nearest railway station is TRIVANDRUM CNTL(TVC) which is about 1.5 km from the temple. From there one can take a bus or taxi.

By Road:

Trivandrum is well connected with roads. The Bus Stand will be at Thampanoor in Trivandrum and from there the temple is only 1 km away. Take an Auto and you can comfortably reach the temple b paying an auto fare about Rs 15 to 20.

Where to stay:

Located in the heart of Kerala’s capital city Thiruvananthapuram, Hotel Chaithram assures a comfortable stay to visitors. It offers an opportunity to catch up with the fast pace of city life and easy accessibility to nearby destinations for leisure and fun.

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