Intriguing facts and history of Padmanabhaswamy Temple!
You might have heard that the lands of India was in its late 60’s known as a golden bird or many call it “Sone ki chidiya”. Yes, this phrase is true and how? You will explore in this article. Unlike other interesting facts of India, this place is also going to blow your mind. No less than other sites or temples of India this temple in India is one of the most acknowledged and celebrated temples. One can see a considerable number of gathering here. Padmanabhaswamy temple is one of the 108 holy abodes of Lord Vishnu.
This temple has received much popularity from the devotees and the world, after some curtain bound secret vaults of the holy temple were revealed, this act was only done to revel the wealth of the holy Padmanabhaswamy temple.
In this article, you will not only come across the legends connected to the temple, also you’ll get to know about how wealthy Padmanabhaswamy temple is, but also you will come across some of the fascinating historical facts about the deities of the temple, structure and many more intriguing facts attached to it. Scroll down to reveal the facts without any further ado.
Explore the fascinating history and facts of Padmanabhaswamy Temple:
Deity, Location and who are the Trustees:
1. The temple is situated on the lands of Thiruvananthapuram district of the state of Kerala, India. The word Thiruvananthapuram in Malayalam can note is “the holy city of Lord Ananta” which is referring to the great Lord Padmanabhaswamy.
2. One can feel the existence of Lord Vishnu here as the prime deity of this temple is Lord Vishnu itself. Here he is seen in his “Ananta Shayana” stance, i.e. one sees him resting on his “Adisheshan” or “Adisheshnaag” (holy snake devotee of Lord Vishnu) and deeply immersed in his yogic sleep.
3. History reminds us that Sree Padmanabhaswamy is the philanthropist deity of the royal family of Travancore.
4. The present trustee of the temple is the nominal king or the Maharaja of Travancore who Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma.
Take a tour to the History:
1. It is still a mystery related to the construction and consecration of the Padmanabhaswamy temple, many researchers and archaeologists tied to solve the answers related to the question about the land yet the facts are unsolved ( like when was the temple built, who built the temple, etc.).
2. One can see the existence of the temple in many Vedas, Puranas and epics of India.
3. The holy book Srimad Bhagavad Gita also referred the presence of the temple saying that the elder brother of Krishna, i.e. Balarama, paid a visit to the temple, took a bath in Padmateertham (Lotus spring) and made several holy offerings.
4.Nammalvar, one of the twelve sacred people of the Vaishnavite clique called Alvars, composed 10 hymns in commendation of Sree Padmanabhaswamy.
5. As per a few students of history like Dr L. A. Ravi Varma, different researchers and authors, the sanctuary was built upon the entire first day of Kali Yuga.
6. On the off chance that it must be considered as a right, at that point the sanctuary was assembled almost 5,000 years prior.
Legends Related to Temple
- There are numerous legends which are related to the sanctuary. One of the well-known legends is Ananthasayana Mahatmya. This legend is available in old palm leaf records protected in the sanctuary and even in the antiquated content with a similar title.
The legend goes this way – there was a Tulu Brahmin named Divakara Muni. At the point when he was at Aanarthadesa, he appealed to Lord Vishnu.
- Satisfied by his enthusiast’s petitions, Lord Vishnu showed up before Divakara as a little and delightful kid.
Entranced by the magnificence of the kid, Divakara mentioned the kid to stay with him.
The youngster concurred yet on one condition, i.e., regardless of what he does, the Muni shouldn’t affront him. Muni joyfully consented to it and took extraordinary consideration of the kid.
- One day the kid took the Salagrama (fossilized shell identified with Lord Vishnu) and kept in his mouth and made a disturbance.
- Divakara couldn’t take any longer, and he lost control. According to the condition, the youngster before vanishing educated Divakara that he would be found again just in Aananthankaadu.
- Divakara then comprehended who the youngster was. He pursued the course taken by the kid ceaselessly for rest, nourishment or anything.
- At long last, following quite a while of strolling, Divakara arrived at Arabian ocean coast and got a look at the youngster. The kid ran into an Ilappa tree and vanished.
- The tree fell on the ground and was changed over into a statue of Lord Vishnu.
- The statue was gigantic to the point that the head was at Thiruvallam (3 miles from East Fort where the sanctuary is by and by found), navel at Thiruvananthapuram (immediate area of the sanctuary) and the feet of Lord Vishnu were at Trippapur (5 miles from the north of the sanctuary).
- At that point, Divakara Muni mentioned Lord to diminish in size so he can see every last bit of Him immediately. Master Vishnu consented to it, and the statue diminished in size of multiple times the length of Divakara Muni’s Yoga Dand. Divakara Muni then offered a raw mango in a coconut shell. Master requested Muni that ceremonies must be provided to Him by Tulu Brahmins.
- Indeed, even right up ’til now half of the Brahmins are from the Tulu area, and a similar offering is offered till now.
Another adaptation of the story is identified with a sanyasi of Namboothiri (a Malayali Brahmin Caste) named Vilvamangalathu Swamiyar.
- The remainder of the story goes a similar path as that of Divakara Muni. Indeed, even today the early morning supplication (which is called pushpanjali) is performed by Namboothiri brahmin sanyasis.
- Both the legends have validity, and it isn’t known which one of these two is valid.
Though there are various facts still not solved and it is believed to remain them secret for the betterment of the world. If not visit yet must visit this temple to feel the glorious presence of Lord Vishnu.