Kerala is home to some of the most magnificent Hindu Temples. Thiruvananthapuram has been the capital of Kerala for over 300 years and is bound to have some of these lovely temples. Seemingly, the kings and queens usually preferred the capital over other cities for the construction of major attractions such as the temples. Some of the famous temples here are among the world’s richest temples, and they should be on your bucket list. Start looking for Chennai to Trivandrum flight tickets and find out about these temples in Thiruvananthapuram.
Here is a list of the best temples in Thiruvananthapuram that you can’t afford to miss:
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple is undoubtedly the most famous temple in Thiruvananthapuram and also the whole of Kerala owing to the immense wealth hidden inside its chambers. The main deity of the temple is Lord Vishnu, who is found in the “Anantha Shayanam” posture. The remaining shrines in the temple are dedicated to Ugra Narasimha and Krishna. Ugra Narasimha is a depiction of Lord Vishnu and is portrayed as having a lower body, a human torso along with the face of a lion.
Attukal Bhagavathy Temple
Also known as women’s Sabarimala, this temple is another one of the most famous temples in Thiruvananthapuram. Visitors come out of this temple with a lot of positive energy, thanks to the peaceful environment inside the temple. It’s believed that the calm environment is the result of Goddess Kannaki’s blessings. Located in Attukal, this temple is just two kilometres away from Padnabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram. The temple has Guinness record to its name as every year as three million women visit this holy site every year during the festival of Pongal, to offer Pongala to Kannaki Mata. You should definitely try to visit this temple during the festival to witness the legendary celebration.
Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple
The temple’s main deity is Lord Ganesha, but there are other deities which are worshipped here too. The Prasada offered to Lord Ganapathy is coconut, which is offered by breaking it outside the sanctum. The temple walls are decorated with sculptures of Lord Ganesha in his 32 different avatars. Some of these well-known avatars are Bala Ganpati (child-like Ganpati), Vira Ganpati (valiant Ganpati ) etc. Furthermore, the temple has a strict has a dress code for men as well as women just like many other temples in Kerala. For men, it is bare chest and a mundu, and for women, it is traditional dresses like a saree.
Aazhimala Siva Temple
As the name suggests, this majestic temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located close to the Trivandrum city. The temple is modestly sized and offers a picturesque view of the Arabian sea. The highlight of this temple is the sound of water hitting the rocks, which has a very calming effect on the devotees. Even if you aren’t a devotee, you should start looking for Chennai to Trivandrum flight tickets and visit this temple just for the amazing view!
Karikkakom Chamundi Devi Temple
This temple is made in true Kerala style architecture and is located on the outskirts of Trivandrum city. The temple has three avatars of Chamundi Devi – Maha Chamundi, Raktha Chamundi, and Bala Chamundi. Moreover, it also has an idol made of panchaloha which is considered very sacred in Hinduism. The temple attracts a lot of women during the Pongal festival in Feb-march where Pongal is offered to the goddess. During this festival, the idol is also paraded among the devotees outside in a Golden Chariot.
All the temples mentioned above attract thousands of devotees each year as these are not just divine places, but also architectural wonders that you should visit at least once in your lifetime.