The Mysterious Seventh Door of Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple Thiruvananthpuram Kerala
Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Thiruvananthpuram Kerala
"Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple" is an Ancient, Vedic and Richest Temples of the Country. This temple is one among the popular Vaishnavite temples listed in 108 holy adobes of Lord Vishnu and run by the trust leaded by royal family of Travancore. It is situated in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala is named after 'Thiru' 'Anantha' 'Puram' which means Sacred Abode of Lord Anantha Padmanabha Swamy.
Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple Thiruvananthapuram Kerala
There is another Padmanabha Swamy Temple which is full of Vibrant with the spiritual power of Lord Vishnu, situated in Ananthapura near Kumbla in Kasaragod District of northern end of Kerala. The 'Ananthapura Lake Temple' is present in the midst of a vast grass land giving it a panoramic scene with ranges of sprawling hillocks on its background and remains in the centre of a rectangular lake. The temple is considered as the 'Moolasthanam' (the original source) of the "Sree Anantha Padmanabha Swamy in Thiruvananthapuram".
Ananthapuram Lake Temple Kasargod Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram being the capital city of Kerala, was earlier known as Anandapuram (City of Bliss) and Syananduram (Where Bliss is not far off). Here 'Ananda' refers to Sree Padmanabha Himself. In Hindu scriptures he is refered to the Supreme Being as 'Sachidananda' (Absolute Truth, Absolute Consciousness and Absolute Bliss). Earlier this temple was mostly known for its religious importance, its grandeur and the magnificent architecture of Dravidian style, but today it is better known as the "Treasure House of Ananta Padmanabha Swamy" who's assets are million worth with lots of precious gems, gold jewellery and currency. The temple got renovated several times while its construction and each renovation has added one or the other structure to the temple, which has moulded the temple into its present shape.
Treasure of Padmanabhaswamy Temple Gold jewellery,Gems and Coins
History of this Temple:
The history of Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple is dated to 8th century AD. After the renovation of the Padmanabhaswamy temple, during the 15th century, the temple and its properties were divided into eight districts and all these eight were controlled by eight powerful upper class feudal Lords, which were collectively known as 'Ettuveetil Pillamar' (Lords of the Eight Houses). These again under the guidance of the Council of 8 1/2, used to govern the working and maintenance of the temple.
Entrance of Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple Kerala
In 18th century AD, King Anizham Thirunal Valiya Marthanda Varma suppressed the Ettuveetil Pillamar along with the conspiracies against the royal house, to take control of the temple and the province which came under it. The last major renovation was done during the reign of Marthanda Varma. Anizham Thirunal, the successor of Marthanda Varma, surrendered the kingdom to the temple deity on 3 January, 1750. He vowed that his successors will 'serve' the kingdom as 'Padmanabha Dasa' (which literally means the servants of Lord Padmanabha Swamy). Since then, the successors of Travancore were known with the title Padmanabha Dasa.
According to Shrimad Bhagavatham, this temple was also visited by Lord Balaram who was believed to be the serpentine of Shri Maha Vishnu.
According to Sthala Puranam:
Vilvamangalathu Swamiyar (Sage), residing near Ananthapuram Temple, in Kasargod prayed to Lord Vishnu for his Sakshaat darshan. Then Lord Vishnu came infront of him, as a small mischievous boy. The boy kept one condition to the Sage that if he shouts on him then he will go away from there. The Sage tried hard to please the boy on his mishchievous acts. But on one day, when the Sage saw the boy playing with the Saligrama which was kept for Puja he couldn't control and shouted on him to go away. The boy while leaving said to the Sage that he can be found in Ananthakadu and then the boy disappeared. After a long search, when he was walking on the banks of Arabian Sea, he heard a pulaya lady threatening her child that she would throw him in Ananthakadu.The moment the Sage heard the word Ananthankadu, he was delighted to see the small boy once again. He proceeded to Ananthankadu based on the directions given by the lady from whom he enquired. The Sage reached Ananthakadu while searching the boy and saw the boy merging into an Iluppa tree (Indian Butter Tree). The tree fell down and soon took the form of Giant Anantha Shayana Moorthi (Lord Vishnu reclining on Anantha).
But the Lord was of an extraordinarily large size with head at Thiruvallom, navel at Thiruvananthapuram and lotus-feet at Thrippadapuram (Thrippappur). The Sage requested the Lord to shrink to a smaller size so that he can see him. Immediately, when the Lord shrank, still some Iluppa trees present there obstructed a complete vision of the Lord. After shrinking the Lord was visible to the Sage in three oarts-thirumukham, thiruvudal and thrippadam for about 18 ft in long. The Sage prayed to Padmanabha Swamy to be forgiven for his act and offered Rice Kanji and Uppumanga (salted mango pieces) in a coconut shell to the Diety which he obtained from the pulaya woman. Since then there is been a practice of offering the same to the Lord. The spot where the Sage had darshan of the Lord belonged to Koopakkara Potti and Karuva Potti. Soon after this incidence with the assistance of the reigning King and some Brahmin households a Temple was constructed for the Diety. After this temple got constructed Koopakkara Potti was made the Tantri of the Temple.
Main Door of Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple Kerala
Significance of this Temple:
These three doors have a lot of significance in the life of Hindu people. These three doors symbolize the birth, life and the death of a person.
First Door: It represents 'Sthithi' (the preservation) in which the Lord's face-eyes are visible through this door, He as a mother of every soul protects his children through his divine glance and is known as "Thirumukhamandalam".
Second Door: It represents 'Shrishti' (the creation) as Lord Brahma is visible from this door (Creator of the World) and is known as "Thiruvudal".
Third Door: It represents the final part of human life (death - Abode of Lord Vishnu) as one leaves the body, the soul reaches the Lord's lotus feet known as "Thrippadam".
Diety seen from three doors in
Sree Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple Kerala
Here Lord Brahma seated in lotus is worshipping Sri Padmanabha Swamy from his navel along with other Devas.
It is said that the presence of Lord Shiva under the hands of Sri Padmanabha Swamy is related to the story of Lord Vishnu vanquishing the Demon Keshi. Few relate it to the story of the Demon Bhasmasura. Thus, it symbolizes the protection of Lord Shiva, in the form of Shivalinga under the hands of the Lord Sri Padmanabha Swamy.
There is a famous saying by Sri Padmanabha Daasa Maharaja Swathi Thirunaall, in his Keerthanam as: "Chinthayaami the padhaneeraruham" as "Anthakaari Kamalaasana Sevitha"
The locals believe that this temple stood at a place which is considered to be one of the seven Parasurama Kshetrams. There are several references related to this temple in texts of Puranas like Skanda Puranam and Padma Puranam.
The Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, which is in the news with the discovery of treasures in its vaults, is an imaginative amalgam of the Dravidian and Kerala architectural styles.
The Salient features of the Temple are:
The Dhwaja Sthambham and the Chuttambalam characterise the Kerala style.
The walls of the Temple of Sree Krishna are having Ramil Vattezhuthu inscriptions dating to 1375, which was influenced by the Tamil State. The Gopuram stands 100 ft tall with seven tiers.
A Nataka Shala is located over the eastern side at main entrance of the temple with hundreds of stucco figures, which reflects the Vijayanagaram style of architecture, here stunning Kathakali performances are organized during the festival days.
The Kulasekhara mandapam and the pillars of the rectangular prakara have stunning sculptures made by sculptors of the Madurai Nayaka period and in the vimana over the sanctum.
There is a sacred spring in front of the temple, crafted in shape of lotus flower called as 'Padma Theertham'.
On the eastern side of the Garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum of the temple) extensive corridor is located, which is adorned with 365 pillars, made up of granite, each one extensively carved with intricate stone work.
There is a flagstaff of 85 feet high at the main entrance of the corridor, which embellishes it.
Altogether, this Temple is a fusion of daring and dramatisation as it befits the presence of the presiding diety, Lord Sri Maha Vishnu, seen reclining on a snake Anantha, which is a rare sight of depiction.
Diety in the Temple:
In the Sreekovil Temple, the posture of Sri Anantha Padmanabha is depicted as seated on the divine serpent Anantha, while in the Thiruvananthapuram Temple, Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple is seen in reclining posture on Anantha.
The piligrim reminds us the Puranic Symbology of Lord Vishnu as:
The Diety is the supreme reality, enshrined in Anantha Shayanam (eternal sleep of yoga nidra on the serpent Anantha or Adi Sesha) posture, representing the endless phenomenon of time, floating in the Ksheera Sagara (the ocean of Milk), and represented as the endless energy of creation.
In the sanctum sanctorium the Diety's right hand is placed over a Shiva Lingam.
His two consorts Sridevi (the Goddess of Prosperity) and Bhudevi (the Goddess of Earth) are present on both of his sides.
Lord Brahma (Creator of World) emerges on a lotus, which emanates from the navel of the Lord.
Garuda and Hanuman stand in front of them praying with folded hands.
Heavenly maidens tan the Lord and his consorts from behind. Jaya and Vijaya, Lord Vishnu’s attendants, stand in guard at the entrance.
Sree Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Kerala
The diety is made from 12,000 saligramams (sacred rock like substances found in water) which were brought from the banks of the Gandaki River in Nepal and to commemorate this, certain rituals were used to be performed at the Pashupatinath Temple. The diety of Sree Padmanabha is covered with a special ayurvedic mixture - "Katusarkara Yogam", a kind of plaster that keeps the diety always clean.
The unique mixture of Kadusharkara yogam on Idols of
Sri Padmanabha Swamy,Sridevi, Bhoodevi, Garuda and Hanumantha
Legend of the Seventh Door:
The entire world is eager to know what's behind the Mysterious Last Door of Padmanabha Swamy Temple. According to the investigation of some experts it is expected to Unlock by itself when a Secret Chant or Mantra is spelled infront of the door as it is locked in that way.
It is believed that this chamber is considered as highly mysterious, sacred, risky and dangerous to unveil it, as assumed by the Trust members and other learned Astrologers of India. The Iron door of the Chamber-B is having two Giant 'Cobra Potraits'on its door lacking nuts, bolts or other latches.
The Mysterious Seventh Door of Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple Kerala
There is a belief that the door was locked with the 'Naga Bandham' or 'Naga Paasam' 'Mantras' by the 'Sidha Purushas' who lived at the reign of King Marthanda Varma in the 16th century. Thus, the secret vault chamber can be opened by only those Sidha Purushas or Mantrikas who would be familiar with the knowledge of extricating 'Naga Bandham' or 'Naga Pasam' by Chanting 'Garuda Mantra' to open the door as it has no other means possible by anyone. Presently there are no such Sadhu or Sidha Purushas present in the World, may be present in Himalaya's who can open this door.
What are the consequences if the door is opened?
It is assumed that if any human trys to attempt to open the door of mysterious Chamber-B with the onteck of modern technology or by chanting the highly sacred and powerful 'Garuda Mantras' with the help of any 'Sadhus' or 'Mantrikas' the result would be worse (Misfortune) in and around the Temple premises or throughout the India or even throughtout the world accroding to "Vedic Astrologers of India", who were also unable to open the door by chanting the secret 'Garuda Mantra'.
There is a belief that by chanting 'Garuda Mantra' the Garuda drives away mighty serpents from ones way. Below are some Mantras:
1)This Garuda Gayathri Mantra can be chanted for 108 times a day for good cause:
Om Pakshiraajaaya Vidmahe Swarna Pakshaaya Dhimahi Tanno Garuda Prachodayaat!
2)This Garuda Mantra if chanted for 108 times for the removal of Naga Dosha/Sarpa Dosha/Kala Sarpa Dosha, Bad Habits and Removes Poison Effect from ones body:
Om Tatpurushayah Vidmahe Swarna Parnayah Dhimahi Tanno Garudah Prochodayaat!
3)Sri Garuda Prayoga Mantra removes Putra Dosha(Childlessness), Pithru Dosha(Parents last rites rituals), Visha Dosha & Children problems its video is placed below available in english, sanskrit and tamil.
Garuda Vahana of Lord Vishnu
Till now, people visiting this Temple tend to say that they can hear the sounds of water or sounds made by snakes as gussed on the other side of the door. The locals had a belief that if this Seventh door is opened then the entire temple and the areas around the temple would be surrounded in flood and destroy everything, it could be a bad omen. Some believe that there are large serpents present guarding the door inside area by not allowing anyone to get inside. The day is yet to be known what's actually behind this door and we have to wait for that day.
As Shri Maha Vishnu is having Seven doors in Vaikuntham, if we assume it to be the same and if opened, then we might be able to seek the abode of Him...Lord Vishnu himself present infront of us.
Keep Chanting this Mantra:
Om Namo Narayanaya...!
Some Rules and Regulations while visiting the Temple:
Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple.
Dress Code at the Temple:
1)Entry is restricted during their Ame, Sootaka.
2)Devotees (Gents) wearing dark lungis or dhotis are not allowed and should remove their Shirt & Baniyan while going for Darshana of the Lord.
3)Devotees (Women) should only wear Sarees, Salwar Suits, their traditional dress mundum neriyathum (set-mundu), half-sari, and skirts and blouses. Wearing Jeans and T-shirts is strictly not allowed.
4)Nowadays the Dhotis are also available for rent at the temple entrance for the devotees convenience.
05:30AM – 12:30PM & 05:30PM – 07:30PM every day
Other Facilities at the Temple:
1)The temple provides free lunch (Prasada Bhojanam) to the devotees visiting this place and also offers Balivadu at a cost of Rs.30.
2)The temple has a Kalyana Mandapam build in 1991, having the seating capacity to nearly 300 people. It is well equipped with Generator and vast kitchen which can cater food to nearly 3000 people.
Address and Contact Details:
Sri Ananthapadmanabha Swamy Temple,
Kasaragod Dist. - 671321
Phone: +91 4998 214360
How to Reach:
By Road: As there are major bus stations well connected to this place travelling to Padmanabha Swamy Temple by road is a viable option, either by bus or in own car. The city bus station is located at a walkable distance to the temple.
By Air: Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport to the Padmanabha Swamy Temple, around 7kms away from the temple. This airport has number of flights to almost all the major cities of India and abroad.
By Train: The nearest railway station to Padmanabha Swamy Temple is Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station situated just 1km away from the temple which is one of the main railway stations in South India and well connected to other parts of India as well.
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