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Temples & Legends Of Kerala
Kulapati's Preface Author's Preface
Introduction The Temple Of Sri Padmanabha
A Temple Of Serpents The Goddess Who Has Periods
Aranmula Parthasarathi Ambalapuzha Krishna
Sabarimala The Fierce Lord Of Ettumanur
The Benign Lord Chottanikara
Kaladi A Temple For Kannaki
A Temple For Bharata Sri Rama Temple At Triprayar
The Vadakkunnathan Temple The Lord Of Guruvayur
A Temple For Rama And Lakshmana The Historic Tali Temple
Tiruvangad Peruma Rajarajeswara Of Taliparamba
Trichambaram Krishna Temple Other Temples
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THE TEMPLES OF PADMANABHA

In the Skandapurana, Setu Mahatmya, Brahmakhanda Chap. .52, verses 102 to 105, some of the most important places of pilgrimages are indicated, which includes Padmanabha. These sacred places are Kumbakonam, Ramashwaram, Gokarna (48 km. south of Goa), Naimisha (Nimsar, 72 km. from Lucknow), Ayodhya, Dandaka forest (starting from Bhopal and extending upto the river Godavari), Virupaksha (at Hampi), Venkata (Tirupati), Saligram (at the source of river Gandaka), Prayaga, Kanchi, Dwarka, Mathura (both Mathura in the North and Madurai in the South), Padmanabha (Anantasayanam at Trivandrum), Kasi, the abode of Lord Visweshwara, rivers, oceans and Bhaskara kshetra i.e. Konarak.4

There is also mention in the Bhagavata purana (canto 10 chapter 79) that Balarama visited "Syanandoorapuram" in the course of his pilgrimage and the belief is that this refers to the shrine of Anantasayanam at Trivandrum. Similarly in the Brahmanda purana also there is reference to "Syanandoorapura." The compositions of Nammalwar, the great Vaishnavite saint, in praise of Mahavishnu, also prove beyond doubt that this temple existed in the fifth century of this era.

4 Immortal India III by J. H. Dave, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.

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Sri Padmnanabha Swami Temple, the main land mark in Trivendram--Ablend of indegenous style and Dravidan architecture.

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