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The Padmanabhaswamy Temple

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Built in honor of one of the main Hindu Gods Vishnu, the Padmanabhaswamy temple is located in the capital of the southern state of Kerala, Trivandrum, or as it is commonly called Thiruvananthapuram.

Gopuram, the main temple tower was built in 1566. It has seven levels, and its height is over 30 meters. It is decorated with many statues and sculptures, each of which can be considered a true architectural masterpiece. Inside the temple is a long corridor with a colonnade, consisting of 365 beautiful granite columns. Their surface is entirely covered with carving representing an example of true mastery of the ancient sculptors.

In the main hall of the building there is the main Shrine of the temple is the statue of Vishnu depicting him in the aspect of Sri Padmanabha reclining on the serpent of Anantha or ADI Sesha, from his navel sprouts a Lotus on which sits Brahma. The left hand of Vishnu located on Ling - stone-a repository of the divine essence - Shiva. And next to him sat his two wives - Sridevi, the Goddess of fortune, and Bhudevi, the Earth Goddess. The statue is made of power - fossil, extracted from the bottom of the sacred river Kali-Gandaki, which has a black color and unicodechecker is considered an incarnation of Vishnu. In addition, the top of the statue is coated with a special substance "Katyarina yogam" - an Ayurvedic compound, which does not allow to settle on the surface of the idol of dust and dirt.

In the temple twice a year is a ten-day festival of traditional dance-drama of Kerala - Kathakali. But in Sree Padmanabhaswamy can only be entered by people professing Hinduism, in addition, they must comply with a very strict dress code.