Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is a famous Hindu temple of Lord Vishnu in Thiruvananthapuram. Renovated in 1733, this richly sculptured temple is a huge structure located in the heart of the city and has a 100 feet gopuram (tower). The presiding deity Sree Padmanabhaswamy is Lord Vishnu, reclining on the serpent 'Anantha' (Ananthasayanam).
The temple has a blend of Dravidian and Kerala architectural styles and sprawls over a vast area. The entry to the shrine is allowed to Hindus only. Pallivetta (Royal hunt) and Arattu (Holy bath) are two important rituals held as part of the festivals in this renowned temple. Also, the rituals Lakshadeepam and Murajapam are conducted at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple once in six years.