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or Trivandrum is Kerala's gracious capital city with its
palaces, museums and the beautiful bech resort of kovalam.
Dominating the city is the Padmanabhaswamy temple with its
tall gopurams or gateways. Built in the Dravidian style, the
temple has within its sactum an immense image of the Lord
Vishnu reclining on the coils of the sacred serpent Ananta.
Thiruvantapuram derives the name from this patron diety.
ATTRACTIONS AND PLACES - TRIVANDRUM CITY
Varkala is a seaside resort. It is also an important Hindu
center of pilgrimage. High cliffs with rich mineral springs
rise majestically from the coastline. The 2,000-year-old
Janardana Swamy Temple and the Nature Center are the two main
attractions here at Varkala.
Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum is a very famous Hindu
temple in the city of Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum.
Primarily Lord Vishnu is worshiped in the famous temple. The
Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum is located in the
East Fort in city of Trivandrum. Another reason that the Shri
Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum is so immensely popular
is that it is considered as one of the hundred and eight divya
desam. These are the holiest domains of Lord Vishnu.
Padmanabhaswamy is in fact another manifestation of Lord
Vishnu in a sleeping position. Another interesting fact about
this Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum is that the
city of Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum got its name from
this temple that belongs to the days of yore.
The 150 years
old museum was established by Maharaja of Travancore in 1855.
Only few museums in India, like, Indian Museum Kolkata, Madras
Government Museum Chennai, are contemporary to Napier Museum.
In 1874, a new building was constructed and was named after
then governor of Madras Presidency. The Architectural
masterpiece was designed by Mr. Chisoln, the consulting
Architect of the Madras Government and the construction
completed in 1880. This 120 year old structure is a landmark
in the city with its unique ornamentation and architectural
style with gothic roof and minarets.
The museum has
a vast collection of artifacts of artistic, cultural and
antique importance, which comprises sculptures in bronze and
stone, carvings of wood and ivory, lamps, textiles, Kathakali
models, handicraft items, Kuftgiri works, traditional musical
instruments, a treasure of numismatic collections representing
Chera, Chola, Pandya dynasties of Southern India. The bronze
display include fascinating images of Siva, Vishnu, Parvathi
and Lakshmi in 'Silpa Sastras'. The metal images illustrate
the features of South Indian sculpture style of 8th to 18th
Century. The Vishnu image of 8th Century collected from
Ambalapuzha temple in central Travancore which has Pallava
style is the oldest metal image in the State. The stone
sculptures belong to 8th to 18th century. All the wood
carvings exhibited here shows high degree of excellence. Each
and every exhibit has a wonderful and fascinating tale twined
HOW TO REACH
Air : Nearest - Thiruvananthapuram Airport.
Rail : Nearest - Thiruvananthapuram Railway station.
Road : There are a number of tourist attractions in
Thiruvananthapuram which is a favorite destination of the