Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple is located inside the famous East Fort at Thiruvananthapuram. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian style of architecture.
Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple is an 8th century temple. This temple is one of the sacred Vishnu temples or ‘Divya Desams’ in India. ‘Divya Desams’ are the holiest abodes of the Lord Vishnu that are mentioned in the works of Tamil Azhvars (Saints).
The presiding deity of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple is Lord Vishnu reclining on Anantha, the hooded Serpent. This poster of Lord Vishnu is called as ‘Anantha Sayanam’.
The noted Travancore King Marthanda Varma did the major renovations to the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple. This resulted in the present day structure of the temple, Murajapam and Bhadra Deepam festival in the temple.
According to the history, Marthanda Varma dedicated the Travancore Kingdom to Lord Padmanabha. The word ‘Thiruvananthapuram; literally means ‘the land of Sree Anantha Padmanabhaswamy’.