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Information on Website of Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple Trivandrum

The famous SriPadmanabhaSwamyTemple dedicated to Lord Vishnu in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kerala, has now got an official website. Sri Padmanabha Swamy temple is one of the 108 shrines in the Divya Desams sacred to Vaishnavas. The idol of Lord Vishnu worshipped
here reclines on Adishesha.

The website has detailed information on the myth, history, architecture, various pujas, timings, pooja rates and temple festivals. As in all HinduTemple websites, there is an option for online donation.

You can visit the website here - Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple

Note: The temple still follows some age-old traditions and females should compulsorily wear sari – no other dress is permitted. Young girls should wear the traditional Kerala dress of pavadai or should cover bottom with white ‘mundu’. Male Hindus should wear ‘mundu’ or dhoti and should not cover the upper portion of the body. Even children are not spared from this outdated monstrous custom.
If you land up not knowing the temple custo…

Swami Tejomayananda on Idol Worship in Hinduism

The Vedas attach importance to ‘ishtdevta upasana’ or the worship of a chosen deity. And so Hindu temples have the idols of Rama, Krishna, and Shiva among others, for worship. These are not mere idols; they symbolize our ideals. Swami Chinmayananda said: ‘Every idol represents an ideal.’ Through ‘upasana’ a devotee develops deep love for his or her chosen form of the Lord. Hinduism is widely perceived to be a polytheistic religion. The Upanishads clearly point out that there is only one God, one Truth. The different forms of Hindu gods and goddesses represent one God – His powers are expressed in different ways. This way, people can worship the form of their choice. Swami Chinmayananda explains that some people conceive of God as master or ruler, while others think of God as the divine mother. Still others worship God in the form of animals. The use of symbols in worship are meant for making the mind single pointed whereby we gain the very same qualities of the ideal we revere. The n…