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Refurbishment of the Main Murti in Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum

The main murti of Anantha Padmanabha Swamy in Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple will undergo refurbishment in September 2015. The murti is depicted as sleeping on Ananta Sesha and with one hand in Abhaya Mudra posture. The awe-inspiring murti of Sree Padmanabhaswamy is seen reclined on the mighty five hooded serpent Anantha. The supreme God is in conscious cosmic slumber with the head positioned to the south and the feet to the north. Anantha spreads its hoods above the head of the Idol. From the navel of the Lord emerges a lotus on which Lord Brahma is seated. Just below the stretched right arm of the Lord is the Shiva Linga.

The original murti was of Iluppa wood and it was infused into the present murti by certain complicated religious ritualistic processes. The murti is made up of a highly complex amalgam termed Katusa Karayogam and contains within it 12008 Salagramas collected from the bed of the River Gandaki in Nepal. It is believed that Salagramas represent Lord Vishnu. Twelve Salagramas when worshipped together gain the potency of a Mahakshetram (Great Temple). Thus the mighty Ananthasayana Moorthy here gains the greatness and sanctity of a thousand Mahakshethram.
The New Indian Express reports 
The refurbishment work on the main idol at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple will begin on September 2. 
A change in the darshan timing will follow, till September 30, the temple management said here on Thursday. 
“Darshan will be withheld between 11.30 am and 5 pm from September 2 to 30,” temple thantri Tharananalloor Parameswaran Namboodiripad, executive officer K N Satheesh and administration committee member C A Vijayakumar said. 
The idol of Lord Sree Padmanabhaswamy is made of kadusarkara yogam, a complex mix of numerous ingredients like earth, kashayams, cereals, tree resins and spices. 
A team led by Kanipayyur Makan Krishnan Namboodiripad carried out the work on the idol. The laborious task of preparing the kadusarkara yogam was executed by a team comprising Thekumanmadhom Pradeep Namboodiri, Ratheesh Namboodiri, Harikrishnan Namboodiri and Suresh Bhattathiripad.