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Besides being the places of worship, the temples of Kerala exude brilliant architectural craftsmanship of the yesteryears. These temples also proudly boast of their aesthetic appearance, like most other temples in South India. It is a well known fact that the South Indian temples are popular all whole India for their significant architecture, which is responsible for drawing a large number of tourists to this sector of the nation. the Ganesha Temple at Pazhavangady and the Padmanabhaswamy Temple, right at the heart of the city of Thiruvanathapuram, the capital city of India.
Padmanabhaswamy Temple or as it is popularly known Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple is the abode of Lord Vishnu, it being one of the 108 Divya Desam, which are denoted as the holiest abodes of the Hindu God. Prime deity in this temple is in Anananthasayamnam posture, the eternal sleep posture of Yognidra. Deriving its name from the presiding deity, this magnificent temple is a prefect example of architectural wonder. Main tower of Padmanabhaswamy Temple rises to a height of 100 feet, which gradually tapers upwards. Sculpture work in the Gopuram or the tower is praiseworthy that reflect the artistic sense of the yore. It showcases the amalgamation of both Kerala and Hindu architecture. Padmanabhaswamy Temple is quite strict in its rules and only people belonging to Hindu religion can enter the temple premises.
Another much visited temple in Thiruvanathapuram, the capital city of Kerala, is the Ganesh temple that is located in Pazhavangady near MG Road. It is a common ritual to break coconuts in the Ganesha Temple before any venture as that can remove all the obstacles that might come in future. The colored sculptures of Ganesha along with the golden colored spires look marvelous against the black backdrop, the color of the temple. In short it can be said that this temple also reveals the artistic sense of the architects of the bygone era.
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