The handsome Padmanabhaswamy Temple, dedicated to Vishnu, has a seven-tier gopuram.
This 260-year-old temple is Trivandrum’s spiritual heart.
In the main courtyard there's intricate granite sculpture, supplemented by more stonework on the nearly 400 pillars supporting the temple corridors.
In the inner sanctum, the deity Padmanabha reclines on the sacred serpent and is made from over 10,000 salagramam (sacred stones) that were purportedly transported from Nepal by elephant.
The complex is technically open only to Hindus and keeps erratic hours, so call ahead to be assured of at least a glimpse.
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