PILGRIMAGE IN TRIVANDRUM, KERALA
Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple:
This temple is located inside the East fort. This temple is perfect blend of Kerala and Dravidian styles of sculpture and architecture. It is known for its mural paintings and stone carvings. This is one of most famous temple of Trivandrum is the beautiful Sree Padmanabha Swami temple, that is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple is one of the 108 sacred Vishnu temples in India. In this temple, the Lord Vishnu reclines on Anantha, the serpent. Only Hindus in traditional attire can enter this temple.
Vizhinjam Rock cut Cave Temple:
In the Vizhinjam Rock cut Cave Temple, there is rock cut sculptures of the 18th century. The granite cave here encloses a one-celled shrine with a loose sculpture of Vinanadhara Dakshinamurthi. The outer wall of the cave temple depicts half complete relics of the Hindu God Shiva with goddess Parvathi.
One of the important Hindu centre of pilgrimage. The final refuge of the Sree Narayana Guru, the great social reformer is located near Varkala, on the top of hill, called Sivagiri. According to the myths, the sage Narada was approached by a group of mendicants who confessed to have been sinned. The Narada threw his valkkalam (cloth made of the bark of a tree) into the air, and the place where it landed was known as Varkala. The mendicants were directed by the Narada to offer their prayers in the newly created place by the seashore. The place where they prayed for redemption was known as the Papanasham (redemption from sins) Beach. The main attractions here are the 2000 year old Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple.