Padmanabhaswamy temple History:
Padmanabhaswamy temple is a very scared place to the Hindus. It is very famous all over the world. After the treasure found under the blocks of the temple, the fame of spreads all over.
It is very difficult to the historians who constructed the temple and when. The presence of the temple was mentioned in the Hindu epics and Puranas. In Srimad Bhagavatha once Balarama visited this Temple, bathed in Padmatheertham, worship the god and made several offerings. So we can think that the temple was constructed long years ago. Some historians, scholars, and writers were failed to bring the year of the construction of this temple. In the view of Dr. L.A.Ravi Varma of Travancore, this temple was established on the first day of Kali Yuga, which happened over 5000 years ago. Another story also gives brief history of the construction of this temple, that in the famous grantha entitled ‘Ananthasayana Swamy Mahatmya”, mentions that it was reinstalled the idol by a Tulu Brahmin Divakara Muni. Then the ruler Kotha Marthandan built the Abhisravana Mandapam in 1960 Kaliyuga year.
Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Story:
From the story of Ananthasayana Mahatyam, Divakara Muni was a great devotee of Vishnu. He always worships Vishnu with his utmost dedication. One day he wants to see Lord Vishnu so that he performed deep chanting for years. One day Maha Vishnu appeased his ‘Tapassu’, appeared before him as a lovely child. The sage unable to identify Lord Vishnu and attracted at the charming child. Then he unconsciously requested the God-child to stay with him. The God child agreed his proposal and put a condition that Divakara Muni should treat him with respect. If he failed to do so, then he vanishes at once. This condition was accepted by Muni and the child stayed with him. The Sanyasi never got angry at the boy and tolerated the childish pranks.
One day, the Sanyasi was in deep meditation at his prayers, then the child took the ‘Salagram’ and put it into the mouth of Sanyaasi. This caused Divakara Muni got very angry and beat the boy by forgetting his confession. Immediately the child said to Muni that if you wish to see me again, you will find me again in ‘Ananthankaadu’ and disappeared from the spot. Then only Divakara Muni realized who the boy was, and suffered the inconsolable grief. One day he started walking towards the way, which was the boy disappeared, he saw a huge ‘Ilapaa’ tree which seems him in the form of Lord Vishnu. As soon as he saw the tree, it fell to the ground. The was spread nearly 8 miles. Then Divakara Muni prayed Lord to come into the size of bearable to behold Him with hands. His prayers had been granted. He immediately offered Him a raw mango in a coconut shell. The Lord ordained that poojas to Him should be conducted by Tulu Brahmins. Still, half of the Brahmins belong to Tulu region and offering is following by putting raw mango in a coconut shell. Of course there are so many stories roaming around the origin of the temple.
Padmanabhaswamy Temple Development:
The temple was reconstructed in the year 1050 A.D. The management and the organization were changed by the then rulers. The management celebrated ten days festival ‘Alpasi Utsavam’ in this temple in 1375 A.D. In the year 1459 A.D. the Idol of Sree Padmanabhaswamy was kept in ‘Balalaya’ for the purpose of re-construction of the roof of the sanctum sanctorum. The famous king Veera Marthanda Varma completely took powers over the management and administration of the temple.
The Important Events held in the Padmanabhaswamy Temple:
In 1461 A.D the idol was re installed and put up an Ottakkal Mandapam.
In 1566 A.D the foundation was laid for the Gopuram.
In 1686 A.D the Temple was fully destroyed in a major fire accident.
In 1729 the great ruler Marthanda Varma became the king of Travancore and renovated the temple.
In 1758 Kulasekhara Mandapam was built by Sree Karthika Thirunal Rama Varma.
In 1820 a very big mural was added to the Ananthasayanam.