Sri Padmanabh Swamy Temple in Kerala
Afamous pilgrimage centre and one of the major attractions in Thiruvananthapuramcity, the Maharaja of Travancore built this famous temple with its seven-storeycarved gopuram in the Dravidian style in 1733.
There are innumerable pillars, intricate carvings and mural paintings ofnatural pigments. The temple is dedicated to Vishnu who reclines on the sacredserpent Ananda.
The image of Vishnu is 18 feet long and a lotus grows from Vishnu's navel andBrahma is seen in the lotus. Several arts forms like Krishnanattam,Koodiyattom, Pavakkoothu, Nokkuvidya, Velakali, Kathakali and others thrived underthe patronage of Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple.