The Indian society and its people are incomplete without their sheer belief in the Almighty. It is actually the presence of more than hundreds of temples in India which makes the country unique and special and a great way to connect with the supreme power. In this way, the southwestern Indian city called Thiruvananthapuram of state Kerala, owes its name to the famous Padmanabhaswamy Temple, situated right in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram also known as Trivandrum. The main deity is that of Lord Vishnu in eternal sleep posture over Anantha, the hooded serpent. The eighteen feet idol has to be viewed through three separate doors of the temple.
The temple is known for its architectural marvel in stone and bronze at the same time. Brilliant mural sketches totally adorn the interiors. While moving around the temple, do not miss the famous corridor supported by three hundred sixty-five and a quarter pillars, all made of pure granite. Seeing is believing when the architectural splendor and craftsmanship that has gone into its making is considered.
The most interesting of all aspects regarding the temple is its six vaults of enormous wealth that fetched the temple much international attention. It is estimated that the vault contains gold and precious stones worth staggering $22 billion (90,000 crore). But the controversial Vault-B still remain unopened to this date.
The sun goes down along the central portion of Gopuram of Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple on equinox. The Temple Gopuram is so well constructed that on Equinox sun passes exactly through the middle of Gopuram passing through all the doors consecutively. An engineering marvel of the ancient times to proclaim indeed!!
The equinox is said to happen twice in a year, once in spring and once in autumn, each year when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun. During the event the tilt of the Earth (with respect to the Sun) is 0° and because of it duration of the day and the night are almost equal i.e. exactly 12 hours. The event occurs once on 20th or 21st March and 22nd or 23rd September each year and both days has equal length of the day and the night at the same time