Ananthapuram Lake Temple is located in the middle of a lake in Kumbala, Kasaragod district dedicated to Ananthapadmanaabha (Lord Mahavishnu). This 9th century monument is the only lake temple in Kerala. The temple is believed to be the original seat (moolasthanam) of Lord Sree Padmanabha. (Padmanabhaswamy temple Thiruvananthapuram). The Sreekovil is surrounded by a rectangular lake. The Gopuram, the temple edifice, and the Sreekovil are connected by a small bridge. You can reach the Sreekovil only through the bridge.
The temple is open to all visitors irrespective of caste, creed, and colour.
God’s idol in Ananthapuram is standing idol but the one in Thiruvananthapuram is a reclining posture (Ananthashayanam).
The Ananthapuram Lake Temple is located in a remote calm and isolated rocky hill. Hence a visitor gets a beautiful view of the surrounding green landscape.
The shrine is encircled by a ‘Chuttambalam’ (an enclosed verandah running around the building). The walls of the ‘Chuttambalam’ are adorned with fine murals depicting incidents and heroes in Puranas. And there is a cave within that opens out to a small pond where the water level remains steady regardless of climatic changes.
The Lake in which the Sanctum is situated is a large structure measuring 302 square feet (about 2 acres). To the right corner of the lake there is a cave with a gate. According to the priests of the temple, god Anantha Padmanabha went to Thiruvananthapuram through that cave. That is the reason for similarity in both the names.
According to the folk lore the temple’s lake is also home to a crocodile named Babiya, which is supposed to be the guard of the temple. It is believed that when one dies, another mysteriously takes its place. The crocodile is vegetarian one and the priests offer prasadam, and naivedyam to the crocodile 07.30 AM in the morning & 12.00 PM every day.
- Best Time to Visit
- November to April
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- Temple Timing
- 0530 – 1230 hrs & 1730 – 1930 hrs
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Map of Ananthapuram Lake Temple
Every day Free lunch (Prasada Bhojanam) is provided to devotes & they also have the opportunity to offer the Balivadu at a cost of Rs 30/-
- Morning Pooja: 07.30 AM
- Noon Pooja: 12.30 PM
- Night Pooja: 07.30 PM
Babiya Naivedya Timings:
- 07.30 AM & 12.00 PM on every day
- Navaanna: Tulaa Masa 1
- Annual Day (Vaarshikothsava): Kumbha Maasa 14 (27-02-2012)
- Every fullmoon Bhajana programme will be held at Temple Gopuram by Sri Ananthapadmanabha Swamy Bhajana Sangha
- Every Krishnashtami day Bhajana programme from sunset to moonrise (Around 6.30 PM – 12.30 PM) at Goshale Krishna premises
- Bhajana Programme on every Annual Day (Vaarshikothsava) by Sri Ananthapadmanabha Swamy Bhajana Sangha at Vanashashtara premises from 6.30 pm – 8.00 PM
- Ramayana Masacharane concluding ceremony at the end of every Karkataka Maasa organized by Sri Ananthapadmanabha Swamy Bhajana Sangha at Temple premises (Full day programme)
- Prakrithi Yuva Tanda (R) Ananthapura play a major voluntary role in organizing Ashtami Celebrations & other voluntary works.
Devotees are requested to abide by the following rules during the visit.
- Entry is restricted during their Ame, Sootaka
- Devotees wearing dark lungis are not allowed.
- Devotees should remove their Shirt & Baniyan while taking the darshana.