Ananthapura Lake Temple

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Ananthapura,13 km towards the north along the national highway from Kasaragod town towards the northern direction, Kumbala, Kasaragod district, north Kerala.The Lake temple Open to all visitors regardless of caste or creed.The only lake temple in Kerala and the Moolasthanam (original seat) of Ananthapadmanabha Swami (Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple) Thiruvananthapuram. A beautiful lake temple in Kerala, the Ananthapura Lake Temple is an ancient shrine in the northern most district of Kerala. Sree Padmanabha (Lord Vishnu, The Preserver) seated on the serpent god Adisesha is the presiding deity here. The moolasthanam (original seat) of the deity is said to be the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple at Thiruvananthapuram, where he reclines on the serpent god. The temple is situated in the centre of the Ananthapura Lake, on a remote rocky hill in a calm isolated region. From here one can have a bird's eye view of the green landscape around. The local people believe that there is a lone crocodile living in the lake.The shrine is encircled by a chuttambalam (an enclosed verandah running around the building), its walls are adorned by murals and there is a cave within that takes you to a small pond where the water level remains steady regardless of climatic changes.

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