Thiruvananthapuram – The capital of God’s own country, Kerala or the former Trivandrum is just the political capital for the state as Cochin happily enjoys the status of being the commercial capital of Kerala. That being said, this in no ways makes it any less beautiful than its counterpart. In fact, I am all for having 2 separate capital for different focal points in an economy, why should I hoard all the limelight and others be ignored.
Mahatma Gandhi called this city the evergreen city of India but I think with the whole demur and jibe across our nation even for Indianizing of mere names of city or roads is unfortunate. Instead, if we invest the same energy someplace else, we are bound to be better in some way relevant. Moving away from the political scenario, the city is known for its undulating terrain of low coastal hills and busy commercial alleys. Along with its natural and historical significance, the city is also popular for its ancient temples that are renowned for its architecture and which makes Thiruvananthapuram as one of the most visited pilgrim centres of India.
The city’s biggest attraction is Padmanabhaswamy temple, the temple is an outcome of Kerala style and classic Dravidian style architecture. On the mere outlook, it might not seem to be that grand but when you realize it flock followers from across the globe and not just India you start realizing the cult it has created. In 2011, the court ordered to investigate the six closed rooms of the temple where all the donations go and the accumulated figures turned out to be 1.2 Trillion USD, which is slightly more than half of our present economy size.
This revelation has solidified the status of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple as the wealthiest place of worship in the world. If the antique and cultural value were taken into account, these assets could be worth ten times the current market price, ultimately pegging it way over combined Indian economy, as they hold a lot of artefacts dating as old as 200 B.C.
A Lesser-known attraction is the Padmanabha movie hall which is definitely not that old or grand but if you’re lucky to see a 3D movie, the effects will definitely bowl you over. I remember watching “The Amazing Spiderman” here, around half time when I took the glasses off, I was partially in the 3D world and could not even locate my way to the alley properly. Another place to visit could be the Napier Museum, which has an abundance of history from the region like bronze idols, ivory carving and even a big chariot from the then rulers of the region.
These are the major attractions within the city for someone who’s short on time, I had one more day though and I chose to ride a bike to Kanyakumari from here and back all in a day’s span.
More details in the next post….