Ananthapura Temple


14.1/5(7 Ratings)

Ananthapura Temple Overview

Ranked 3 of 14 sightseeing in Bekal

Ananthapura Temple is a lake temple, which dates back to 9th century. The temple comprises of the Moolasthana of the Anantha Padmanabha Swami. Surrounded by the porch called Chuttambalam, the temple also has a small pond, which is filled with water throughout the year. 

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Ananthapura Temple

Vinod Nair
11th Nov 17

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Kanishka Batra

Kanishka Batra4.3/5

40 reviews

Temple on a Lake

Built on a water-body, it is a nice small temple said to be of great importance being the moolasthanam (where the earths magnetic pull is high) for the Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. Other than the temples deity, the vegetarian crocodile in the pond adjacent to the temple (to the right of the temple) called Babiya is very well known. The crocodile is given parsaadam by the priest prepared at the temple at noon every day (which we missed, and didnt get to see the crocodile) and he eats only that. There is Aarti at the temple at 12.30 pm after which the temple serves a hot meal to devotees who may be present there. Devotees may contribute for this meal. Men must take of their shirt/vest before entering the temple. Kerala temples usually insist on a mundu for men but this was not required here. Women could wear anything which was fully covered.

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Ramit  Batra

Ramit Batra4.3/5

60 reviews

A Mystifying Temple

The Ananthapura Lake Temple is situated in Kasaragod. The temple is in middle of a lake and it will not even overflow in any heavy rain. There is one well in the lake and from there the priests take water for the temple. Another interesting thing is, that a guardian crocodile in the lake named takes only food offerings from devotees. Temple authorities claim that the guardian crocodile is a vegetarian and has never harmed anyone including the fishes in the pond. They say that it only surfaces a few times in a year.

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Sudip Mukhopadhyay

Sudip Mukhopadhyay3.9/5

13 reviews

A temple inside the lake

It is located 18 km away from Kasaragod town and we went by auto and costs around Rs 500 for both way journey. Temple is small but clean and serene. Photography of the deity is not allowed. One crocodile stays in the lake, but we could not see it as it was inside one cave.

Ravi Mittal

Ravi Mittal3.6/5

114 reviews

Serene temple, away from the rush

A small and serene temple away from the rush. Lots of history and an interesting folklore about a Crocodile that lives in the pond around the temple and never comes out.It's the kind of temple that I love to visit, no pujaris or middlemen eating your head to do special pujas. Come by, offer your prayers and leave. It's very peaceful.As with a lot of temples in these parts of India, men are required to go in without their shirts or banians on.

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4 reviews


Good and had peace of mind in the calm atmosphere and wondered about the constuction

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