Popularly known as the Sabarimala for Women, Attukal temple is a Hindu shrine located in the heart of the city. Goddess Kannagi (Bhadrakali) is the main deity here. The temple is famous for Attukal Pongala, an annual festival that attracts women devotees from all over the world. Over 3 million women are believed to participate in the festival. It also holds Guinness Book of World Records for being the largest gathering of women in a religious activity.
Santhigiri Ashram functions on three fundamental principles which are Annadanam (alms), Athurasevanam (helping the needy) and Athmabodhanam (self-realisation). These three guiding lights have helped the Ashram transform into a spiritual abode where people flock in large numbers, to attain spiritual and physical cleansing. Established by Navajyothisree Karunakara Guru, his followers later built a monument in the shape of blooming lotus in white marble. Ashram has become a source of authentic spiritual knowledge and a centre of pilgrimage.
Sivagiri in Varkala town is where the samadhi of Sree Narayana Guru rests. In 1904, Narayana Guru built a hermitage on top of the Sivagiri hills and lived there. It is popularly known as the Sivagiri Mutt and the headquarters of Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham, an organisation of his disciples. Every year, his devotees gather at the Sivagiri Mutt from December 30 to January 1. This pilgrimage commemorates Guru and his contributions to the society.
Beemapalli Dargah is dedicated to Syedunnisa Beema Beevi, also affectionately called Amma, and her son Syed us-Shuhada Maheen Abubacker, who came from Arabia. She is believed to be a direct descendant of Prophet Mohammed. Beema Beevi is said to have performed many karamat (miracles), and it is these miraculous powers that drew people of all faiths and caste to come to her. Beemapally Urus is an annual festival that attracts scores of pilgrims to the region. scores of pilgrims to the region.
Madre-de-Deus Church at Vettucaud, under the Latin Catholic Arch Diocese of Trivandrum, bears a history of more than five centuries. It is dedicated to Madre De Deus – which means Mother of God. It is traditionally believed that the Second Apostle of India, Saint Francis Xavier, visited Vettukad somewhere between 1543 and 1547 to evangelize. People from all parts of Kerala and outside, irrespective of caste and creed visit the church seeking the blessings of Christ the King.
Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Thiruvananthapuram takes its name from the presiding deity of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, who is also known as Anantha (one who reclines on Serpent Anantha). One of the wealthiest shrines in the world, Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is one of the 108 Vishnu temples in India. The ambience at the temple is extremely positive and peaceful. Men need to wear mundu (dhoti) and should not wear shirts of any kind, and women, preferably, saree/half saree, while visiting the temple.
Places of Worship
A plethora of places of worship reflect the City’s diverse religious traditions. Ancient temples, colonial-era churches and mosques make Trivandrum the perfect choice for pilgrimage. Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Madre De Deus Church at Vettucaud and Beemapally mosque are among the city’s most impressive landmarks. One must visit Palayam in the heart of the City to see three religious shrines co-existing within a few metres! Overall, Trivandrum offers a unique blend of tradition, history, and spirituality.