Padmatheertham, the pond and its environs in the heart of the city, had an intimate relationship with the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and the people living in the Fort area
Padmatheertham, the pond associated with Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, claims a special space role in the socio-cultural and religious context of historic Thiruvananthapuram. The ancient water body is a silent witness to the history of the Fort area and its environs. At present, the pond represents our cultural identity in the modern urban context.
Ananthapuravarnanam, a 13th-century composition by an unknown poet mentions Ananthatheertham (old name of Padmatheertham) along with other tanks surrounding the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple.
Padmatheertham holds in its depths many interesting titbits of history related to the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple and the royal family of erstwhile Travancore. Later, Sree Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma (1885-1924) made arrangements to store inside the vault, water from the rivers considered sacred, from all over India, enhancing the sanctity of the ancient water body.
Senior citizens who lived in the Fort area and its surroundings had maintained an intimate association with the pond.
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