Ananthapura Lake Temple

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Coordinates: 12°35′1″N 74°58′56″E / 12.58361°N 74.98222°E / 12.58361; 74.98222

Ananthapura Lake Temple, Kasaragod

Ananthapura Lake Temple is a Hindu temple located in the middle of a lake in the Kasargod District of Kerala, South India, at around 6 km from Kumbala. This is the only lake temple in Kerala and is believed to be the original seat (Moolasthana) of Ananthapadmanabha Swami (Padmanabhaswamy temple) Thiruvananthapuram. Legend has it that this is the original site where Ananthapadmanabha settled down.[1][2]

The temple's lake is also home to a crocodile named Babiya, which is supposed to be the guard of the temple. When one dies, another mysteriously takes its place. The Temple lake or tank in which the Sanctum is situated is a large structure measuring 302 feet square (about 2 acres). There is a cave to the right corner of the lake, which has a gate. According to the priests of the temple, god Anantha Padmanabha went to Thiruvananthapuram through that cave. Hence the names of both the places are a bit similar. Also there is a difference in the God idols places in both the temples. the one in Ananthapuram is standing idol and the other in Thiruvananthapuram is a reclining posture.

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