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Janardhana Swami Temple, Varkala

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Located on a tabletop-shaped hill, Janardhana Swami Temple represents a jewel of Keralan architecture. Embark on the moderately difficult climb up the stairs to the top of the hill, where you'll see the richly colored gate to the temple. Admire the two idols that guard the gate and proceed into the beautifully built and decorated site, where you'll find another idol of Sri in the main shrine. Take a break after the hike by the temple’s pond and well, which brims with clear water. You can’t take photographs inside the temple, but you can take plenty of great snaps from the outside. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Varkala holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Janardhana Swami Temple and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Felt very good visiting here. A 2000 years old temple! Must place to visit. Men need to remove shirts inside the temple. 
  • The Janardhana Swami Temple is beautiful, especially in the evening when all oil lamps are lit. You should visit him daily, because it is different every night. Unfortunately they have "restored" the venerable Temple pond. ADE beautiful mood. Here is the only large construction site and it will take years until it again turns the old flair.
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  • We visited at dusk, when local Hindus had lit up hundreds of little candles around the temple. We were allowed to watch the ritual (though non-Hindus cannot enter the temple itself). Very special expe...  more »
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  • Janardana Swami Temple is one of oldest and famous temples in kerala nearly 2000 years old situated near the Varkala beach. The presiding deity of this temple is Sri Janarthana Swami. Janardana Swami is a form of Lord Vishnu. There is a very strict rule in dress code, for men. Every year, a ten-day festival with Arattu is conducted on the Malayalam month of Meenam (may be march or april)on the day of Uthram. which is a most popular festivals in south kerala. Over all it is very beautiful ambience .
  • Located close to the Papanasam beach, Janardhana Swamy temple is probably one of the oldest temples in Kerala, around 2000-yr old. Also known as Varkala temple, it has Janardhana Swami, a form of Lord Vishnu as the resident deity. The standing statue of the deity faces towards east with his raised right hand in ‘Aachamanam’ position. The main idol has four arms holding chakra (wheel), shanghu (holy conch shell), kumbham (pot) and gada (mace). The sanctorum entrance has other bright looking idols of Garuda, Lord Shiva, Hanumana and other gods and goddesses. The present structure of Kerala’s prime religious site dates back to the 12th century. It does not only has a religious importance but is also known for its spectacular architectural beauty. On the entrance of the circular sanctum sanctorum, there is an old banyan tree as well. The square-shaped Mandapa (pavilion) has Navagaraha (nine planets) carved on its ceilings. All around the year, this temple is visited by Hindu devotees to perform final rites for the deceased in their families. Every year, the temple becomes the venue of a 10-day Arattu festival in the Meenam month (March-April).
  • A really old temple that's preserved well. The place is really peaceful and has a calming influence. If you're a guy, they insist you take off your shirt.
  • Nice peaceful place. Liked the walls adorned with lamps all over. As usual strict rules for gents in dress code
  • A temple for Lord Vishnu, main festival is Arattu which is conducted on the Malayalam month of Meenam on the day of Uthram