Padmanabhapuram Palace

Padmanabhapuram Palace (Tamil: பத்மநாபபுரம் அரண்மனை, Malayalam: പത്മനാഭപുരം കൊട്ടാരം) is a Travancore era palace located in Padmanabhapuram, Kalkulam taluk of Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu. It is also known as Kalkulam Palace.

Padmanabhapuram is the former capital city of the erstwhile Hindu Kingdom of Travancore. It is around 20km from Nagercoil, and 60km from Thiruvananthapuram city.[1] The palace is complex inside with an old granite fortress around four kilometers long. The palace is located at the foot of the Veli Hills, which forms a part of the Western Ghats. The river Valli flows nearby.[2] Another palace known as kuttalam Palace is situated in Kuttalam in Tenkasi, Thirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu which is also under the ownership of Kerala government. It is situated in the Tenkasi, Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu (before state reorganisation, Kanyakumari District, Chenkottah Taluk, Tenkasi Taluk including the areas of Kuttalam are in the control of Travancore Kingdom in Kerala).

Padmanabhapuram Clock Tower
Padmanabhapuram Palace

Construction

The palace was constructed around 1601 AD by Iravi Varma Kulasekhara Perumal who ruled Venad between 1592 and 1609. It is believed that the Thai Kottaram was built in 1500. The founder of modern Travancore, King Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma (1706–1758) who ruled Travancore from 1729 to 1758, rebuilt the palace in around 1750. King Marthaanda Varma dedicated the kingdom to his family deity Sree Padmanabha, a form of Lord Vishnu and ruled the kingdom as Padmanabha dasa or servant of Lord Padmanabha. Hence the name Padmanabhapuram or City of Lord Padmanabha. In the late 18th century, precisely in 1795 the capital of Travancore was shifted from here to Thiruvananthapuram, and the place lost its former glory. However, the palace complex continues to be one of the best examples of traditional Kerala architecture, and some portions of the sprawling complex are also the hallmark of traditional Kerala style architecture. The Palace though surrounded entirely by the State of Tamil Nadu is still part of Kerala and the land and Palace belongs to the Government of Kerala. This Palace is maintained by the Govt.of Kerala Archaeology Department.

Padmanabhapuram palace ClockTower
The Clock Tower and the Roof of the Padmanabhapuram Palace
Mantrasala
Mantrasala (Council chamber)

Unique rooms

The Padmanabhapuram Palace complex consists of several structures:

  • Mantrasala; the King's Council Chamber
  • Thai Kottaram, constructed before 1550
  • Nataksala; the Performance Hall
  • A four-storeyed mansion at the centre of the complex
  • Thekee Kottaram; the Southern Palace

Central mansion

The four-storeyed building is located at the centre of the palace complex. The ground floor houses the royal treasury. The first floor houses the King's bedrooms. The ornamental bedstead is made of 64 types of herbal and medicinal woods, and was a gift from the Dutch merchants. Most of the rooms here and in other parts of the palace complex have built-in recesses in walls for storing weapons like swords and daggers. The second floor houses the King's resting and study rooms. Here the King used to spend time during fasting days. The top floor (called upparikka malika) served as the worship chamber of the royal household. Its walls are covered with exquisite 18th century murals, depicting scenes from the puranas, and also few scenes from the social life of the Travancore of that time. The top floor was supposed to be Sree Padmanabha Swamy's room. This building was constructed during the reign of King Marthandavarma. He was also designated as Padmanabha Dasa and used to rule the Travancore kingdom as a servant of Sree Padmanabha Swamy.

Southern Palace

The southern palace is as old as the ‘Thai kottaram’ (Mother's palace), which would make it about 400 years old. Now, it serves as a heritage museum, exhibiting antique household articles and curios. Collections of items give an insight into the social and cultural ethos of that period.

Other features

De Lannoy Surrender
Depiction at Padmanabhapuram Palace of Eustachius De Lannoy of the Dutch East India Company surrender to Maharaja Marthanda Varma of the Kingdom of Travancore after the Battle of Colachel.

The Padamnabhapuram Palace complex has several other interesting features:

  • The palace is located near Thuckalay, Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu state but administered by the Government of Kerala state.
  • The clock tower in the palace complex has a 300-year-old clock, which still keeps time.
  • A big hall now bare, which can accommodate around 1000 guests, and where ceremonial feasts were held, on auspicious occasions.
  • A secret passage, now blocked, through which the king, his immediate family members, and their entourage could escape to another palace, located several kilometers away in the event of any emergency. Name of this palace is Charottu kottaram.
  • A flight of steps leads to a bathing pond, which has lost its freshness due to neglect and years of disuse.
  • The palace complex also has a section of curios and several interesting objects:
    • An entire room filled with old Chinese jars, all gifts by Chinese merchants.
    • A variety of weapons (which were actually used in warfare), including swords and daggers.
    • Brass lamps, wood and stone sculpture, a variety of furniture and large mirrors made of polished metal.
    • A gallery of paintings depicting incidents from the history of Travancore.
    • A wooden cot made of up to 64 wooden pieces of a variety of medicinal tree trunks
    • Polished stone cot, meant for cool effect
    • Toilet and well

Gallery

Padmanabhapuram Palace 1

Padmanabhapuram Palace (Side View)

Padmanabhapuram Palace 2

Padmanabhapuram Palace

Padmanabhapuram Palace 3

Padmanabhapuram Palace (Front View)

Padmanabhapuram Palace 5

Padmanabhapuram Palace

Padmanabhapuram Palace 6

Padmanabhapuram Palace

Padmanabhapuram Palace 7

Padmanabhapuram Palace and Pond

Kuthira Vilakku 1

Kuthira Vilakku (Side View)

Kuthira Vilakku 2

Kuthira Vilakku

Navarathri Mandapam

Navarathri Mandapam

See also

References

  1. ^ "Distance between Trivandrum and Padmanabhapuram". Retrieved 3 Nov 2017.
  2. ^ "Padmanabhapuram Palace - Padmanabhapuram Palace Trivandrum Kerala, Padamanabha Puram Palace Thiruvananthapuram India". Iloveindia.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20.

Coordinates: 8°15′03″N 77°19′36″E / 8.250916°N 77.326702°E

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Marthandam is a major trade centre in Kuzhithura municipality across National Highway (NH 47) in the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu, India. Also known to some by the name Thoduvetty (another name for the Marthandam market region), it was a portion of Kanyakumari district which was added to the state of Tamil Nadu on 1 November 1956.

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Moolachel, or Moolachy, is a village in Kanniyakumari District in the southern tip of India.

The primary occupation in this small village is agriculture. By the improvement of education, people are getting into various fields and also in various countries. There is a CSI Church (CSI Hacker Memorial Church) at the village center. There is a Creche and a matriculation School ran by the Church. Government High School and TNEB Sub Station/Office are also there in Moolachel. This village also have active self-help groups, which has helped a great deal.People of all religions live here. A channel runs across the village. It gives more beauty to the village

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Thuckalay

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Vijayakrishnan was a member of the Kerala State Film Award Committee, National Award Committee and the Indian Panorama Selection Committee for Filmotsav 1986. At present, he is a member of the Indian Central Board for Film Certification, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, and former Director Board Member of Kerala State Film Development Corporation. He is also a member of Board of Studies in Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University.

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