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The other exception is Sri Krishna temple at Udipi, Karnataka where the child form of Lord Krishna - Bala Krishna can be viewed through a silver plated window that has nine small square holes and devotees cannot view the God here through the main door in the Sanctum.
Here at the Vishnu temple the huge stone idol ( Moolavar) is a symbolic representation of 10008 Saligrams (Ammonite fossils of Paleozoic Era preserved in sedimentary rocks in the Himalayan Mountain ranges; the whorls look like Sri Chakra (Disc), hence the fossil stones are considered holy) collected from the banks of the river Gandaki in Nepal. The Saligram stones were plastered on top by the Katu Sarkara yogam which is a special ayurvedic mix that binds them. This also helps to keep the idol free from pests. Regular anointing or abisekam, which is a regular temple ritual in numerous Hindu temples, is not done here. Flowers are used for puja and they are carefully removed by using peacock feathers to avoid damaging the Ayurvedic mix - Katu Sarkara. Only the Maharajah of Travancore has the rights to enter and prostrate before the lord in the Grabagrha - Ottakkal Mandapam as he happens to be the humble Daasa or servant of the Lord in this State which is ruled by Lord Padmanabha Swamy.
The Royal family of Tranvancore is very much attached to the temple
As a matter of fact the royal insignia of Lord Padmanabha, the Valampiri Shankhu or the dextrally coiled conch / shell served as the emblem of the State of Travancore for a long time till the abolition of the princely states and allowances to the ex- princes by the Indian Government and reorganization of the states was done after independence.
Here the lord of the cosmos is supposedly the ruler of this wonderful land that is bestowed with nature's bounties. The lord is always blissful and generous in bestowing his grace on the land and the people living there and is being held in great esteem and in reverence by the natives. During the British Raj, the British rulers followed a strange tradition as part of their protocol with respect to Princely states based on the extend of land and revenues. The presiding lord of the universe was entitled to a 21 gun salute, a military tradition of greatest honor in the colonial days and the colonial rulers never failed to respect the age-old Indian traditions. Being the head, the presiding deity assumes the title "Perumal"
Considered as one among the 108 holiest abodes of Vishnu (divya desam ) - this famous shrine is being visited by thousands of people a day. After the accidental discovery of the vast treasures worth 25 to 30 billion dollars (antique value is not added; treasures are several centuries old) a few years ago, this place of veneration has become more popular than ever before.
The temple was renovated to its present state in the 18th century by Maharajah Sri Anizham Tirunal Marthanda Varma. The temple is surrounded by tall boundary walls with big entrances on all four sides. The main entrance is through the East entrance on the East Nada.