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Ananthapura Lake Temple.

 

Ananthapura Lake Temple is about 30km from Bekal, this ancient temple amidst a serene lake belongs to the 9th century. The legend is that this temple is the original abode, known as the “Moolasthanam” of Sri Padmanabha Swamy, the presiding deity of the temple at Thiruvananthapuram. The temple lake is also home to a crocodile named Babiya, which, local people believe, guards the temple. The lake in which the Sanctum Sanctorum is built measures about 2 acres. An interesting spot to keep in mind while visiting the temple is a cave to the right corner of the lake. According to the local legend, the deity Anantha Padmanabha chose to go all the way to Thiruvananthapura through that cave. Hence both the places retain similar names, in spite of being on either end of the region.