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TVC/Thiruvananthapuram Central (Trivandrum) (5 PFs)
Local Name: Thampanoor
तिरुवनंतपुरम सेंट्रल
തിരുവനന്തപുരം സെൻട്രൽ

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Updated: Apr 23 2023 (16:32) by Manoj851120~
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Number of Platforms: 5
Number of Halting Trains: 43
Number of Originating Trains: 30
Number of Terminating Trains: 30
Tel; 0471-2321622, Opp KSRTC Bus Stand,Thampanoor / Power House Road, Thiruvananthapuram 695001
State: Kerala
Elevation: 7 m above sea level
Type: Regular
Category: NSG-2
Zone: SR/Southern
Division: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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Nov 14 2022 (12:52)   TVC/Thiruvananthapuram Central (Trivandrum) (5 PFs)
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Alight Here For Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

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Timing :
- 03:30 am to 04:45 am, 06:30am to 07:00am, 08:30am to 10:00am, 10:30am to 11:15am, 11:45am to 12:00 noon

Evening- 05.00 pm to 06.15 pm, 06:50pm to 07:20pm

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Features of Maha Kshetram (Great Temple)
Other than the accepted spiritual and structural aspects, the following ten characteristics elevate the position of a temple to a Mahakshetram (Great Temple). They are antiquity, presence of records, historical importance, origin in a forest, nearness to an ocean, location at an elevation, royal connections, mention in ancient literatures, magnificence of architecture and grandeur of festivals. The Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple qualifies all these characteristics.

Ananthasayanam Idol
It is believed that twelve Salagramas stones, when worshipped together gain the potency of a Mahakshetram (Great Temple). The interior of the Katusarkara Idol of Sree Padmanabha Swamy is made up of twelve thousand and eight (12008) Salagramas collected from the bed of the river Gandaki in Nepal. Salagramas represent Sree Maha Vishnu. This Temple gains the greatness and sanctity of a thousand great temples.

The presence of Shiva
The presence of Shiva within the Sreekovil adds significance to the sanctity of a Maha Kshetram dedicated to Vishnu. Many areas of the Temple are adorned with the images of Lord Shiva. As in many other Temples in Malayala Nadu, this Temple too stood free of cult clashes that often marred the face of orthodox religion in part of India. Siva’s presence is proof enough.

Ottakkal Mandapam
The Ottakkal Mandapam (single stone platform) in the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is a striking feature. The Mandapam is in front of the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Sree Padmanabhaswamy. This structure is built with a single slab of granite which is two and a half feet thick and twenty feet square. The Abhishekams to Sree Padmanabhaswamy are performed in this Mandapam. Its granite pillars are covered with gold.

Abhisravana Mandapam
This structure is in front of the Ottakkal Mandapam but outside the Cherruchuttu containing the sanctum sanctorum. Special poojas related with Temple festivals are performed here. Devotees use this Mandapam for meditation and prayer.

Kulasekhara Mandapam
It is a marvelous and fantastic architectural work on stone. It is also known as Aayiramkaal Mandapam and Sapthaswara Mandapam. It is supported by 28 balustrades of pillars. The pillars on the four corners can produce musical notes when tapped. The pillars are adorned with exquisitely carved figures in half and full relief.

The Golden flag-staff (Dwaja Stambham)
An eighty feet high pole near the eastern corridor was installed by Anizham Tirunal. A teak wood of this dimension was carried from the nearby forest to the Temple. As per Sastras the wood should not touch the ground while in transport. The teak pole was then covered completely with gold foils. The apex of the flag pole has a figure of Garuda Swamy, in kneeling posture..

Nine Entrances
The Temple has nine entrances, indicating the nine orifices of the human body..

The Temple has a seven storeyed gopuram built on the eastern entrance. It is a fine example of South Indian architecture an is exclusively in Dravidian style. It is about 35 meters height. On the top there are 7 golden domes suggesting pointers to the seven Worlds. The 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu are portrayed inside the first storey of the gopuram. The other three entrances are double storied Padippuras in typical Kerala Style. Entry to the upper levels of the Gopuram is restricted

The Sreebalippura (Corridor)
The Temple has a marvelous Sreebalippura. This magnificent rectangular corridor built of stone surrounds the main shrines and it is through this corridor that the Vahanams are taken out during Sreebali(procession). Records say that daily 4000 stone artisans, 6000 laborers and 100 elephants worked for a period of 6 months to finish the construction of the Sreebalippura. Sreebalippura is supported by 365 and a one quarter of pillars. Each pillar is a monolith. The master artisan Ananthapadmanabha Moothassari was in charge of the work.

Theerthams (Sacred water resources)
The Temple has a large number of sacred water resources situated even in places far away from the Temple. Of these, the main one Padmatheertham is located on the eastern side of the Temple. Padmatheertham is one of the oldest water bodies in the city of Thiruvananthapuram.

Large numbers of bells adorn the Temple. In most cases the tip of the bell has a metal banian leaf attached to its tongue.

Multiplicity of Mandapams
Another feature of this Temple is the multiplicity of Mandapams (platforms). There are 11 mandapams in the Temple and 8 in the Padmatheertham pond.

Mural Paintings
The outer walls of the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Padmanabha and Sree Krishna are adorned with murals. Of these, the Ananthasayanam on the backside of the sanctum is termed as the largest one among the temple murals of Kerala, and was painted by a Brahmin artist by name Chalayil Kalahasti. It is of 18 feet long.

Thiruvambadi Sree Krishnaswamy Temple
Even though the Thiruvambadi Sree Krishna Swamy Temple is inside the main Temple walls, it enjoys the status of a separate Temple with separate flag-staff, sacred stones and its own rites and rituals. It is quite unusual.

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Nov 14 2022 (13:47)
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Please Tag the Station
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Nov 14 2022 (14:02)
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Nov 06 2023 (10:23)   20632/Thiruvananthapuram Central - Mangaluru Central Vande Bharat Express | TVC/Thiruvananthapuram Central (Trivandrum) (5 PFs)
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I had travelled from TVC to TCR in 20632 Vande Bharat Express on 4th November 2023. I have attached a pic of catering services available in the train. Could be useful for passengers to plan for opting food preference.
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Nov 06 2023 (12:47)
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Useful info. Thanks.

How was the journey, rush etc. Any specific feedback ?
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Nov 07 2023 (10:55)
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I was not aware of the fact that incoming 20631 will not return as 20632. But the porters and VB staff guided me back to PF.No.1 where another rake would be coming. On that day, 20632 ran with white rake. Our coach was full. Intermediate travellers are more in number. Got good priority till Kayankulam. After we joined ALLP line, we were crawling and halted before Cheppad for 30 mins. Again we started and stopped after 10 mins. This happened again and again. And we halted at Harippad. Finally after getting delayed by more than 1.5 hrs, we arrived at ALLP. This was due to signal failure as informed by TTE. After ALLP, we were trolled very badly being halted at MAKM to give way for some other train. Got good priority post ERS.Finally, we reached TCR delayed by 2 hours. One passenger who boarded from ERS was complaining to...
the TTE as he had to miss his connecting train due to this delay.
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Food, journey everything is excellent. Had there been no signal failure, the journey would have been pleasant. People can opt for this train without hesitation.

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Nov 07 2023 (15:52)
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Good feedback. Yes there are a set if trains departing from ERS around 8pm like ERS-Okha, ERS-Ajmer and few others as well. For people between TVC-ERS (via Allp), this VB is a good connecting option. And rightly said that the main success of VB in Kerala is because of the intermediate passengers and coverage to almost all major towns/districts in Kerala
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Nov 09 2023 (18:18)
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Adding to the above tip, the VB attendants were all local people which I have not seen so far in my travel experience. They speak Malayalam and also Hindi very fluently.
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Nov 10 2023 (13:16)
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Yes this was highlighted in the beginning when the services started and also there were escalations that the food served was not local cuisine and was not good. Later they have corrected it. The base kitchen cooks are local staff and also good to see that they have deployed staff who can converse in local language. Hope the other VB' in TN and Karnataka also take a leaf out of this
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Aug 05 2018 (12:12)   TVC/Thiruvananthapuram Central (Trivandrum) (5 PFs)
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Plastic bottle crushing machine is available at Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station
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Feb 19 2018 (14:26)   TVC/Thiruvananthapuram Central (Trivandrum) (5 PFs)
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Catering stall opened on the 2nd entry side of Trivandrum Central Station
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Jun 16 2017 (17:24)   TVC/Thiruvananthapuram Central (Trivandrum) (5 PFs)
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Battery Car available.
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