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Janardhana Swami Temple

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Address: Beach Road | Near Papnashnam Beach, Varkala, India
Phone Number: 2607575

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A special place

We walked past the temple so many times but after seeing the elephants coming down the main stairs it just drew us in. What an amazing place. It is well worth a visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We walked past the temple so many times but after seeing the elephants coming down the main stairs it just drew us in. What an amazing place. It is well worth a visit.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This 2000 year old temple is beautiful and the presentt structure, we are told , dated back to 12th Century. We visited there in the late afternoon in a blinding rain. We were drenched even under umbrella as the rain was really a downpour and we had to climb a few steps to reach at the top where the temple... More 

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Cologne, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

One of the important places for Hindhus. Non- Hindhus feel more or less displaced here. There is a pond to get cleaned and a temple up on a hill, many colorful gods around. Photos are not alowed.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Janardhana Swamy Temple situated in Varkala near the beach. Centuries old temple and powerful god for forefathers and incarnation of Maha Vishnu. They are going to do the Ashtabandhana Kumbhabhishekam for the God and temple in the May 2015 to renew the powers of the temple and God. In the afternoon you will get cooked rice to eat. You can... More 

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Auroville, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

It is not true that non-Hindu are not admitted in this temple. We were admitted even in the inner Sancta sanctorum for a short tour (men have to take off their shirt) and stay for the whole duration of a marriage which was happening that day. It must be a temple dedicated to women and girls, as there is a... More 

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Beijing, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

It's always nice to visit local temples. This one is a 10 mins walk from the beach, on the south cliff. You'd need to pay some money if wanting to take pictures. And I was asked out after stepped in to the main temple (didn't see any sign of not allowing non-hindus in but looks like that's the case). There... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Do spare some time to this 2000 year old wonder standing guard to on this beach town of Varkala. The temple is dedicated to the Lord Vishnu and the presiding deity of this temple is Sri Janarthana Swami which is another form of Lord Vishnu. The predominately stone structure is typical of Kerala temples with oil lamps shimmering in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This 2000 year old temple is must visit when in Varkala. If possible visit it early morning at 5ish or late night, to have a glimpse of the rituals. The presiding deity is a form of Lord Vishnu called as Sri Janarthana Swami. The predominantly stone temple is typical of Kerala Hindu temples with oil lamps light all over. Do... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Hindus only temple, but not over strict on this. Smallish village temple but of some importance. Peaceful - unless there is a festival on!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Absolutely gorgeous - a very special visit. Wonderful to see many people practicing the day we visited.

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