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Janardhanaswamy Temple

Address: NH 47 | Near Papnashnam Beach, Varkala, India
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Ranked #3 of 13 Attractions in Varkala
Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Easy to get to as located just 5 mins from beach but typically the area around is just not well maintained. Still well worth a visit though

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Kochi (Cochin), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

This was my morning task on New Years Day. Took an early morning trip to the temple. It was a little crowded and I had to go to another temple too, so I was in a little bit of a hurry. I asked the pujari there what puja can be done to receive prasad quickly. He pointed me to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We loved our visit here, we went at sunset and got to enjoy many lit candles and ceremonies/prayers in progress. There is interesting architecture and a tree full of dolls. If you are in Varkala you should pop in and experience this lovely slice of culture to get away from the familiar European vibe you get all along the beach... More 

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Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

a place for all hindus to pray for their ancestors has a nice feel.. u need to go to temple junction and then find your way from the cliff be careful of some people in orange trying to get u in

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This is a super special temple, over 2000 years old. We went in the daytime and wandered around but at night it really comes alive and is awe inspiring. We saw intense drumming, worship and beautiful candle light. We felt welcome but remember to pay if you would like to take photos.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Must Visit in Varkala. It is a 2000 year old temple and speaks volumes about the culturally rich life of our ancestors and the wonderful science of temple architecture.

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Trivandrum
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Janardhana Swami Temple which lies in the direction of Varkala beach is a famous religious site here. This holy shrine is believed to be constructed nearly 2000 years ago. An interesting mythology is behind the construction of this temple. According to this, the Janardhana Swami Temple was built by a Pandyan ruler after Lord Brahma forgave a sin committed by... More 

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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Had been to this temple multiple times. This vishnu temple is around 2000 years old. The papanasam beach is very near to this temple. This temple is famous for the "bali tharpanam"(Offering obeisances to the departed souls and forefathers)

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Very conservative and nice to see that the traditions are well maintained.One of the very few locations where you can offer prayers for the souls of those who aren't with us any more.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

If you are planning to visit varkala, then janardhana temple is a must watch. Its an ancient hindu temple following religious rituals.Good architecture. Neat surroundings. But what attracted me is the peaceful and calm atmosphere which gives me an elated bliss. Spending some time here really drains all your stress. Do not miss this place.

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