This is an architectural marvel too: the equinox sun is visible through all the windows of the seven-storied gopuram, the temple tower. The invisible energy field of the idol is believed to spread to a radius of 35 kilometers. The presiding deity, Mahavishnu, the Creator in cosmic slumber on the five-headed serpent is made of an amalgam of jaggery, herbs, and 12008 salagramas from the Gandaki River in Nepal. Handle with care is the axiom for cleansing the idol: peacock feathers are used to remove all the floral offerings made on the idol. Striking a fresh start, away from taboos and caste discrimination, the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple led the way by opening its doors to the Dalits. Get a feel of the temple’s festivals that are exemplary displays of devotion, unflinching dedication and discipline by the believer. Read of the Travancore royal who surrendered to the Supreme and the descendants who to this day adhere to practices laid down centuries ago. Know what makes the benevolent God the richest while going through WORLD’S RICHEST TEMPLE by M G Sasibhooshan.