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The capital city of Kerala - Thiruvananthapuram (also known as Trivandrum) derives its name from the deity at the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, the most popular tourist attraction in Trivandrum. Thiru-Anantha-Puram means the town of Anantha, the serpent God. The temple is believed to be more than 2000 years old.
Historic records point out that Thiruvananthapuram shot into limelight in the 18th century when the capital was shifted here from Padmanabhapuram, a town located little down south. The erstwhile rulers of the then Travancore State, taking on the title of Padmanabhadas (servant of Lord), had dedicated themselves completely to the service of the Lord residing in the temple here. This meant that the deity owns the kingdom while the king is the mere executor of the trust. After independ + more about Thiruvananthapuram