Ambalapuzha Shree Krishna Temple, Alleppey

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Address: SH 12, Ambalapuzha, Kerala 688561, Alleppey, India

Phone: +91-4772272090

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Time Required: 01:00 Hrs

Timings: 03:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

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About Ambalapuzha Shree Krishna Temple, Alleppey

The Ambapuzha Shree Krishna Temple is supposed to have been built during the 15th – 17th century by the local ruler called Chembakasserry Pooradam Thirunal Devanarayanan Thampuran.

The major attraction here is the ‘payasam’ or the delicious pudding made with rice and sweetened milk which is popular among many Hindus. An interesting mythological legend says that every day when the payasam is distributed among devotees here, Lord Guruvayoorappan visits here around the same time.

The legend behind this payasam says that once Lord Vishnu appeared in the court of the king here and challenged him for a game of chess. The king being a chess enthusiast himself happily agreed to the invitation and told the sage to decide what prize he wanted if he won. The sage very modestly said that his needs were very few and he would only take grains of rice from him in a measure as how much it would be if they placed it on the chess board. They would have to measure it in such a way that the first square would have one grain, the second would have two, third would have four, the fourth sixteen and so on in a way that every square will have the multiple amounts of grains of its predecessor. The king not understanding the trick became upset that the sage asked for such a meager amount when he could happily give away so many other things. In an obvious manner the sage won the game and now it was time to measure the amount of grain in the decided manner. When the counting started the number of grains started increasing and it went on to more than a trillion and the king realized that he would not be able to fulfill his promise even if he would add all the grains of his kingdom and the neighboring kingdoms put together. In this moment of crisis, Lord Vishnu appeared in his avatar and told the king that he would not have to pay his prize at once but will have to in time. It id from that time that the payasam with milk and rice is offered to the Lord every day to pay off his debt.

The Ambalapuzha Festival is the main festival celebrated here to mark the commemoration ceremony of the establishment of the temple deity. This festival is also known as the Chambakulam Moolam Water Festival. The other main festival here is the Aarattu Festival.

Ambalapuzha Shree Krishna Temple Information

  • You are required to dress up in a proper manner and no shorts, skirts and sleeveless dresses are allowed.
  • Footwear is not allowed inside the temple.
  • Photography is not allowed in the temple.

How To reach Ambalapuzha Shree Krishna Temple by Public Transport

  • The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport.
  • The nearest railway station is the Alleppey Railway Station.

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Ambalapuzha Shree Krishna Temple, Alleppey Reviews

  • A wonderful temple steeped in history. Opens at 03.00 until 12.00 and from 17.00 to 19.45. The palpayasam is the stuffing legend and is much in demand. Book in advance.

  • Scerene & peaceful. You trumultous mind becomes peaceful the moment you enter the temple. The old architecture makes the sanctum and surrounding areas cool & refreshing.

  • This is more than 300year's old trdictinol Sree Krishna temple. Peace full feeling and fabulous place it's too amazing experience. I suggested, may I invite all of them.

  • Known as the Guruvayur of the south. People who visit here should taste the legendary "AMBALAPUZHA PALPAYASAM" .One can experience the presence of Lord Krishna in here.There is also a "Goshala" just opposite to the temple which is also a must visit.

  • The Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple is believed to have been built during 15th – 17th AD by the local ruler Chembakasserry Pooradam Thirunal-Devanarayanan Thampuran. The idol at Ambalapuzha is likened to parthasaradhi (പാർത്‌ഥസാരഥി) with a whip in the right hand and a Shankhu (sacred conch) in the left. This temple is directly associated to the guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple. During the raids of tipu sulthan in 1789, the idol of Sri Krishna from the guruvayoor temple was brought to the Ambalappuzha Temple for safe keeping. It kept safely for 12 years. The  Payasam served in the Ambalappuzha Temple is famous among hindu devotees. This sweet pudding made of rice and milk has an interesting mythological legend behind it.It is believed that Guruvayoorappan reaches here daily at the time of Palpayasa Nedyam to have it. The vazhipadu detailes and the main locations photo I attached...

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