Ambalapuzha Shree Krishna Temple, Alleppey
About Ambalapuzha Shree Krishna Temple, Alleppey
Ambalapuzha Shree Krishna Temple, Alleppey - Address, Phone Number
Address: SH 12, Ambalapuzha, Kerala 688561
Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
Timings: 03:00 am - 08:00 pm Details
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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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Very ancient and vast Krishna temple. Centuries old wall paintings are well preserved inside the temple. Very large pond and there are temple owned elephants. Book the famous palpayasam a day before or get in queue between 12pm and 1pm.
Very nice and big place. Krishna idol is very good. Each instructions are in Malayalam so it is difficult to understand for other language speakers. It should be in English also.
The big temple on the Tiruvalla road with 1km from the NH. Well maintained. At the time our tour on 2016, We are relaxing here in the afternoon and take a bath in the temple Pond within the compass. The outer part of the temple is very big but the inner part is very small. The Krishna is gracing here as a glorious approach.
It's a very calm n quite place... Opens at 5... Do not miss paal payassam...
Must visit temples in south India. Famous for paalpaayasam(milk pudding). Rate : ₹160/litre One litre paayasa per person.
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