Ambalapuzha Sri Krishna Temple
We had many visits to Amabalapuzha Sri
Krishna Temple. This is a wonderful temple situated at Ambalappuzha near
Alappuzha. The temple is very famous for the 'Palpayasam' which many tell
as famous than the deity in Amabalapuzha.
Amabalappuzha temple is dedicated Lord Sri Krishna. This temple has
beautiful architecture in its old buildings. Also this temple has
association with Guruvayur Temple.
History tells that Amabalapuzha temple was erected in 800 AD by
Chempakassery Raja. Another tale connected with the temple is related to
the Great Vilwamangalam Swamiyar. The idol of the presiding deity Sri
Krishna inside the main sanctum at Ambalapuzha Temple is an enchanting
idol carved out of black granite and was installed in 1613 A.D.
Champakulam Moolam Boat Race is conducted every year to commemorate the
establishment of Lord Krishna's idol in the Ambalapuzha Temple premises.
This festival is conducted every year on the Moolam day of the Mithunam
month of the Malayalam era.
We were lucky to taste the Ambalapuzha Palpayasam which is the sweet milk
porridge made of Rice, Milk and Sugar. The Payasam tasted heavenly. Any
one who need the Palpayasam needs to book it in advance and can have the
prasadam after the Nivedyam to Lord Krishna in the afternoon.
Velakali is important in this temple during the Ambalappuzha Arattu.
Ambalapuzha Temple is the birth place of 'Ottanthullal', a folk dance of
Kerala. Kunjan Nambiar who is the father of Ottanthullal was playing 'Mizhavu'
(a musical instrument) for Chakyar's 'Koothu' (another art form of Kerala)
at Ambalappuzha temple. In between the play, Nambiar slept and Chakyar
made fun of him.
Kunjan Nambiar decided to attract Chakyar's audience with a new art form
created by him. This is the story associated with the birth of
Ambalapuzha is easily accessible by road from Alappuzha. The temple is
close to NH47 Highway between Alappuzha and Haripad. Any one who visit
Alappuzha need to visit this beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Krishna
and enjoy the Palpayasam from the temple.