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Alappuzha -> 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 Ottanthullal.

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.

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