Timings : 3:00 AM - 12:30 PM and 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Time Required : 1 - 2 hrs
Entry Fee : No Entry Fee
Located in the district of Ambalappuzha, Alappuzha in the state of Kerala in South India, Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. Built in the traditional Kerala style architectural pattern, the temple is famous for its delicious rice pudding prepared in sweet milk, popularly known as Pal Payassam. Also called as the ‘Dwarka of the South’, the temple is believed to have been built between 15th - 17th AD by the local king Chembakkassery Pooradam Thirunal Devanarayanan Thampuran. The main deity presiding the temple called Parthasarathi (another name for Lord Krishna) is carved out of black granite stone and carries the sacred conch (shankh) in the left hand and a whip in the right.
The marvellous pilgrimage centre is brimming with devotees and tourists alike, all throughout the year. The shrine is one of the oldest in the region and the history is associated with the Guruvayur Temple located in the Thissur district of Kerala itself. It is believed that the main idol was brought here from the Guruvayur temple during the raids of Tipu Sultan in 1789 for safekeeping; and it stayed here ever since. The temple also has a majestic collection of paintings depicting the ten avatars (Dasavatar) of Lord Vishnu which add to the all-around rich cultural ambience of the place. A musical instrument called ‘Mizhavu’ is displayed at the entrance of the temple. Besides, it houses a little pond where you can feed the fish and spend a few minutes admiring the rich heritage of the pilgrim centre.
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