Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple

Weather :

Tags : Temple

Timings : 3:00 AM - 12:30 PM and 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Time Required : 1 - 2 hrs

Deity of the Temple : Parthasarathi

Planning a Trip? Ask Your Question

Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, Alleppey Overview

Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna situated in Alappuzha district. 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 Payasam.

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.

Must Know Before You Visit Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple

Note: : 1. As per customary temple rituals, the males have to remove their shirts and vests before entering the temple.
2. The temple follows a traditional dress code so we request the women visitors to dress in traditional Indian clothes (saree or suits), otherwise the entry is restricted.
3. The famous prasad Pal Payassam is a must try at the shrine. However, the devotees have to book it before hand. The temple authorities can be contacted on +91- 477 -2272090.
4. Photography is prohibited.

Festivals at Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple

1. Ambalapuzha Temple Festival

Ambalapuzha Temple Festival
It marks the day when the idol of Sree Krishna was brought from some other temple for coronation here. Also called as Chambakulam Moolam Water Festival, it is celebrated every year on the Moolam day o (Read More)f Mithunam month of the Malayalam calendar.

2. Aaraattu festival

Aaraattu festival
Celebrated on the Thiruvonam day of the Meenam month of the Malayalam calendar. It is a flag hoisting ceremony on the Atham star.

3. Pallipana

 It marks the activity of sacrificing humans in ancient days. Celebrated once in every 12 years, the pooja is performed by sorcerers (velans). However, now, cocks have replaced human bodies at th (Read More)e altar.

Read More on Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple

Legend of Ambalapuzha Paal Payassam

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 Thrissur district of Kerala itself. 

The temple holds an extremely fascinating myth behind the distribution of Paal Payasam Prasad aka the rice pudding. It is believed that once Lord Krishna appeared in the court of the then ruling King in the form of a sage and challenged him to a game of chess. The king being a chess enthusiast happily agreed and both the parties proceeded to decide the prize in case of their winning. 

The sage wanted a few grains of rice in case he won; the actual number of grains being decided by the number of squares on the chessboard. It was agreed upon that each proceeding square would hold the exponential number of grains of the preceding square, starting with 1 grain and going on to 2, 4, 16, 256 etc.

The game began and needless to say, the sage won. The king began to give out the prize and on calculation, it was found that the number of grains as per the rules, hugely exceeding the grains in the royal granary. The sage has very wittingly used the concept of geometric progression and outsmarted the king. The final translated number of the grains equalled many trillion tons of rice. The king could not, therefore, keep up with his words and was indebted to the sage.

Then the sage revealed his true identity in the form of Lord Krishna and told the king that he could repay over time by serving rice pudding i.e. paal payasam in the temple till the debt was paid off. This is how the temple got to serving paal payasam to its devotees over time.

How To Reach Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple

The temple is located 14 kms south of the town of Alappuzha in Ambalapuzha on the National Highway 47 (NH 47). You can drive down to the spot or hire a private taxi cab or even an auto. Alternatively, you can travel in one of the state run buses which are available at Kerala State Road Transport Corporation Bus Stand, Alappuzha.

Collections at Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple

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.

Alleppey Travel Packages

Compare quotes from upto 3 travel agents for free

Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple Reviews

Your rating

Have a Question on Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple?

Ask a question from the travellers who have