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Situated in the village of Karumadi, around 3 kms away from Alappuzha in Kerala, is the shrine of Karumadikkuttan; the name literally translates to the ‘boy from Karumadi’. Set on the banks of Punnamada lake in the backwaters, the temple majorly houses three feet high, a black granite statue of Buddha and is a venerated religious site among the Buddhists.
The statue dates back to the 10th century AD and is believed to have been abandoned in the nearby stream called ‘Karumadi thodu’ from where it was later recovered in the 1930s, by Sir Robert Bristow, a British official. However, the left half of the statue was damaged and only half of the entire body could be restored.
The British official made adequate efforts to preserve the religious heritage, and apposite measures were taken to establish the spot as a pilgrimage site for Buddhism. Maintained and managed by the Kerala State government currently, the quaint village is flocked by devotees in large numbers.
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