Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, Alappuzha

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At Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, find some peace of mind. Enjoy the amazing architecture, and learn about the rich history and legends of this religious place. Feed the fish in the beautiful, clear lake, and try the traditional milk and rice pudding made with secret techniques for centuries. When entering the temple, make sure you wear appropriate clothes to adhere to the modest dress code. Every year the temple holds a religious festival open for visitors. By using our Alappuzha holiday planner, you can arrange your visit to Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple and other attractions in Alappuzha.
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  • August 13, 2017
    When I visited Sree Krishna Temple in Ambalapuzha, it was a unique and different experience from what I usually have in Krishna temples in my region. The idol of lord Krishna is different and it is ne...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple devoted to lord krishna and is know as dekshina guruvayur .. famous for "palpayasam ". ambalapuzha palpayasam is very famous nevadiyam in this temple  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    The temple is around 15 kms from Alleppey and one of the very famous temples around. The Shree Krishna Temple is a peaceful place for devotion. One thing to note is that the male person entering the c...  more »
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  • June 28, 2017
    Very nice place...devine and peacefull.. SuCh a nice place to relax your mind
  • June 29, 2017
    Who am I to review the abode of Parthasarathy of Ambalapuzha? I'm alive and breathing only because of thy besslings and mercy. However, the temple management has become overly commercial these days, partly due to "capitalist bakhti" of devotees and greedy priests offering pasadom like commodity. Shree Krishna Sami temple will always be my favourite place on the planet to visit for some contemplation and peace of mind which apparently one can't buy with all the money, fame and profit.
  • July 4, 2017
    It is greate worship place of lord krishna as guruvyur.
  • June 19, 2017
    Awesome partisan The place is famous for its prasad, first 150 odd people can buy on a daily basis...Starts at about 12pm ...
  • June 8, 2017
    The Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple is believed to have been built during 15th – 17th AD by the local ruler Chembakasserry Pooradam Thirunal-Devanarayanan Thampuran. The idol at Ambalapuzha is likened to Parthasarthi (പാർത്‌ഥസാരഥി) with a whip in the right hand and a Shankhu (sacred conch) in the left. This temple is directly associated to the Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple. During the raids of Tipu Sultan in 1789, the idol of Sri Krishna from the Guruvayoor Temple was brought to the Ambalappuzha Temple for safe keeping. It kept safely for 12 years. The payasam served in the Ambalappuzha Temple is famous among Hindu devotees. This sweet pudding made of rice and milk has an interesting mythological legend behind it.It is believed that Guruvayoorappan reaches here daily at the time of Palpayasa Nedyam to have it.According to the legend, God Krishna once appeared in the form of a sage in the court of the king who ruled the region and challenged him for a game of chess (or chaturanga). The king being a chess enthusiast himself gladly accepted the invitation. The prize had to be decided before the game and the king asked the sage to choose his prize in case he won. The sage told the king that he had a very modest claim and being a man of few material needs, all he wished was a few grains of rice. The amount of rice itself shall be determined using the chess-board in the following manner. One grain of rice shall be placed in the first square, two grains in the second square, four in the third square, eight in the fourth square, sixteen in 5th square and so on. Every square will have double of its predecessor.[1] Upon hearing the demand, the king was unhappy since the sage requested only a few grains of rice instead of other riches from the kingdom which the king would have been happy to donate. He requested the sage to add other items to his prize but the sage declined. So the game of chess started and needless to say the king lost the game. It was time to pay the sage his agreed-upon prize. As he started adding grains of rice to the chess board, the king soon realised the true nature of the sage's demands. By the 20th square, the number had reached one million grains of rice and by the 40th square, it became one million million. The royal granary soon ran out of grains of rice. The king realised that even if he provides all the rice in his kingdom and his adjacent kingdoms, he will never be able to fulfill the promised reward. The number of grains was increasing as a geometric progression and the total amount of rice required to fill a 64-squared chess board is ((2^64) - 1) which is equal to the number 18,446,744,073,709,551,615 translating to trillions of tons of rice. Upon seeing the dilemma, the sage appeared to the king in his true-form, that of God Krishna. He told the King that he did not have to pay the debt immediately but could pay him over time. The king would serve paal-payasam (made of rice) in the temple freely to the pilgrims every day until the debt was paid off.

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