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Ambalapuzha Sri Krishna Temple, is a Hindu temple in Ambalappuzha, Alapuzha district of Kerala, in south India. This famous temple, an ancient symbol of heritage, is said to have been built by the ruler of the land, Chembakasserry Pooradam Thirunal-Devanarayanan Thampuran around 790 AD (during 15th–17th AD).
The presiding deity in the sanctum - Srikovil Parthasarthi (Lord Vishnu), is in his traditional warrior form with a whip in right hand and a conch in the left. While the Sankam or Sangu (conch) is a symbol associated with Lord Vishnu and His many incarnations. Closely linked to the Guruvayoor Sri Krishna Temple, Guruvayoor, Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple is a rare Vishu temple with its presiding deity wielding a whip.
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It is interesting to note that during the raids of Tipu Sultan of Mysore in 1789, who was known to hate the Hindus in his early periods of his rule, the rare idol of Sri Krishna from the Guruvayoor Temple, was brought to the Ambalappuzha Temple for safe keeping. The payasam - prasadam served in the Ambalappuzha Temple is so famous that visitors throng the counter to get the prasadam. It is a sort of sweet pudding, gently watery made of rice and well boiled milk. It is strongly believed that Sri Krishna himself comes to this temple daily to partake of this wonderfully tasty Paalpayasam
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him not to pay the debt immediately but could pay him over a period. The king would serve paal-payasam (made of rice) in the temple freely to the pilgrims every day until the debt was paid off.
The famous Amabalapuzha temple festival, also referred to as the Chambakulam Moolam water festival, first established in the 15th century by the Chembakassery Devanarayana Dynasty, is conducted with great joy and fanfare every year on the Moolam day of the Mithunam month of the Malayalam era.
The important Aaraattu festival, that commences with temple flag hoisting ceremony on the Atham star in Meenam (March-April), takes place on the Thiruvonam day of the same month. In this temple 'Pallipana' is performed by 'Velans' (sorcerers) once in twelve years.
Lots of people visit this beautiful temple with impressive architecture. Devout Hindus from Kerala and neighboring states such as Tamil Nadu and Karnataka visit this holy temple as part of their pilgrimage tour.
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