Tuesday 28 August 2012

Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple and Ambalapuzha Temple Timings

Lord Sri Krishna and Radha
Ambalapuzha Temple is the abode of Lord Sri Krishna and is worshipped as PARTHASARATHY, the charioteer of Arjuna, while some devotees worship him as UNNIKRISHNA. Ambalappuzha a coastal town by the side of NH47 some 13 kilometers south of Alleppey,Kerala state,India, is famous by Sri Krishna Temple situated here.

The temple is situated about 1.5KM on the East of Ambalappuzha Junction.The temple timings are 3:00am to 12:00pm and 5:00pm to 8:00pm

The Legend of Sri Krishna Temple, Ambalapuzha
The area where at present the temple situates was submerged in water and when Champakassery Rajah(Ruler of this temple area in older days) and Vilwamangalam Swamiyar,a renowned Swamiji were going through the waterways in a country-boat,they heard a melodious sound of flute coming from nearby Peepul Tree.

Swamiji enticed by the melodious song,ordered the oarsman to row the boat to the shore. On landing they went in search of the origin of the song,when Swamiyar to his astonishment found Sree Krishna sitting on a branch of Peepul Tree and playing on flute. Seeing this both Rajah and Swamiyar bowed their heads and went round the peepul tree,singing the praise of  Lord Sri Krishna.
Vilwamangalam Swamiyar urged Rajah to build a temple at the place they noticed Lord Sree Krishna playing on his flute.Rajah acquired the area(where the temple was built) from Ambattu Panicker(Owner of the area) and built a temple in AD 790. Installation and Consecration of the Idol of Lord Sri Krishna was done at the aesteric MOOLA in the month of MITHUNAM(Malayalam month)[June/July]. Ever since then that day is observed and celebrated by the people of Ambalappuzha by organizing a boat race,which is popularly known as CHAMPAKULAMM BOAT RACE.

Important Offerings to the Lord Unni Krishna in the Temple:
1.PALAPAYASAM,a broth made of cooked rice,milk and sugar to Lord Sri Krishna which is unique in its preparation and taste.
2.Smearing the idol with Sandal Paste,apart from other offerings such as Archana,Garlanding,Oblations etc.

Important Festivals celebrate in the Temple
1. A Ten-day festival is held in the temple with Flag-Hoisting and ending with Arattu during the month of Meenam(Malayalam month)[March-April]. Spectacular processions are held with deities on decorated Elephants accompanied with various musical instruments,cultural programmes and other religious rituals.
2. A 12 day KALABHAM Festival(swearing of the idol with sandal paste) from the 1st day of Makaram month [January-Febuary] is held every year.

How to Reach Ambalappuzha Temple
Ambalappuzha a coastal town by the side of NH47 some 13 kilometers south of Alleppey (Alappuzha),Kerala state,India is famous by Sri Krishna Temple situated there. 
  • The temple is situated about 1.5KM on the East of Ambalappuzha Junction.
  • The Alleppey is situated 62 kilometers to south of Kochi and 155 kilometers of north of Trivandrum(Thiruvanthapuram).
1)Route1: Tiruvanthapuram--155km-->Alleppey--13km-->Amabalappuzha-Sri Krishna Temple
2)Route2: Kochi--62km-->Alleppey--13km-->Amabalappuzha-Sri Krishna Temple

Temple Address and Contact Telephone Number
The Manager, Ambalappuzha Devaswon Board
Ward II/512,
Contact Telephone Number : 0477-2272090