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Ambalapuzha Temple in Kerala – Dwarka of the South

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Ambalapuzha Sri Krishna Temple, popularly known as Ambalapuzha Temple, is one of the best examples of temple architecture in Kerala. This temple is also called the Dwarka of the South. It is believed that the idol of Sri Krishna Temple of Guruvayur was brought to this temple in 1789 for safe keeping, during raids of Tipu Sultan.

Let us take a virtual tour of this Krishna Temple and know more about the interesting facts of the temple.

Ambalapuzha Temple is located at Ambalapuzha in Alapuzha district of Kerala. The temple was built by the erstwhile King Chembakassery Pooradam Thirunal Devanarayanan Thampuran between 15th and 17th century A.D.


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Inside the temple, you can find Dasavatharam, the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu, displayed on the inner walls of the temple. The idol of Lord Krishna resembles that of Parthasarathy which is a form that the Lord took during Mahabharatha. The idol has a shankh (conch) and a whip in both his hands.

Ambalapuzha palpayasam, a special sweet porridge prepared in the temple is quite famous. It is also believed that Lord Krishna comes here to taste his favourite dish everyday. The prasad is made of milk, rice and sugar.

Fairs & Festivals of Ambalapuzha Temple

Ambalapuzha Aarattu, the annual fair of the temple, is held here during the month of March/April. One of the unique events of this festival is Velakali, a martial dance form that is shown during the festival. Other festivals of the temple include Palipana which is held every twelve years once.


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How to Reach Ambalapuzha Temple

The temple is located around 14km from Alapuzha. Buses are available from the Alapuzha temple, and Alapuzha is well connected to many other places via road.

Temples Near Ambalapuzha Temple in Kerala

Apart from this unique Krishna Temple, there are several other temples worth visiting at this place, which include Pallikkavu Devi Temple, Kayippalli Sri Devi Temple, Erattukulangara Shiva Temple and Puthukulangara Devi Temple.


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Head to this amazing temple in Kerala to witness the marvellous Kerala style temple architecture, and to have one of the tastiest of temple prasads that you would get in the state!

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