Alappuzha, or Alleppey, is one of the major tourist destinations of Kerala. The place is among the best places known for Kerala backwaters. Tourists flock in to Alappuzha to experience houseboat cruises and some great Kerala food.
Well, apart from the scenic beauty of the place, Alappuzha also has some amazing temples that are worth exploring. Let us take a look at some of them.
Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple in Alappuzha is one of the famous temples in Kerala. The temple is built in typical Kerala architectural style, and is famous among devotees for the palpayasam, a daily prasad offered at the temple. Another interesting fact about the temple is that Ottamthullal, a traditional art form, that was created by the famous poet Kunchan Nambiar, was first performed on the temple's premises.
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Mannarasala Temple, or Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple, is another popular temple in Alappuzha. The temple is an internationally known temple for worshipping serpent gods. Mannarasala Temple is the largest of its kind in Kerala. There are around 30,000 images of snakes that are found along the paths of the forested temple premises. The temple is considered powerful in fulfilling the wishes of the devotees.
Located in Padanilam of Alappuzha district, the Padanilam Parabrahma Temple is one of the famous temples that belong to the erstwhile Travancore state. The temple is dedicated to Lord Parabrahma, and is believed to be 'swayambhu' (self manifested). The temple has no roofs or protective walls, and has no proper idol that is worshipped. Non-Hindus are allowed to enter the temple, and the priests here are not necessarily Brahmins. Shivaratri is one of the major festivals celebrated in the temple.
Chettikulangara Devi Temple, or Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple, is one of the famous temples in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Sree Bhadrakali, who is worshipped in her different forms - Maha Saraswati in the morning, Maha Lakshmi at noon and Maha Kali or Durga in the evening. An interesting fact about the temple is that a significant portion of the offerings paid to the deity is used for making 'Appams' and 'Aravana Payasam', the prasads at Sabarimala.