The Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple is a famous Hindu temple located in the town of Ambalapuzha in the Alappuzha district of Kerala, India. It is one of the oldest and most renowned Krishna temples in the state. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna, who is worshipped here in his child form, known as Unnikrishna.
The temple’s history dates back to the 15th-17th century and is closely associated with the medieval Chembakassery dynasty, who were great patrons of art and culture in Kerala. The temple architecture reflects the traditional Kerala style, with distinctive sloping roofs, intricately carved woodwork, and beautiful mural paintings.
The main attraction of the Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple is the famous offering known as “Palpayasam” or “Ambalapuzha Palpayasam.” It is a sweet porridge made of rice, milk, and sugar, and is believed to be the favorite food of Lord Krishna. The Palpayasam is offered to the deity and then distributed as prasadam (holy offering) to the devotees. The preparation and serving of Palpayasam are done with great religious significance and are a unique ritual in this temple.
Another notable aspect of the temple is its association with the traditional art form called “Ottamthullal.” It is believed that the renowned poet and performer, Kunchan Nambiar, used to perform Ottamthullal in the temple premises.
The Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple attracts a large number of devotees and tourists throughout the year. The annual festival celebrated in the Malayalam month of Meenam (March-April) is a grand event that includes various cultural programs, religious ceremonies, and rituals.
The temple’s serene ambiance, cultural heritage, and the legend of the Palpayasam offering make it a significant pilgrimage site and a popular tourist destination in Kerala.