Karumadikkuttan is a legendary figure associated with a famous tourist attraction in Kerala, India. The term “Karumadikkuttan” is derived from two Malayalam words: “Karumadi” and “Kuttan.”
“Karumadi” refers to a village near Ambalapuzha in Alappuzha district of Kerala, where an ancient statue of Lord Buddha was discovered. This statue is believed to date back to the 9th or 10th century and is made of black granite. The uniqueness of this statue lies in the fact that it lacks the usual adornments and decorative features found in typical Buddha sculptures.
“Kuttan” is a term of endearment used in Malayalam, the local language of Kerala, to refer to a child or a young one. So, “Karumadikkuttan” translates to “the boy from Karumadi” or “the little boy of Karumadi.”
The statue of Karumadikkuttan depicts Lord Buddha in a meditative posture known as the “Dhyana Mudra.” The right hand is placed over the left, with both palms facing upwards, and the statue exudes a sense of peace and tranquility. The serene expression and simplicity of the statue attract visitors from all over the world.
The Karumadi village and the Karumadikkuttan statue have become a popular tourist destination and hold significant historical and cultural value in Kerala. Visitors can learn about the rich heritage and ancient artistry of the region by exploring this ancient site.