Ambalapuzha - Krishna Ambalam
Hailed as the Dakshina Dwaraka, this ancient kshetra has a long legend entwining
with the lives of many devotees of great eminence. It was built at the behest of
Bilwamangalaswamiar by Champakasseri Pooratham Thampuran, the ruling prince of
this region. It was held very dear to Sri Krishna Bhagawan and he has been
abiding here in the peepal tree playing on Murali since Dwaparayuga, lured by
the picturesqueness of the bounteous Nature. In colour and sound. The Tampuram
enjoyed the vision of Lord, materialised by the Swamiar after special puja.
Forthwith, the king surrendered his ruler ship to the Lord and preferred to rule
as vice-regent of Lord Krishna under a new name Devanarayana. Devotion knows no
bounds. Would God be bound by space? So is devotion. The archamurti -
Parthasarathy was brought here from Kurichi then lying under the jurisdiction of
Thekkunkur Raja, the sworn enemy of Tampuram, under extra-ordinary daring
circumstances. The success was commemmorated with a great festival, and boat
race on the Moolam day of Mithunam, since then. And it has become the star
attraction for entire Kerala drawing lakhs of visitors. Among the offerings to
the Lord, Paalpayasam is very important and it has no second anywhere in any
temple in India, says the priest and its beginning too is quite exciting.
brahmin donated a huge quantity of paddy to the Lord once for making payasam and
it turned out to be unequal in taste and flavor due to using of special
ingredients. The Lord pleasing with it, ordained that it should form the chief
item of Naivedyam to be offered to him everyday. Since then it is preferred to
be offered by the visitors and devotees.
archamurti is popularly called Unni Krishna, though holds whip in the right hand
and conch in the left, as that of Parthasarathy. The temple is well-built and
possesses all the essential parts. All festivals auspicious to Sri Krishna are
celebrated with pomp and splendour due, but the one occurs in Meena masa takes
precedence over every other. Another special festivals, like Palipana and
Vijayabali lure Lakhs of people.
lies 13 km off Aleppy, one of the major cities of Kerala commanding all