Some 4 km south of Alappuzha in Kerala is situated the Ambalappuzha Shri Krishna Temple – a well-known Hindu Lord Krishna Temple. Built during 15th – 17th AD and often referred as ‘Dwaraka of South’, it houses the idol of Sree Krishna of Guruvayoor Temple. Made using black granite stone, the idol of Krishna here holds a whip and conch respectively in his right and left hands.
As per the historical facts, the temple came out of a dream struck to Thampuran where he saw Lord Krishna playing flute on the same place. Among many things, the payasam (god’s offering) served here is very popular among devotees. Made of rice and milk, the sweet pudding comes with own share of mythological tales to multiply the significance.
In the months of March and April, the temple hosts an annual 10-day festival – Ambalapuzha Arattu – that takes place during the month of Meenam (March – April). During the festival, a martial dance form is performed. Other important events here include Ambalapuzha Moolakazhcha and Champakulam Boat Race. In addition, the origin of popular performing art form of Ottamthullal is linked to the temple.