Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple
Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple 12 kms south of Alleppey ( East of NH ), most spectacular 9 day ulsavam, Main offering Pal Payasam and it is world renowned. The great literary luminaries of Kerala like Melphathur Narayana Bhattathirippad, Ramanujan Ezhuthachan, Kunchan Nambiar ( Thullal Kadha Fame) worshipped the deity here staying here.
Ambalapuzha is a taluk in Alappuzha district, some 10 kilometers away from the district headquarters. This was the capital of Chambakasseri kings. In AD 1754, Divan Ramayya attached this Taluk to Travancore. Ambal-apuzha temple, its office, staff quarters, guest rooms, elephant yard, bathing pond etc. are spanned over to 40 acres of land. There are demi-gods outside the sanctum sanatorum. The annual festivities in Ambalapuzha temple present an array of different artefacts like Kathakali, Kooth, Koodiyattam, Ottam thullal, classical concerts, etc.
This temple is popular because of the 'palpaysam' , a pudding offered to the Lord. The myth behind this palpaysam is like this: Once the king of Chembakasery took a loan of 150 tons of paddy from an alien Brahmin to meet the expense of his army. The king could not repay this debt for some time. The principal, interest and cumulative interest added up to a very huge sum. It was simultaneously that the King's treasury became bankrupt and the Brahmin insisted for the repayment. One morning as the King was proceeding to worship the old the Brahmin encountered: "Oh King, keeping God as witness, you shall not enter the inner of the temple without first making my payment". The king was puzzled. The minister in no seconds arranged from all sources the entire paddy needed for the repayment and heaped it before the Brahmin and ordered him to remove it instantly. The Brahmin was very happy and was in amazement. He could find no device to remove such huge mountain of paddy. He apologized and entreated to grant time. This was refused. The Brahmin kept a handful of paddy and the receipt on the threshold of the sanatorum and with the huge resource requested to prepare palpayasam daily as an offering to the God was made.
The great poet Kunchan nambiar spent a major part of his life, including the last, worshipping Lord Krishna here. There is a memorial dedicated to the late poet who invented 'Thullal', a major ; artefact of Kerala's own heritage. Kunchan's poems stand apart in the literature for their style, lyricism, humour, satire, reformative ideas, I I profound philosophy - all through puranic stories and characters. There I was not a single section of bureaucracy that was not subjected to this ~ scathing attack. The instance that prompted Nambiar to compose Thullal over 100 stories altogether - is very interesting. It was the duty of the I Nambiar Community to give instrumental support like Mizhavu, a huge I Tabla like instrument, during the discourse of Koothu by Chakyar. I Amidst one such performance Nambiar had a mild nap, which ChakYar I noticed and criticized in situ. The insulted Nambiar composed a new I form of art 'Thullal', unique in-cosmetics and appearance blending I stories and episodes from purans in mellifluent lyrics and dance over i a single night. The next day as Chakyar started his koothu, there I appeared opposite to his stage, a new stage, where the new art Thullal I was launched. All the assemblage, en masse, fld to enjoy the new art ; deserting Chakyar. The Mizhavu which our beloved poet played is still exhibited on a podium in the western side of the temple.