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Ambalappuzha, Kerala: Divine and Beautiful

by on December 13, 2010

India travel is truly an incomplete affair without the dose of myths, spirituality and rituals. Ambalappuzha situated about 14 kilometers south of Alappuzha in Kerala, and is mainly popular for its Krishna Temple and more for prasadam offered here- the known paal-payasam, sweet rice served with milk pudding.

Mythology stories say that Lord Krishna himself, in the appearance of a sage, once gave challenge to the king of the land on a game of chess. In case the king looses, he had to pay ‘a few grains’ of rice. However, the rice grains were to be laid on the chess board in some defined order – one grain on the first square, two on the second, and so forth with each square adding grain’s worth twice previous square. Without giving much thought, the king quickly agreed unsurprisingly lost.

Soon after realizing that the real tact in the whole scheme of the prize, the king startled, thinking that the final result would empty not only his but his neighbor’s granaries too. Krishna, the ever-pardoning Lord reveled his true form and finally agreed to help King via installment scheme, where king will have to serve paal payasam to devotees each day, till the debt was paid-of.

This famous Prasad is still served each afternoon in Ambalappuzha temple. Well, the Prasad isn’t the only element of interest of the temple. Just south of temple, there is a sacred room called as Guruvayur Ambalam, the holy shrine of Guruvayur. It was in this sacred room where deity of Krishna installed in Guruvayur was brought to for safe keeping during the invasion led by Tipu Sultan in year 1790. Also, the Kunjan Nambiar, the satirist poet, spent his early years at the temple. The temple served as venue for his first performance of thullal.

As we approach the banks of Punnamada Lake about 3 km east of Ambalappuzha, the sun lowers itself into the western horizon. The prime attractions here are black granite statue or some remains of Buddha. Buddhism was an important religion in Kerala near 200 B.C to 800 A.D until the awakening of Hinduism came into its actual royal form.

A Strange serenity soon gets broken by the mooing of a cow from some nearby farmhouse. Soon the sun starts setting and the lake starts sparkling up in hues of gold, red and orange, making it truly the land of Gods.

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  1. I like your information.Thanks a lot …

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