District : Alappuzha
The ancient Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple believed to have been built in the year AD 790 by the local ruler Chembakasserry Pooradam Thirunal-Devanarayanan Thampuran in typical Kerala architectural style. Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna, is famous all over India for the daily offering of Palpayasam (a delicious milk porridge). Sweet porridge made of rice and milk has an interesting mythological legend behind.It is believed that Lord Krishna reaches here daily at the time of offering to have it.
Legend of Palpayasam: Lord Krishna once appeared in the form of a sage in the court of the king who ruled the region and challenged him for a game of Chess (Chaturanga). The king being a chess enthusiast himself gladly accepted the invitation & asked the sage to choose the prize in case he win. The sage told the king that all he wished was a few grains of rice. The amount of rice itself shall be determined using the chess-board in the following manner. One grain of rice shall be placed in the first square, two grains in the second square, four in the third square and so on. Upon hearing the demand, the king was unhappy since the sage requested only a few grains & King requested the sage to add other items to his prize, but the sage declined & game started, and needless to say the king lost the game. And he started adding grains of rice to the chess board, the king soon realised the true nature of the sage’s demands. By the 20th square, the number had reached one million grains of rice and by the 40th square, it became one million million. The royal granary soon ran out of grains of rice. The number of grains was increasing as a geometric progression and the total rice required to fill a 64-squared chess board is equal to the number 18,446,744,073,709,551,615 translating to trillions of tons of rice. Upon seeing King’s dilemma, the sage appeared to the king in his true-form as Lord Krishna and told King that he did not have to pay the debt immediately but could pay him over time. The king would serve Paal Payasam (Rice & Milk Porridge) in the temple freely to the pilgrims every day until the debt was paid off.
Festivals of Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple: A Ten-day festival is held during the Malayalam month of Meenam(March-April). Spectacular processions are held with deities on decorated Elephants accompanied with various musical instruments,cultural programmes and other religious rituals.And a 12 days Kalabham Festival(swearing of the idol with sandal paste) from the 1st day Malayalam month of Makaram (January-Febuary) is held every year
By road: Alappuzha (15 K.ms)
By rail: Nearest railway stations are Ambalapuzha (2 km), Alappuzha (14 km)
By air: Nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (37 km)