The Ambalapuzzha Sri Krishna temple is situated in Ambalapuzzha of Alapuzzha district of Kerala in south India. In the state of Kerala, it is one of the three important Sri Krishna temples.
According to the historians and local legends, this shrine was built by the local Brahmin ruler named Chembakasserry Pooratam Thirunal Devanarayanan Thampuran in the year 790 AD.
It is believed that when Pooratam Thirunal Thampuran accompanied by sage Vilwamangalam Swamiyar was travelling in boat then they suddenly happen to hear from the bank of the river, the melodious music of the flute. They reached the bank of the river and found the music was coming from the peepal tree where the present temple stands. It is to be noted that the sage was an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna.
With the Guruvayoor Sri Krishna Temple, it is to be remembered that this particular shrine is largely associated. It is to be highly noted that in 1789, when Tipu Sultan and his army raided, the idol of Lord Krishna from the Guruvayoor Temple was safely brought to the Ambalappuzha Temple and kept for a long time.
According to the local legends, “A sweet pudding made of rice and milk called Payasam is very popular among Hindu devotees. There is a legend behind this Payasam being offered to Lord Krishna.” After the puja and rituals, the devotees are also offered Payasam daily. Devotees and pilgrims throng this particular temple on all festive and auspicious days.
Address: Ambalapuzzha Sri Krishna Temple, Ambalapuzzha, Alapuzzha, Kerala.