Thiruvarppu Krishna temple is situated in Thiruvarppu, a small scenic village that is 6-7 Kms from the district head quarter of Kottayam in the state of Kerala in south India. This shrine is about 1500 years old. It is to be highly noted that the temple primary deity is much similar to Lord Krishna of Guruvayur temple.
It is to be remembered that in this temple, early morning puja is performed at 3 am and the Lord is wholeheartedly offered the sweet porridge known as Usha payasam. According to the local legends, the Lord is believed to be much tired and very hungry after successfully killing Kamsa.
In front of the temple, there is a dwajasthambha and the shrine’s architecture is very typical Kerala temple style. In the temple complex, in the outer circumambulation path are located the sub shrines for Shiva, Bhagavathy, Ganapathy and Subramanya. The main temple’s interior is quite small. In front of the temple, there is a huge Bali Peetam. During the temple festival season, many young girls are dressed beautifully and attractively as Lord Krishna worship this particular Lord by devotionally and dedicatedly carrying oil lamps.
This shrine is on Kumarakan- Kottayam road that attracts large number of tourists and devotees to this shrine. The main festivals of this shrine are Sri Krishna Janmashtami, Geetha Jayanthi, Makara Sankranthi, Madhva Navami, Hanuma Jayanthi, Ratha Sapthami, Navarathi Mahotsava, Madhva Jayanti (Vijaya Dashami), Naraka Chathurdashi, Deepavali, Onam and Vishu. A large number of devotees and pilgrims throng this temple on all the festive days and auspicious days related to this Lord.
Address: Thiruvarpu Krishna Temple, Kottayam district, Kerala.