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The Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple
The Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple is believed to have been built during 15th – 17th AD by the local ruler Chembakasserry Pooradam Thirunal-Devanarayanan Thampuran. At this temple Lord Krishna is worshipped in the infant avatar. Paintings of 10 incarnation of lord Vishnu is adorned in the walls of Chuttambalam. The idol at Ambalapuzha is likened to Parthasarthi with a whip in the right hand and a Shankhu (sacred conch) in the left. This temple is straight associated to the Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple. During the raids of Tipu Sultan in 1789, the idol of Sri Krishna from the Guruvayoor Temple was brought to the Ambalappuzha Temple for safe custody.
The payasam served in the Ambalappuzha Temple is well-known among Hindu devotees. This sweet pudding made of rice and milk has an attractive mythological legend behind it.It is supposed that Guruvayoorappan reaches here daily at the time of Palpayasa Nedyam to have it.The Amabalapuzha Temple Festival was reputable during the fifteenth century A.D. At this time, a part of the Travancore, was ruled by the Chembakassery Devanarayana Dynasty. The rulers of this dynasty were highly religious and decided that an idol of Lord Krishna was to be brought to the Amabalapuzha Sree Krishna Swamy Temple from the Karinkulam temple. The celebration in remembrance of the bringing of this idol of Lord Krishna is the origin of the Amabalapuzha Temple Festival, also referred to as the Chambakulam Moolam water festival. This festival is conducted every year on the Moolam day of the Mithunam month of the Malayalam era.
The Aaraattu festival commences with the flag hoisting ceremony on the Atham star in Meenam (March-April). The important Aaraattu festival takes place on the Thiruvonam day of the same month.In this temple 'Pallipana' is performed by 'Velans' (sorcerers) once in twelve years. Human sacrifice was conducted in ancient times. However, cocks have now replaced humans on the sacrificial altar. Kalakkaththu Kunchan Nambiar(1705-1770) also spent his youth at Ambalappuzha.
- Category: Alappuzha
Arthunkal is a small seaside township in Cherthala taluk, about 8 kilometer west of Cherthala and 22 kilometre north of the Alappuzha town, in the Alappuzha district of Kerala state, South India..Arthunkal is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Kerala. It is considered as a holy land by hundreds of thousands of followers of Christian as well as other faith. The village is synonymous for its church, which has the Roman martyr Saint Sebastian as its patron. The feast of St. Sebastian in Arthunkal is a grand celebration extending for two weeks in January. While the main day of the traditional feast or the perunnal is on January 20, the church authorities have instituted another on January 27, to mark the end of celebrations, locally referred to as “Ettam Perunnal” or 'the 8th day or the feast'. Devotees from all across the state visit the church on the festival days. A march, carrying the graceful statue of St. Sebastian, from the church to the beach and back, is the most important event of the feast. Interestingly, an eagle is seen roaming the skies, every year during the time of the procession.
This eagle too has become part of the grandmother stories, about the presence of St. Sebastian as a guardian saint for the village.The church, officially 'Arthunkal St. Andrew's Forane Church', was originally built by the Portuguese missionaries in the 16th century. It has a fascinating history.The church was rebuilt in 1584, under the then vicar Fr. Jacoma Fenicio, whom the devotees claim, possessed magical powers to heal the body and mind. Devotees fondly referred to him as Arthunkal Veluthachan, which in English translates to fair skinned father. Fr. Fenicio died in 1632. Eight years after his death, the church was rebuilt again, this time facing the west towards the long white-sand beach on the shores of the Arabian Sea.
In 1647, the idol of St. Sebastian, struck with arrows all over his bleeding body (he was executed at the order of the Roman emperor for embracing Christian faith) sculptured in Milan, was brought and placed in the Arthunkal church. Arthunkal St Andrews Forane Church, the first Parish of the Diocese of Alleppey has been elevated to the status of Basilica on 9 July 2010. Arthunkal Basilica will become the first Basilica in the diocese of Alleppey and the 7th Basilica in Kerala. It will become the 3rd Basilica on the Roman Catholic(Latin Rite) church of Kerala.
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The St.Mary’s Church is one of the oldest churches in Kerala. It is said to be one of the seven churches established by St.Thomas.The annual feast is held on the 3rd Sunday of October. The feast of St.Joseph is celebrated on March 19th.
The ancestral home of the blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara lies 6km. from Alapuzzha.Thousands of devotees gather at this shrine and spiritual resort. It can be reached only by boat from Alappuzha. It is now a holy shrine and spiritual resort where thousands of devotees gather for prayer, receive favours and feel amply gratified. Here, a 250 year old historically important beacon of light is preserved intact in its original and primitive form. The place is accessible only by boat.
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