Religious Places in Alleppey

The AmbAlleppeyKrishnaTemple is devoted to Lord Parthasarathy or Krishna, the charioteer of Arjuna. This temple was built between the 15th to 17th centuries. Having the AmbalapuzzhabPalpayasam or sweet milk porridge is considered very auspicious by many visitors. Paintings of the Dashavatharamor the ten avatars of Vishnu are found on the walls of the temple. It is located only 14.6 km away from Alleppey.

ChettikulangaraBhagavathyTemple has its main deity as Bhadrakali and is supposed to possess miraculous powers. The main festival here is the annual festival of the templeKettukazhcha. It is well known for the procession of well-decorated structures in chariots in which effigies of horses, bullocks and epic heroes like the Pandavas and various scenes from the Puranas are displayed. This festival is celebrated during February or March every year.

The Kottam kulangara Mahavishnu and Devi Temple is the oldest temple in Alleppey. It is situated at the centre of a pond which has now been covered fully with sand. It is also the only major temple in Alleppey, located in the same compound with two flag masts and having two festival seasons. The festival season of Mahavishnu temple is in January and that of the Devi temple in March.

MannarasalaSree Nagaraja Temple, Haripad is dedicated to the King of Serpents. It is located in the midst of a 16-acre forest area and has some 30,000 images of snake-gods. All the rituals are presided over by a priestess, which is a little unusual in India. The temple has two main idols, Nagaraja and his consort Sarpayakshini.

Mullackal Rajarajeswari Temple is in the heart of the city. It is dedicated to goddess Rajarajeswari. A two-day Navarathri festival is celebrated there with rituals including an elephant procession.

Also worth seeing are the Arthukal Basilica, Edathna Church, etc. The Basilica was built by the Portuguese and is famous for the St. Sebastian’s Feast, which is held from 10th to 26th January with the main feast on 20th January.

Karumadi is known for the famous black granite statue of Lord Buddha in a sitting posture. It was made between the 9th and the 14th centuries and is located 16.9 km from Alleppey.  

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