Guide to Hindu Temples In Alappuzha
Short introduction to the hindu temples in Alappuzha district with links to more detailed articles and information. Good place to start.
Aruvakkad Devi Temple:
Aruvakkad is located 8-km south of the town. The deity is Devi. A fascinating story backs up the deity.... see article link below
Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple:
14 km away from Alappuzha. The Srikrishna temple at Ambalappuzha is one of the most important temples in Kerala. The temple is famous throughout Kerala for its ‘Palpayasam’. A milk porridge of exceptional sweetness prepared and offered to the deity.
Chakkulathukavu is 18 km from Ambalapuzha on the Thiruvalla Road. The temple is in Neerattupuram, near Chakkulathukavu. The deity is Devi. This temple has a peculiar ritual performed once in a year.
Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple:
Chetticulangara is near Mavelikkara. Mavelikkara is 25 km away from Ambalapuzha. Here the deity Bhagavathy is also known as Bhadrakali and Jagadambika.
Haripad Subramanya Temple:
Haripad is 15 km away from Ambalapuzha. The temple built in 16th century was eaten by a fire many years later. The idol was spared by the fire. The temple was rebuilt by the Travancore king with additional shrines for some other deities in the courtyard....Click here to see more
Karthiani Temple, Aroor
Located on National Highway 47. The main deity is Karthiani. Shiva and Ganapathy are accommodated as sub-deities. It is one of the 108 Durga temples.....Click here to see more
Cherthala Karthiyayni Temple:
This shrine is located at Cherthala, north of Alappuzha town. The presiding deity is Karthiyayani. Vishnu, Shiva, Ganapathy, Kavudayan, Nagaraja and Yakshi installed as sub-deities.
Thiruvampady Srikrishna Temple:
Thiruvampady is within the town limit of Alappuzha. The deity is Vishnu in the form of Srikrishna. This centuries old temple has a leading position in South Kerala.
Thrikkunnapuzha Sri Dharma Sastha Temple:
The main deity is Dharma Sastha. His wife and son are also there along with him. The idol of Sastha is of 21 inch height. Wife is positioned write to him and the son is positioned in between both as behind. According to archaeological experts such idols are not noticed anywhere else in the world....Click here to see more
Thuravoor is situated north of Alappuzha town on NH 47 and 25 kms south of Kochi. This shrine is reckoned as one of the most devout shrines in Kerala. The cardinal deity is Lord Narasimhamoorthy. With equal importance Sri Mahasudarsanamoorthy who is the manifestation of Vishnu is also represented here. Both have separate sanctum sanctorum.
Varanad Devi Temple:
Varanad is little away from Chertala. The deity, Devi, is in a riding on Vethala posture. Shiva, Rakteshwari Devi and Kodumkali are sub-deities housed here. The temple precinct is always considered as holy. The imposing flagmast of the temple seems declaring the smoothing, curing and delivering power the Devi possesses. Such a giant flag mast is difficult to be seen elsewhere temples.
Sree Nagaraja Temple, Mannarsala
One of the most important centres of snake worship in Kerala, temple situated 35 Km away from Alappuzha located near Haripad on the Alappuzha-Kollam route. The temple is surrounded by about 16 acres of thick green forest.