January 10, 2014

Ambasamudram Krishnan Temple

Site Name: Krishnan Temple
Site Type: Hindu temple
Location:  Ambasamudram, near Tirunelveli city, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: An important temple in Ambasamudram
Nearest Railway Station: Ambasamudram
Nearest Airport: Tirunelveli
How to reach: Well connected as the temple is located within the center of the town
Hotel: Few options within the town; more options in the nearby city Tirunelveli
Restaurants: Only few options within the town

Ambasamudram is a picturesque town located on the banks of the beautiful Tamrabharani river and on the foothills of the Western Ghats. The nearest city of Ambasamudram is Tirunelveli. It is located in Tamil Nadu state in South India.The town has a lot of scenic spots and temples. Let us explore an important temple named Krishnan temple located in Ambasamudram town in this article.

Highlights:

·                     God Krishna Swami aka Venugopalan
·                     Goddess – Rukmini and Satyabhama

Legend:

It is believed that the sage Markandeya got the darshan of Adi Sesha, the divine serpent, in this site. As per Sesha’s order, Markandeya installed the idol of Lord Krishna here. The idol of Krishna and his consorts are made up of Saligrama stone from Kandigai river in Nepal.

The temple in the current structure was built by a Chera King named Sengutty Valithi. As the temple was built amidst the forest full of Punnai tree in those days, it is also called as Punnai Vana Kshetra.

Temple Layout:

It is a small beautiful temple located very near the bus stand and arch in the heart of Ambasamudram town. The east facing temple does not have tower. But it has flag staff, bali peetha and Garuda facing the main shrine.

The attractive Saligrama stone images of Krishna playing flute in the standing posture with his legs crossed in a stylish way. He has his consorts Rukmini and Satyabhama on his either sides.
The utsava idols are the replica of the stone images and they are also placed in the main shrine. It is difficult to conclude which one is more beautiful – the stone image or the metal image of Lord Kirshna.The nine hood Adi Sesha is found atop Lord Krishna, which is unusual.

The temple also houses the idols of Garuda, Alwars, Vishwaksena and Udaiyavar. The sub shrines of Periyalvar and Hanuman are also found in this temple. The temple has just one prakara.

Happy travelling.

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