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Pilgrimages of Kerala - Alappuzha district

Ambalapuzha Krishna Temple:

Sri Krishna - Famous pilgrimage of Sri Krishna: Ambalapuzha is associated with the legend of Vilvamangal Swamy. According to this legend, once the Maharaja of Travancore (Poordam Thirunal Thampuran) and Vilvamangal Swamy, an ardent devotee of Sri Krishna were travelling in a boat along the Kuttanadan backwaters. While travelling they heard melodious music of flute emanating from the top of a banyan tree. The maharaja could not see anything but Vilvamangal saw a bright glow and the form of Bala Murali Krishna. Vilvamangal was overwhelmed with joy and listened to the melodious music till the glow of Bala Murali Krishna disappeared.

- Ambalapuzha is located in the Alappuzha district of Kerala.

Thirupuliyoor Divya Desam - Sri Maayapiran Perumal Temple:

Thirupuliyoor Divya Desam Puranic Event:
The temple legend is associated with Bhima, one of the Pandava brother. According to legend, Bhima worshipped the Lord here and was instrumental in the construction of this temple. The gada of Bhima is believed to be present in this temple.

The God is Sri Maayapiran Perumal.

The Thirupuliyoor Divya Desam is located in the Alappuzha district of Kerala.

Chengannur Bhagawati:

Chengannur_Bhagawati Temple - Famous temple of Bhagawati: According to legend, during the marriage of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati at Kailasha, crores of devas and asuras assembled there. Concerned that the earth would tilt towards the north, Lord Shiva requested sage Agastya to proceed to the south to maintain the balance. Sage Agastya was disappointed that he would miss the celestial wedding. Knowing this, Lord Shiva granted him divine sight to see the marriage ceremony from south. Further, Shiva promised that He and Devi Parvati would come and grant him darshan in the south after the marriage. Sage Agastya went to the south and meditated at Sonadri. After the marriage ceremony, Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati came to that place and gave him darshan. At that place the Devi had her menses. After the purificatory bath, the divine couple stayed there for twenty-eight days. Even today the idol made up of Panchaloha (five metals) gets her periods and the ritual of purificatory bath is undertaken.

- Chengannur Bhagawati temple is located in the Alappuzha district of Kerala.

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