Thiruvarppu Sree Krishna Temple

About Thiruvarppu Sree Krishna Temple:

This is one of the famous temples of Krishna in Kerala which is at least 1500 years old. This temple is located in Thiruvarppu, which is 6-8 km from the town of Kottayam on the shores of Meenachil River. (Varppu is the cast used by smiths to make bell metal vessels)

There are several stories about its origin. All of them talk of recovering the idol of Lord Krishna with 4 hands which was kept in an Uruli (Flat vessel made of bell metal). Here are some of the stories:

This temple is connected with Mahabharata. When the Pandavas lived in the forest, Lord Krishna gave them his statue with four hands so that they can daily worship it. It seems when Pandavas finished their sojourn in the forest and wanted to go back, the people of that area, requested for that idol. This was worshipped by the people of Cherthalai. But after some time due to reasons beyond their control, they were not able to continue their worship. So they simply dropped the idol in the sea.

After a long time a great sage (some say it was Vilwamangalam Samiyar and other say it was Padmapadacharya, the disciple of Adhi Shankara) was travelling by a boat in these parts. Suddenly his boat became immobile. When some one got in to the sea to find out the reason, the sea dried at that spot and they were able to recover this idol. The divine person took the idol with him. Though he wanted to go west, the boat travelled to the east via Kunnam and Pallikkara and reached the present spot of the temple.

The divine person got down there along with the idol and found that a temple of Dharma Sastha was without any idol and hence he consecrated the idol in that temple.

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A place of worship and Ancient place
Best Time to Visit: December, January, Winter, February, March, Spring, April, May, June, July, Summer, August, September, Autumn, October, November, Monsoon
Location: Thiruvarpu, Kottayam, Kerala, India

How to Reach There:

Airport: Cochin International Airport

The nearest Airport Cochin International Airport . We need to take an private vehicle the distance between Cochin International Airport to Thiruvarppu Sree Krishna Temple is 89.4Kms

Railway Station: Kottayam Railway Station

The nearest Railway station Kottayam Railway Station . We need to take an private vehicle the distance between Kottayam Railway Station to Thiruvarppu Sree Krishna Temple is 8.2kms

Bus Stand: KSRTC Bus Station Kottayam

The nearest Bus Stand KSRTC Bus Station Kottayam We need to take an private vehicle the distance between KSRTC Bus Station Kottayam to Thiruvarppu Sree Krishna Temple is 7.7kms

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