Located in Kerala is a Buddhist pilgrimage center known as Karumadikuttan. This “Buddhist” shrine is located in the Alapuzzha district. This Buddhist centre is said to possess an ancient Buddha statute about 3 feet in height, and made from black granite stone. In addition, this statute was supposed to have been found in a stream called “Karumady thodu”. Furthermore, this centre is maintained by the State Archaeological Department.
a. How to reach Karumudikuttan Temple
Karumadikuttan Temple Map
1. By train:
The closest railway station is located in Alappuzha itself. The Alappuzha Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple the ideal starting points would be Kottayam, Ernakulum, Thrissur and Kochi.
- Via Kottayam:
There are three routes from Kottayam to this temple, and they are via Kollam Theni Highway, via NH183 and Ambalapuzzha Thiruvalla Road.
- Via Ernakulum:
There are three routes from Ernakulum to this temple, and they are via NH66, via SH40 and NH66, and via SH15 and SH40.
- Via Thrissur:
There are two routes from Thrissur to this temple, and they are via NH544 and NH66 and via Kodungallur Shornur Road and NH66.
- Via Kochi:
There are three routes from Kochi to this temple, and they are via NH66, via SH40 and NH66, and via SH15 and SH40.
3. By air:
The nearest airport is located in Kochi. The Kochi International Airport is well connected to major cities in the country as well as to international destinations.
b. Religious significance of the Karumuddikuttan Temple
The Lord Buddha statue (half broken) found at this temple is apparently made of black granite stone. A popular folklore in this region states that Buddha’s mother Maya had dreamt about an elephant before giving birth to him, which she considered a good omen. However, it is due to this dream according to yet another popular legend that an angry elephant partially destroyed the Buddha statue located at this temple. It is this partially destroyed Buddha statute that can be seen at this temple even today.
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