It is a 9th-century black granite statue of the Buddha, locally known as Karumadikkuttan, protected by the Archeological Survey of India. It is believed that this Buddha idol has many healing powers and is flocked by Buddhist pilgrims all year round. The ancient temple is a fitting example of Buddhist culture prevalent across the world, and Kerala is no different. Apparently, it was believed to be built by Buddhist monks who visited Kerala through the Alappuzha port. One part of the statue is damaged and according to the local story floating around, it happened when an Elephant hit the idol. This is a beautiful place to visit in Alleppey as there are plenty of houseboats that let you cruise through the region.
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