Architecture

The architects of the Kuladevata Mandir complex have quite thoughtfully and tastefully included a garden also within the complex. The garden nurtures Tulsi, Athi (Ficus-Racemosa), Ithi (Ficus-Benjamina), Arayal (Ficus-Religious), Peraal (Ficus-Bengalensis), Ashokam, Champakam, Parijatham, Elanji, etc., thus providing flowers and leaves essential for temple rituals; a sort of self -reliance in floral offerings. All this makes a visitor feel like in a Tapovan (‘Pallithaamam’) or royal-cum-holy groves which have always been an integral part of Mahaakshethras in ancient and medieval Kerala.

The pagoda of Devaki Krishna Temple is the tallest at 16 mts above the ground level. and the next is that of Maha Ganapati temple at 14 mts. The basements are designed as cellars and there is a Pradakshin path for circumambulation of the deities. Idols are made out of Krishna Shila (Black granite). Marble flooring adds to the lustre of the temples.

Dwara Palakaas as mentioned in scriptures, viz. Gopakumara, Pushti, Thrishti, Nandi, Shringi, Jaya-Vijayas et-al project the attention given to minute details. There is a special enclosure for Navagrahas as well. The pull of the place is so magnetic that even atheists will be tempted to appreciate and overstay their very first visit to the Sri Kula Devata Mandir Complex at Ambalamedu. Indeed it has got a made-to-order setting for pilgrimage, retreat and meditation.

History lies entwined with tradition here. Gauda Saraswat Brahmins are reputed of being proficient in the Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas and scriptures and they were famous for ‘Karmashuddhi’. The rulers of ancient India made their presence mandatory at Yagnyas and many have received honorific titles.