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Ambalapuzha Palpayasam, Ambalapuzha Sreekrishnan, Ambalapuzha Temple
Ambalapuzha Palpayasam, Ambalapuzha Sreekrishnan, Ambalapuzha Temple

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Published by: Haindava Keralam on Apr 20, 2012
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Legend of the Ambalappuzha Paal Payasam
Legend of the Ambalappuzha Paal Payasam
The payasam served in the Ambalappuzha Temple is famous among Hindu devotees. This sweet pudding madeof rice and milk has an interesting mythological legendbehind it.According to the legend, Lord Krishna once appeared inthe form of a sage in the court of the king who ruled theregion and challenged him for a game of chess (orchaturanga). The king being a chess enthusiast himself gladly accepted the invitation. The prize had to bedecided before the game and the king asked the sage tochoose his prize in case he won. The sage told the kingthat he had a very modest claim and being a man of fewmaterial needs, all he wished was a few grains of rice. Theamount of rice itself shall be determined using the chess-board in the following manner. One grain of rice shall beplaced in the first square, two grains in the secondsquare, four in the third square, eight in the fourth squareand so on. Every square will have double the number of grains of its predecessor.Upon hearing the demand, the king was unhappy sincethe sage requested only a few grains of rice instead of other riches from the kingdom which the king would havebeen happy to donate. He requested the sage to add otheritems to his prize but the sage declined.So the game of chess started and needless to say the kinglost the game. It was time to pay the sage his agreed-upon

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