Dedicated Bhagavan Sri Krishna, the Neyyattinkara Sree Krishna Swamy Temple is an ancient shrine in Trivandrum District in Kerala. The temple is around 20 km south of Trivandrum city. Unnikannan or the baby form of Sri Krishna is worshipped in the temple.
Legend of Ammachi Plavu
One of the Travancore kings, Marthanda Varma, was surrounded by his enemies. A boy appeared from nowhere and showed Marthanda Varma a spot to hide. It was inside the hollow trunk of a jackfruit tree. Later Marthanda Varma realized that the boy was Lord Krishna. The king then decided to build a temple dedicated to Sri Krishna near the Ammachi Plavu.
The shrine was built in 1755. The Ammachi Plavu is now preserved inside the shrine.
The main murti worshipped in the form of baby Sri Krishna holding butter in both hands. The murti faces west and is made of Panchaloha.
The subsidiary deities worshipped in the shrine are Ganesha, Sastha and Nagaraja.
Neyyattinkara Sreekrishna Swamy Temple is a classic example of Kerala style temple architecture. The main gateway has the popular scene of Bhagavad Gita.
The temple festival is observed in Malayalam Meenam month (March – April). Important festivals observed in the shrine are Vishu, Gokulashtami, Navratri and Mandala puja.