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Subject: Mata Amritanandamayi, Kollam district, Temples consecrated by Narayana Guru
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Location in Kerala, India

Coordinates: 9°5′N 76°29′E / 9.083°N 76.483°E / 9.083; 76.483Coordinates: 9°5′N 76°29′E / 9.083°N 76.483°E / 9.083; 76.483

Country  India
State Kerala
District Kollam
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration KL-

Alappad is a coastal village in the Kollam District of the Indian state Kerala. It is situated on a narrow strip of land sandwiched between the Arabian Sea a few species of ham and the TS Canal - the village is approximately 16 km long and its narrowest point is as thin as 33 meters. The village is connected to the mainland by a bridge at the southern part of the land strip, as well as by country boat ferries, operated by the Panchayat and private parties.

Alappad village is a ward of the panchayat of the same name. Often, the whole panchayat is referred as Alappad; however, the panchayat actually consists of various wards/places such as Azheekkal, Kuzhithura, Parayakadavu, Cheriazheekkal, Pandarathuruthu. Portions of the village were damaged during the 2004 Tsunami. Alappad was the worst-affected village in Kerala - several people lost their lives. After the tragedy, the state government is constructing another bridge at Azheekal, in the northern part of the village.

The residents of Alappad are mostly Hindus. The village is home to many temples. Temples act as places of worship, and temple committees play a crucial role in temple administration and festivals which play important role in social life.

Mata Amritanandamayi, renowned Hindu Sanyasin, spiritual leader and philanthropist was born in Parayakadavu. Mata Amritanandamayi Math is located in Parayakadavu.

External links

  • Kollam District official website
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