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History Of Haripad

Haripad is known as the 'Town of Temples'. It is the land of "Mayura Sandesa", the land of snake boats and the land of dance and drama. In the opinion of the Dutch Governor Gollanez the sea coast between Quilon and Purakkad which the Dutch called 'Martha" and which region was known as Karthikappally (of which Haripad was a part) consisted of two regions or nation states,Karnoppally ( the present Karunagapally) and Karimpali.
Karimpali was the area between Kayamkulam and Purakkad (Haripad was in it) Karimpali was also known as Vettimana.

The capital of Vettimana was Karimpalil palace (near Haripad Railway Station), the capital was late shifted to Karthikappally. In 1742 Marthanda Varma defeated Karthikappally region and added it to Travancore State. During kingship Haripad was a Town.The town hall remains as its proof. In 1921 Haripad got Municipal town status. In 1941 it became non- municipal town. In 1954 it was changed into a Panchayat.

History says that Buddhism was strong in Kerala in the few more towns like Thrikkunnappuzha & Arattupuzha. It is observed that the additions 'puzha', 'pally,' & Kulam' to our place names is a contribution of Buddhist religion. The first Sree Rama Krishna Ashram was established in Haripad. This Ashram which arranged a common feast for all (Misrabhojam) at a time when untouchibility was rampant has become a milestone in history.



More info on the city

Haripad is a town in Alappuzha District, Kerala, India, located between Alappuzha and Kollam .Haripad is known as the 'Town of Temples'. There are eighteen Hindu temples there and more than 30 more in the surrounding countryside. The most famous temples are Subrahmanya Swami Temple and the Mannarashala Nagaraja Temple It is the land of "Mayura Sandesa", the land of snake boats .




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