I along with my friends visited the Krishnapuram palace and museum located in Kayamkulam near Alappuzha .The palace is maintained by the Kerala State Department of Archeology. They exhibit the things belonging to the palace. There is a large pond on the palace complex. It was said that there is an underground escape route runs from the bottom of the pond. This route is used by the king and courtiers to escape from enemies.
There were various Kerala Style mural paintings in the walls of the palace. Among these paintings an exhibit of the Gajendra Moksham a 3 meters (9.8 ft.) high mural, which is the largest single piece of mural painting so far discovered in Kerala. The literal meaning of 'Gajendra Moksham' is the "salvation or Moksha of the elephant king Gajendra."
The theme of the mural is mythological and depicts an elephant saluting Lord Vishnu in devotion while the other minor Gods, Goddesses and saints look on. Lord Vishnu was the family deity of the Kayamkulam Kings. This mural, in a fusion of colors and expressions, was placed prominently at the entrance to the palace from the pond to enable the kings to worship the deity after their daily ablutions. Another painting is
of the Nair soldiers with European army.
Then the one of the main source of attraction was the Kayamkulam Vaal ('Vaal' means "sword") is an important exhibit in the museum. The significance of the sword is that its both sides are sharpened and thus it is more dangerous than any other martial weapon. It is said to have been used by the Kayamkulam Rajas in the 18th century and hence was of special attraction to the king.
Then I came across the Buddha mandapam (hall) is where an attractive statue of one of the four antique Buddhas of the 10th century, which were recovered in recent times in ponds and fields in Alappuzha district is displayed. The Buddha mandapam is located in the finely landscaped and tended garden with profusion of flower plants (endemic
to Kerala) that surrounds the palace complex. The entire atmosphere was so calm and peaceful.
The story behind the statue was like this, the four Buddha statues found in recent years in the Alappuzha district testify the prevalence of Hinayana Buddhism in Odanadu in the Maveli kingdom of Kerala several. The four Buddha images are in meditating posture with Ushnisha (cap) and Upavita (upper garment). These had been thrown into fields and ponds during the anti-Buddhism campaign in Kerala. The idol was found in a pool or tank called Puthenkula (Pond of Buddha) in Maruturkulangara in Karunagappalli. This idol, cut out of a single piece of rock, was first installed in Karunagappalli town and after many years reinstalled in the compound of Krishnapuram Palace which is now a monument in the Buddha Mantapam. This idol has a skull cap adorned with lines of pearls or diamonds that represents the highest
wisdom attained by Buddha. Scholars have inferred that this statue probably belongs to the 7th century or even 5th centaury Then in different show cases many items have been exhibited.
Then I saw the fine miniature Panchaloha (five metals of bronze alloy with gold also as an ingredient) figures on display are of the Varuna (water god), many Vishnus and a minuscule devotee in worship mode and mirror with prabha ( kannadi prabha). In other showcase there were ancient measuring utensils and ancient weights.
Then in the next section I saw potteries, male head pottery got from Mohenjo-Daro along with several toy animals from Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro. Then there was a litter ( pallak / vehicle , old mode of transporting vehicle for members of royal family).
Then I saw a copy of Bible in Sanskrit which is printed in Kolkata. Then a plaque was seen which was written in old script. Then I saw the Durbar Hall of the palace where the king and others enjoyeddance and music.