Karumadikkuttan Budha Statue Alappuzha
Karumadikkuttan (Malayalam: കരുമാടിക്കുട്ടൻ) is the endearing name of a Buddha statue found in Karumady near Alappuzha. The name literally means boy from Karumady. This 3 feet tall, black granite statue, believed to be old as 9th to 14th century, was abandoned for centuries in a nearby stream named "Karumady thodu". Later in 1930s, Sir Robert Bristow, a colonial British engineer found the statue, and did appropriate actions to protect it. Currently, the statue is under the protection of Kerala state government. The Left side of the statue is missing. It is believed that it was destroyed by an elephant. Dalai Lama has visited Karumadi in 1965.