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Karumadikkuttan (Malayalam: കരുമാടിക്കുട്ടൻ) is the endearing name of a Buddha statue found in Karumady near Alappuzha.[1] The name literally means boy from Karumady. This 3 feet tall, black granite statue,[2] 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,[3] and did appropriate actions to protect it. Currently the statue is under the protection of Kerala state government. Left side of the statue is missing. It is believed that it was destroyed by an elephant.

Dalai Lama has visited Karumadi in 1965.[3]

Karumadikkuttan stupa


  1. ^ "Karumadi Kuttan". Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Site of ancient Buddha statue gets a facelift". The Hindu. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Biju E Paul (3 November 2014). "Renovation of Lord Buddha’s Statue at Karumadi Going on". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2 October 2015.