A lasting influence of Buddhism is instantly visible in the culture and daily social life of Kerala, even today. Kerala, southern most state of the Indian subcontinent, still preserves its past glory in full ambience.
Buddhism came to Kerala in the 3rd century B.C. The “Ay” kings of Kerala patronised Buddhism, even though it did not bloom to its full potential here. Reniassance in the 8th century B.C. saw the decline of Buddhism. However, Buddhism left its mark which can be seen in its influence on the regional language.
A remanant of Buddhist culture, “Karumadikuttan,” the sitting Buddha statue dating back to 11th century B.C today exists on the banks of “punnamada” lake at the backwaters. This idol is one amongst the different stupas and ramnants of Buddhist heritage in this part of the country. It recalls the glorious past of Buddhism, persistently.
This image of Buddha is popularly known as Karumadikkuttan. It is made of black stone. Its left hand is broken and lost. Several stories are told in the area that are associated with the intallation of the iamge in the site. The usnisha, javala, and traces of the upper cloth passing over the chest indicates that it is a Budha Image. It is about 3ft. high and is in the yogasana posture. It is datable to 8th century A.D. It was declared as protected monument in 1965, with 10 cents of land around it. Now it is well protected inside a beautiful mandapa.