Guruvayur Temple

Sri Krishna Temple in Guruvayoor

Guruvayur Temple

Location : 29 km from Thrissur district
Deity Worshipped : Lord Krishna
Main Attraction : Sri Krishna Temple
Other Deities : Lord Ganapathy,Lord Ayyappa

Located 29 km away from Thrissur district, this is the most important pilgrimage center in south India. Bhoolokavaikuntha, the heaven on earth is another name by which this Guruvayur Temple is known. The sacred Sanctorum in which the main deity of Lord Krishna is housed is the Square Sreekovil. The site where Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri composed his famous poem ‘Narayaneeyam’ is the Guruvayur Temple. This temple is well known for its healing powers. Weddings and Annaprasanam, the first food feeding ceremony for infants is often held at the Guruvayur Temple, as it is considered auspicious since ancient days.

The only site where you can witness several weddings on one “muhurtham,” the auspicious time favorable for wedding is perhaps Guruvayur. Hindus are only allowed inside the temple and the dress code should be strictly adhered as well. (As far as dress code is concerned men should wear dhoti (Mundu) around their waist, without any dress covering their chest. But it is allowed to cover the chest region with a small piece of cloth (Veshthi). Girls and women are not supposed to wear any trouser like dresses or short skirts. Women are expected to wear Sari/ churidar and young girls can wear Salwar Kameez/Churidar) Exquisite Mural paintings and carvings adorn the walls of the Sanctorum here. The temple of Guruvayur, Kerala, South India is built differently from the stereotype patterns followed in other standard Kerala Temples and South Indian temples and places of worship.

The imposing facades which exude grandeur and the huge and gigantic structures are not found here. Instead, a simple set of four entrances to one Gopuram housing the idol is entrenched in the boundary of the temple. It is found to benefit the devotees. A gargantuan tower of light composed of thirteen discs is found in front of the temple. Inside the temple there are four brass Deepasthambams. Lord Krishna is known as Guruvayurappan or the Lord of Guruvayur in this temple to whom it is dedicated

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