Destination: Guruvayur Temple, One of the greatest shrines of Lord Krishna in India
Location: Thrissur district, Kerala
Best season to visit: October to March
Timings: The temple is to start at 03:00 am to 01:00 pm & 04:30 pm to 08:30 pm
Significance: An ancient temple that is considered as the southern Dwaraka
How to reach: One can easily reach Guruvayur Temple by taking regular Buses or by hiring Taxis from anywhere in Kerala
Note: Only Hindu Devotees are allowed
Guruvayoor temple is located in the Thrissur district of Kerala. The temple is easily accessible through railways and roadways. It is one of the sacred pilgrimage of Lord Sri Krishna. Guruvayoor temple is presided over by famous deity Lord Vishnu in standing figure with four hands carrying Sankhu(conch), Sudarshana chakram (a serrated disk),lotus and mace. The deity of Lord Vishnu is made from rare stone called as Patala Anjana. Guruvayoor temple is often termed as “BhoolokaVaikuntam” (the holy abode of Vishnu on Earth).
The history of the temple is related to Dwaparyuga. Lord Krishna recommended one of his disciple to set up an idol of Lord Vishnu which was installed in Dwaraka. Guru Brahaspathi and Krishna took a promise with Udhava that devotees must feel the presence in the idol of Lord Vishnu. Guru Brahaspathi and Vayudeva carried the submerged idol from Dwaraka and started journey with it all over India with the help of Parasuram and reached to a lake surrounded with lotus flowers located in Kerala. It is considered that the lake was first dwelt by Lord Shiva and Parvathi then they shifted to Mammiyoor as Lord Vishnu was presided over the lake.
Guru and Vayu together founded the temple so the temple came to be known as Guruvayur Temple . It is also termed as Dwaraka of the south. Guruvayur Temple temple is facing to east with two gopurams one presiding to east and other to the west. The idol of Lord Vishnu is being worshipped more over 5000 years. Guruvayur Temple temple is considered as the first ever temple to serve marriages and grain providing events (first food for infants). Inside the temple there are pictures of Ganapathi,SreeAyappa,Edathedathy Kavil Bhagavathy. The temple allows only Hindus to enter in it.
The temple organizes various festivals like Ulsavam, Vishu, Ashtami Rohini, Mandalam, Ekadasi, Ashtami Rohini, Kuchela’s Day, Chembai Music Festival and Narayaneeyam day are observed as special celebrations at Guruvayur Temple .The sacred images are brought out to take in a procession in Guruvayur town with the approach of these festivals. On the eve of the festivals the entire temple is enlightened with butter lamps, which truly blesses the mind of the people.
The temple is believed to be built with the divine elegant architecture of Vishvakarma. The temple is designed in such a way that sun God itself grants homage to Lord Vishnu. Sun God directly lays on the feet of Vishnu. The main entrance is on the left side is located on the eastern side of the gopuram(gateway). On the front side of the gopuram one can easily view the idol of Lord Vishnu. Dipasthabam or lamp of pillars are beautifully adorned with lamps which looks charming when enlightened in evening. On the plinths there are ten pillars which are nicely carved located on the next side of the passage. On these pillars beautiful slokas of ‘Narayaniyam’ were written in praise of Lord Vishnu.