Guruvayur Temple, Kerala, India

Deities: Lord Krishna
Location: Guruvayur, Thrissur District, Kerala
Significance: An ancient temple that is considered as the southern Dwarka
Best time to visit: October to March


Guruvayur is most famous for its temple, which is many centuries old and one of the most important in Kerala. The temple is famous as a site for pilgrimage and also a cultural centre as it is one of the centre-points along which Kerala literature and art-forms have been developed. The temple’s deity is Lord Guruvayurappan. Non-Hindus are not permitted to enter the temple. The idol of the famous Sri Krishna Temple here is said to have been worshipped by Lord Brahma himself. Everyday, endless waves of men, women and children pour in for darshan (audience) of Lord Guruvayur (Lord Krishna). Besides pilgrims and tourists, brides and grooms with hundreds of guests flock here daily to get their weddings solemnized.

The Guruvayur Temple is unique, as it is not built in the typical South Indian style of temple architecture. For example, its architecture is not massive or grand but simple in keeping with the style of Kerala houses. Its four gateways lead to the main gopuram (where the idol is installed), protected by a slopping terracotta roof made of Mangalore tiles. Again, in true Kerala style, the temple owns 36 mighty elephants that live at Punnathur Fort, 4 km north of the temple. Its chief popular place for young couples to get married and marriage halls abound in the town. There are shops here that are open 24 hours a day and flower sellers do a boom trade in garlands for the pilgrims and the marriage parties alike.

The Guruvayur temple was known as “Bhooloka Vaikuntha” and is believed to be at least 5,000 years old. The main idol is believed to have been installed by Brihaspati and Vayu, and to have been blessed by Shiva and Parvati. The temple is believed to be built by Vishvakarman, the divine architect. Over the years, Guruvayur has increased in popularity, especially after the 16th century when it became one of the most popular pilgrimage centres in Kerala. The famous work Naaraayaneeyam – authored in the 16th century was composed in the presence of the presiding deity here, and its author is believed to have been cured of an incurable bout of arthritis. At the time of the political turmoil that prevailed during the period of Tippu Sultan, the image of Krishna was taken to Ambalapuzha for safety and worshipped there for a period of 2 years. It was then brought back in 1789.

Legend has it that King Suthapa and his wife Prisna were childless.They worshipped Brahma devotedly for a child. Brahma then handed over this idol to them advising them to worship it ardently. Lord Vishnu appeared before them and blessed them that he himself will be born to them in three re-births, in thee different forms and in three different situations.

During Onam, the harvest festival (August/September), the entire state wears a festive look. Festivals like Ulsavam, Vishu, Ashtami Rohini, Mandalam, Ekadasi, Kuchela’s Day, Chembai Music Festival and Narayaneeyam day are the major occasions that observe special celebrations at Guruvayur Temple. On special events, the sacred images are brought out to take in a procession in Guruvayur town. At the time of festivals, the entire is decorated with inestimable butter lamps, which truly recreates the impression of the former age.

How to reach:
by Air: The nearest airport is Kochi, 90 km away.
by Rail: Thrissur, just 29 km away, is the nearest railway station.
by Road: Several state-owned and private buses as well as taxis regularly ply between Thrissur and Guruvayur.

Bus connections are also available to all the important towns of Kerala as well as neighboring Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

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4 Responses

  1. Dear Sir/Madam,

    eTirth blog welcomes your comments. and this blog is really sorry for the problem that you have faced duing your visit to Great Guruvayur temple.

    There are other people who are facing similar kind or may be more worse problmes at Holy destination like Guruvayur.

    That is why we are here. We are trying to make awareness towards Hindu Holy destinations. We create for the pilgrimage guide, but then we thought people are facing problem as well due to bad management and evil people. So we have created eTirth blog,

    But at the same time we people should be understandable that people like that cheat photographer are problem not Holy destination like Guruvayur. I am sure you must not have complaint for Lord Guruvayur!

    Once again thanks for your comment.

    Shubham Bhavatu.

    eTirth Blog

  2. Onam is Malayalees very important Festival Celebrated all over kerala. Enjoy Onam 2008 (sept 12).

    We have Lot of Onam Cards at abcdef. Please Feel Free to visit us to send free greetings .

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