Location : 80 km from Kochi
Famous As : Healing Temple, Bhoolokavaikunta (heaven on Earth)
Major Attraction : 23-ft high 'deepastambham' (pillar of lamps),
Best Time To Go : October-April
Darshan Timings for Devotees : 9 am to 11.30 am, 5 PM to 6.15 PM and
6.45 PM to 7.30 PM
Cochin International Airport (80 Km)
Guruvayoor has an independent railway station just a few
kilometers from the temple.
It is well connected by a wide network of roads to all
major towns and cities of Kerala and is easily accessible.
About the Temple
Kerala is land of rich cultural legacy and it is best manifested in the Temples of Kerala. One such temple that purges the tourists is Guruvayoor Temple in Kerala. Just imagine and try to feel of the bliss when every pilgrim is enchanting the name of Lord Krishna to whom the temple is dedicated. You see pilgrims all around you engrossed in the maya of Lord Krishna. The very ambiance of the temple fragrant by incense sticks and dhoops besides being surrounded by coconut palms will refresh your mind and body. This Dwarka of South is among the most revered pilgrimage destinations in Kerala.
A Slice of Legendary Scriptures
The legends hold that the idol of Lord Krishna in the temple is none other than Lord Narayana, the Preserver, himself. He was the first to worship the idol here and eventually handed over the deity to Brahma to look after Preservation of srishti. A childless couple won the heart of Brahma and so he handed over the deity to them and carried on with his work of Creation of Universe srishti. Lord Narayana blessed the couple with a child. This child was a reincarnation of Vishnu himself. For three janams the couple had Vishnu as their child. Prisigarbha in the first, Vamana in their second and Krishna in the third rebirth. You will also get to know the folklore that how this place came to be known as Guruvayur after Guru and Vayu (God of wind) were blessed by Lord Siva and Goddess Parvati.
An Architectural Portent
A visit to Guruvayoor Temple is a must for witnessing the architectural prodigy of Kerala. Constructed on the basics of architecture it is East facing temple with two Gopurams. Walking around the temple premises will take you to the astonishing artifact adorning the complex of temple. See the 23-ft high 'deepastambham' (pillar of lamps) and the 'chuttu villakus' which may be dull during the day time but dazzle in the night. The wonderful mural paintings depicting the life of Lord Krishna you see in the 'sree kovil' (sanctum sanctorum) are awesome. If visiting in the fe4stival season then do miss out the red-tiled 'koothambalam' where 'Koothu', the traditional dance is performed.
Festivals of the Temple
Come to the temple during the festivities of 'Utsavam' and you see people indulged in devotion and worshiping for ten days. Hoisting of the temple flag atop the flagstaff followed by an elephant race, a lot of elephant processions, varied cultural programs and great feasting is an integral part of the festival of Utsavam celebrated in February March.
Among other festivals Vishu (Malayali New Year), Vaishka, Ashtami, Ashtami Rohini, Kuchela's Day, Mandalam, Ekadasi, Chembai music festival & Narayaneeyam day are the important ones.
Come to the temple and see the awe inspiring phenomena of celebration.