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Guruvayoor Krishna Temple

Guruvayoor is one of the most important pilgrimage centers of South India. The temple dedicated Lord Krishna is main attraction of Guruvayoor. The temple town is located at the distance of 29 Km from Thrissur towards north-west. Guruvayoor Krishna Temple is fourth biggest temple of India in terms of number of devotees visited daily.

Guruvayoor Krishna TempleAccording to legends, the temple was created by Guru, the preceptor of the Gods, and Vayu, the wind god. The main entrance of Guruvayoor Krishna temple is the Eastern Nada. Within the Chuttambalam (outer enclosure) is the tall 33.5 meters high gold plated Dwajasthambam (flag-post). There is also a 7 meters high Dipastambham (pillar of lamps) whose thirteen circular receptacles provide a truly gorgeous spectacle when lit. The square Sreekovil is the sacred sanctum sanctorum of the temple houses the main deity.

The temple is considered as Bhoo Vaikuntam (means the holy abode of Lord Vishnu on the earth). It is believed that the idol of Lord Krishna at Guruvayoor is very old and there are no historical records. According to the legend, the idol of Lord Krsihna is 5000 year old. The idol of Lord Krishna is in enchanting form. The idol has four lustrous arms. The upper left hand is holding the conch Panchajanya, the right hand is holding Sudarshana Chakra, the lower left hand with gada and the lower right hand with Padma (Lotus). The lord is decorated with the Tulasi garland.

The daily rituals are performed as per the customs set by Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankaracharya and later written formally in the Tantric method by Chennas Narayanan Namboodiri. The Chennas Namboodiris are the hereditary Tantris of the Guruvayoor Krishna Temple. The Tantri is available full time to make sure that the rituals are performed and customs are strictly followed without any mistakes.

The Vedic traditions are followed at this temple with complete perfection as well as sincerity is a feature of Guruvayoor Krishna Temple. You should observe here that, even though the fact that the temple is believed to be one of the sacred place for Vaishnavites, the Guruvayoor Temple is absolutely not one of the 108 Diyva desam of Vishnu.

The Krishna temple of Guruvayoor also houses images of Lord Ganapathy, Lord Ayyappa and Edathedattu Kavil Bhagavathy.

Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple.

Dress code of Guruvayoor Krishna Temple:

Dress code is very strict for people who want to come into the Guruvayoor Krishna Temple. Males are usually to be dressed in Mundu around their waist, with no dress covering their chest. Children are permitted to wear shorts; however they are too restricted from wearing a shirt. Women and girls will not be supposed to be dressed in any trouser like clothes or short skirts. Females are insisted to be dressed in Sari and young girls are permitted to wear long skirt as well as blouses. At present the dress code for ladies are relaxed with Salwar Kameez/Churidar being permitted.

Distance from Guruvayoor Krishna Temple

Ernakulam: 80 Km
Kochi: 96 Km
Kumarakom: 141 Km
Kottayam: 151 Km
Alappuzha: 141 Km
Kuttanad: 159 Km
Thrissur: 29 Km
Idukki: 169 Km
Munnar: 177 Km
Kollam: 228 Km
Kozhikode: 118 Km
Thiruvananthapuram: 289 Km
Kovalam: 298 Km
Kasargod: 303 Km

How to get there:

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (IATA: COK, ICAO: VOCI).

Nearest Railway Station: Guruvayoor Railway Station lies in the Thrissur - Guruvayoor Section.

Road: Guruvayoor is well connected by road network. The temple town is about 29 km from Thrissur town.

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