Guruvayur Information

Guruvayur, the ‘Dwarka of South’ is one of the most important pilgrim centres of Kerala.  According to mythological legends, the famous Sree Krishna Swamy temple here is believed to be created by Guru, the preceptor of the Devas and Vayu, the Lord of Winds, who recovered the idol of the presiding deity from a flood that submerged Dwarka.  The idol of the Lord Guruvayur is said to have been worshipped by Lord Brahma himself at Dwarka.  But, the antiquity of the temple can be traced prior to 16th century.  It is believed that shrine was consecrated by Adi Shankarcharya.  The main entrance to the shrien is from eastern nada and at the entrance is a 33.5m high gold plated Dwajasthambam (flag post) called as Garuda Gamba and a 7m high Dipastambham (pillar of lamps) with thirteen circular receptacles.  The square sreekovil is the sanctum sanctorum enshrining the idol of Lord Krishna, the presiding deity popularly known as ‘Guruvayurappan’ or the Lord of Guruvayur.  The temple also has images of Lord Ganapathy, Ayyappa and Edathedatty Kavil Bhagavathy.

The temple is also renowned for the healing powers.  This is also a good place to watch Kerala Hindu marriage ceremony as it is the favourite venue for weddings and ‘Annaprasanam’, the first feding ceremony of the child.  There are four main festivals celebrated here – Ulsavamin (February / March) Vishukani (April) Astami Rohini (August / September) Ekadasi (November / December).  Guruvayur is well connected by rail and road.  The nearest airport is at Nedumbassery (Kochi), about 87km from here.

Guruvayur Distance Guide

Guruvayur Changannassery 161 Km
Guruvayur Alappuzha 136 Km
Guruvayur Kaladi 78 Km
Guruvayur Kalpetta 180 Km
Guruvayur Kannur 194 Km
Guruvayur Kasaragod 283 Km
Guruvayur Kochi 72 Km
Guruvayur Kodungallor 38 Km
Guruvayur Kollam 220 Km
Guruvayur Kottayam 143 Km
Guruvayur Kovalam 296 Km
Guruvayur Kozhikode 108 Km
Guruvayur Malappuram 94 Km
Guruvayur Munnar 174 Km
Guruvayur Muvattupula 105 Km
Guruvayur Painavu 140 Km
Guruvayur Palakkad 86 Km
Guruvayur Sabarimala 211 Km
Guruvayur Shoranur 40 Km
Guruvayur Sultan Bathery 205 Km
Guruvayur Thalassery 172 Km
Guruvayur Thiruvananthapuram 283 Km
Guruvayur Thrissur 25 Km
Guruvayur Vaikam 107 Km