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||Sultan Bathery||205 Km|