Guruvayur Temple, Guruvayur

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Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Hindu god Guruvayurappan (a four-armed form of the Hindu god Vishnu), located in the town of Guruvayur in Kerala, India. It is one of the most important places of worship for Hindus in Kerala and is often referred to as Bhuloka Vaikunta (Holy Abode of Vishnu on Earth).
The presiding deity of the Guruvayur Temple is Vishnu, worshipped in the form of his avatar Krishna. The central icon is a four-armed standing Vishnu carrying the conch Panchajanya, the discus Sudarshana Chakra, the mace Kaumodaki, and a lotus with a Holy basil garland. This image represents the majestic form of Vishnu as revealed to Krishna's parents Vasudeva and Devaki around the time of Krishna's birth. Worship proceeds according to routines laid down by Adi Shankara and later written formally in the Tantric way, the inter-religious spiritual movement that arose in medieval India, by Chennas Narayanan Nambudiri (born in 1427). The Chennas Nambudiris are the hereditary tantris (high priest) of the Guruvayur Temple.
The temple is managed by a special Devaswom (Guruvayur Devaswom) under the control of the Government of Kerala. The main festivals of this temple are the 10-day festival in the Malayalam month of Kumbham starting with flag hoisting on Pooyam star, Sri Krishna Janmashtami (Birthday of Lord Krishna) in the month of Chingam, Ekadasi (11th day) in the shukla paksha (bright fortnight) in the month of Vrischikam, popularly called as Guruvayur Ekadasi and Vishu on the first day of the month of Medam, once a harvest festival. The temple's sub-deities are Ganapathi, Ayyappan and Bhagavathi, and there are two sub-temples each, one for Ganapathi and the other for Nagadevata nearby the temple.
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  • A huge elephant temple about 90-100 kms from Kochi. Very well kept, clean, sanitised and well organised temple of worship. Ample of security and helpful volunteers. Some key points - Temple remains....  more »
  • Guruvayur Temple is a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Lord Krishna. The presiding deity of the temple is a four armed version of Vishnu, worshipped mainly in Kerala, as Shri Krishna in his infant.....  more »
  • My favourite 😍 growing up. Temple premises are very well maintained. Now devotees can sit in the queue and wait for entry into the temple. On a typical day, a visit may take between 1 to 2 hours. On special days where crowd is there, the wait may be longer. Senior citizens have special entry queues.
  • The temple emanates a very pure sense of piety. Amazing architecture. The Kerala style of temple architecture is truly superb and different from that of other South Indian temples. There is a strict dress code though. Men ought to wear dhoti for entering the temple

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