is famous for the Guruvayur Temple whichis home to Lord Krishna and is situated
in Thrissur district.
hear these words very often in Kerala- Krishna Guruvayoorappa! This Guruvayoor
temple is counted in the list of one of the most divine 108 temples of Lord Vishnu.
Every person has a kind of attachment with Guruvayoorand holds a special place
in their hearts.At Mammiyur, just a kilometer away is the Shiva temple and
non-Hindus are strictly prohibited from entering the temple premises.
Guruvayoor has also become one of the most important temples in south India
just like other famous temples, Tirupati and Sabarimala.Just 5 kilometers away
from Guruvayoor is situated Chavakkad beach, which is a good place to spend
your evenings. A must watch is the annual Guruvayoor festival which kickstarts
with an elephant race and is held between the period of February- March.
More on Guruvayur:
Guruvayoor temple and the ground has its own uniqueness. The East Nada
and the West Nada are the two entrances, and both of them lead to the temple. When
you walk from these paths, you will find many shops on your way which symbolize
different aspects of Kerala. You will find items like Kerala sarees, kathakali
show pieces, brass lamps and many more things. Also, some good quality turmeric
and papad can be found in these shops. The place also has a stage on the ground
where performing is considered as a matter of great honor and artist can
perform musical and dancing performances there. Famous artist like Yesudas and
Manju Warries have also performed here.
In very rarest of times,there may be a chance when you can have an experience
where you can enter and exit the temple in half an hour.Even on leastcrowded days,
it takes around an hour to finally be in front of the deity. The queue for the
temple starts from outside of the temple. There are some rules to be followed
as Guruvayoor temple is very strict about maintaining its sanctity. If you are
found breaking any rule, you will be taken out of the queue and will be sentback
at the end of the queue. They keep on changing the clothes of the deity of Lord
Krishna to depict the change in the growing age of lord Krishna from disk to
dawn. So, if you visit the temple inthe morning, you will find the deity of
Lord Krishna and, at dawn, the deity of Lord Krishna, the king.
History of Guruvayur
5000 years old legendary temple is popularly known for its rich and alluring religious
and cultural background. As believed by the local legends, Dwarka which was on
the verge of destruction, so Lord Krishna requested sages to remove his idol
from there and establish it in Kerala. The place is said to be named after the
titles of Vayu Deva and Brihaspati Deva, who were said to be the responsible
ones for the act. Mentions of ‘Karuvayur’ were found in Tamil literature and
scripts of Dravic literature.
Krishna’s home in God’s own country.”
by Guruvayur Devaswom is a Carnatic musical fest named annual Chembai
Sangeetholsavam in which around 3000 musicians come together in the theme of
the town. Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar is the one to whom this entire
Carnatic musical fest is dedicated, he himself was a devotee of Lord Guruvayurappan and was
a Carnatic musician. The gest lasts upto 12-15 days and on the ending day,which
is the Guruvayur Ekadashi day when all top 5 Chembai songs are performed to celebrate
the auspicious occasion.
Local Food in Guruvayur
will get pure vegetarian food locally at Guruvayur. Although non-vegetarian
food is not banned at the place, but you will rarely find any non-vegetarian
bar or stall. Most of the restaurants serve good roasted dogs with other
popular vegetarian Keralacuisine.
Day 1: You can have some
tasty Kerala Sadhya by reaching Guruvayur by noon. After taking some rest
around 4 PM set out for temple. You will complete your darshan 6 PM. For
a while, you can watch the musical and dance performance being held in front of
the temple. If you stay there after sunset, you can see whole templelit by oil
lamps.You can shop for
various famous Kerala artifacts and also the famous original Kerala sarees
which you can find easily from the near by shops. After
that, you can have your supper and head back to your hotel.
Day 2: To get glimpses of
bal Krishna form of lord Krishna, wake up at 4 AM and go to the temple. After
that, you can have a delicious south Indian breakfast in any of the nearby
restaurants. After that, you can have a visit at the Guruvayur Elephant Sanctuary-Anakotta,
which is home to over 80 elephants and is spread across 10 acres of land.