29 Kms North-West Of Thrissur, Kerala
Popularly Known as
Dwaraka of the South
Most Important Hindu Pilgrim Centre in Kerala
29 kms North-West of Thrissur, Kerala, Guruvayoor is the position where the famous Sri Krishna Temple is located. It is one of the most holy and significant pilgrim centers of Kerala. This very old historic temple is hidden in mystery.
It is supposed, the temple was produced by 'Guru', the 'preceptor of the gods' and 'Vayu', the 'god of winds'. This is perhaps the only temple in the state that hosts the largest number of marriages and rice feeding ceremonies (the ritual first meal for infants).
The eastern 'nada' is the main entrance to the holy place. In the
'Chuttambalam' (outer enclosure) is a 33.5-m tall gold-plated
'Dwajastambham' (flagpost). There
is also a 7 m high 'Deepastambham' (pillar of lamps), whose thirteen circular receptacles provide a truly brilliant spectacle, when lit.
The square 'Sreekovil' is the holy sanctum sanctorum of the temple, housing the main deity. The walls of the sanctum sanctorum are inlaid with beautiful mural paintings and carvings. The interior of the temple also displays the images of
Ganapathy, Sri Ayyappa and Edathedathy Kavil
Bhagavathy. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple.
How to Get There
Air : Nearest international airport is at Nedumbassery (87 km).
Road : The place is well connected to neighbouring places by good motorable roads.