The Guruvayur / Guruvayoor Sri Krishna Temple is one of the most important and sacred pilgrim centres of Kerala. The presiding deity is Maha Vishnu, in standing posture with four hands carrying Sankhu(conch), Sudarshana chakram (a serrated disk), lotus and mace. He is worshipped as Balakrishna, the full avatar (Purnaavatara) of Mahavishnu, who is also known in the name of Guruvayurappan. The idol is made of a rare stone known as Patala Anjana. Set amid the swaying coconut palms, Guruvayur has the scenic beauty characteristic of Kerala.
The glory of Guruvayur was revealed by sage Dattatreya to King Janamejaya , the son of Parikshit. According to the sage, the image of Guruvayur was originally worshipped by Narayana. The place has been also come to be justly known as the Dwaraka of the South - thus rests on the of the idol installed there which represents the full manifestation of the Lord Mahavishnu as was revealed to Vasudeva and Devakiat the time of Krishnavatara, world-enchanting form of Sri Krishna endowed with the four lustrous arms carrying the conch, the discus, the mace and the lotus. Adoring himself with the divine tulasi garland and pearl necklaces, the Lord here appears in all radiance. His eyes stream forth the milk of compassion and kindness.
Other Temples in Guruvayur
This is also a subordinate shrine of Guruvayur and is 0.5km to the north of Mammiyur. The prathikshta here is the Goddess narayani. She is otherwise Vishnumaya and famed as bestowing salvation on men. The annual temple festival here is conducted on the 10th of the Malayalam month of Makaram (January end).
Situated a few meters to the north of the Manjulal on the east nada. Its a great temple and the beautiful idol of Parthasarathi (Sri Krishna as Arjuna's Charioteer). The celebration of the Gita day on Vrischika Ekadasi, (Sukla Paksha) is the important festival here.
Half a kilometer to the north-east of parthasarathi shrine is another Vishnu shrine Tiruvenkatam or Venkatachalapati of Tirupati. The general belief is that this Devi temple because only the image of bhagavati on the south-east corner of the chuttambalam is what is worshipped now, the main deity Venkatachalapati- opposite this and facing east was the target of depredation of Tipu Sultan, it being disfigured below neck.
Perunthatta Shiva Temple
This temple, with its many stone inscriptions, and situated on the south side of Guruvayur temple ah4out 1km away, has historical significance.
Tamarayur Vishnu Temple
This little shrine, known as Tamarayur Srikantapuram, lies on 1km north of Guruvayur. It has a beautiful four-armed idol adorned with sankha, charka, gada and padma. There is only one Srikoil, and mandapa opposite.
Punnathur Kotta is located in Kottapadi, a small place near Guruvayoor. This place is famous for the elephant pound (Anakkotta in local language) where the elephants belonging to the Guruvayoor temple are kept. Elephants are trained here for purposes related to temples. The pound currently has about 64 elephants. All of them came here as offerings by devotees of Lord Guruvayurappa. Gajapooja (Worshipping Elephants) and Anayoottu (Feeding Elephants) are observed here, as offering to Lord Ganesha.
Guruvayur Temple Images
Guruvayur Sri Krishna temple premises
Queue lines and main entrance
Wall lamps lighten up in the evenings bring the sense of glory
A temple ritual
Anakotta - The Guruvayur devaswom elephant sanctuary
The Krishna temple is one of the five famous Krishna / Vishnu temples in India
The idol of the presiding deity is made of a mixture called Padala Anjanam
This temple known as 'Bhooloka Vaikunta', believed to be at least 5000 years old
Beautifully lined up wall lamps inside temple brings a sense of glory in the evenings
Perunthatta Shiva Temple
Tamarayur Vishnu Temple
Elephant Park - Punnathur Kotta
Chettuva backwater and Blangad Beach
Where is Guruvayur
Guruvayoor city is located in Thrissur district of Kerala state, India - 680101.
How to Reach
Distance From: Thrissur - 28 km, Kochi - 93 km, Alappuzha - 140 km, Coimbatore - 140 km
Nearest Airport: Cochin International - 76km
Nearest Bus Station: Guruvayur
Nearest Railway Station: Guruvayur
Transport: Guruvayur is near Thrissur city and well connected by road and railways.
Where to Stay
Many hotels from budget to luxury available for pilgrims stay.
Festivals / Events
Ulsavam (Annual Festival) : This is conducted in the month of Kumbha - 10 days - (Feb-March)
Vishu: The Malayali New Year day falls on the 1st of Medam month - (mid April)
Vaishaka: The lunar month from the day following the new moon of Medam - (April-May)
Ashtami Rohini: In the month of Chingam, under the Rohini Nakshatra - (July-Aug)
Worship & Darshan Timings
03.00am to 03.20am Nirmalya Darshanam
09.00am to 11.30am Darshanam
12.30pm to 04.30pm Break
05.00pm to 06.15pm Darshanam
06.45pm to 07.30pm Darshanam
03.20am to 03.30am Thilabhishekam, Vakacharth & Sankabhishekam
03.30am to 04.15am Alankaram & Malar Naivedyam
04.15am to 04.30am Usha Naivedyam & Usha pooja
04.30am to 06.15am Ethirettu Pooja
06.15am to 07.00am Siveli
07.00am to 09.00am Palabhishekam, Navabhishekam, Pantiradi naivedyam & Pooja
11.30am to 12.30pm Ucha Pooja
04.30pm to 05.30pm Siveli
06.15pm to 06.45pm Deeparadhana
07.30pm to 08.15pm Athazha Pooja & Athazha Naivedyam
08.45pm to 09.00pm Athazha Siveli
09.00pm to 09.15am Tripuka & Olavayana
The main shrine is surrounded by clothe and souvenir shops
Things to Take Care
The must follow dress code is made for the devotees, who wish to enter the temple. Men are to wear only white or silk 'Dhothi' or 'Mundu' while women are to wear Saree, Chudidar or traditional Kerala dresses.
Non Hindus are not allowed even inside the perimeter of the temple complex