Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Hindu god Guruvayurappan (a four-armed affiliation of the Hindus god Vishnu). It is located in the town of Guruvayur in Kerala, India. Being one of the most important places of worship for Hindus of Kerala, this place is referred to as Bhuloka Vaikunta i.e. "Holy Abode of Vishnu on Earth".
Guruvayoor is a thriving township in Trichur district of Kerala state in the South of India, its scenic beauty and serenity are breath taking. Guruvayoorappan is the chief diety here - The God which hears the prayers of its pilgrims.
The presiding deity of the Guruvayur Temple is Vishnu, worshipped in the form of Guruvayurappan. The central icon is a four-armed standing Krishna 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; hence Guruvayur is also known as "Dwarka of South India". He is currently worshipped according to routines laid down by Adi Shankara.
Architectural style: Architecture of Kerala
Address: Guruvayur Devaswom, East Nada, Guruvayur, Kerala 680101
Phone: 0487 255 6335
The temple opens at 3:00 am, closed between 1:30 pm and again reopens at 4:30pm.
Dress code for the temple:
Mandatory dress code are applicable for people who wish to enter the Guruvayur Temple. Men wear mundu around their waist, without any dress covering their chest. But it is allowed to cover the chest region with a small piece of cloth (veshthi). Women wear sari, shalwar kameez and girls wear long skirt and blouses.
How to Reach:
By Road: Guruvayoor is well connected with the other parts of the country by road and rail. The National highway is passing through Kunnamkulam which is just 8 kms away from Guruvayoor. Kerala Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and private bus services are available from all major locations of the state and few inter-state services.
By rail: The railway station towards the east of the temple is connected to the Madras-Mangalore main line at Thrissur. It has got computerised ticket booking facility and tickets can be booked to any locations from here.
By Air: Kochi international airport (Nedumbassery) 80 kms from Guruvayoor is the nearest airport here. All major international flight services are operated from these airports.
Top Attractions Nearby:
MAMMIYUR SIVA TEMPLE: This temple is situated 1km north of Guruvayoor temple. There is a common belief that one who visits Guruvayoor temple should also visit Mammiyur to complete his pilgrimage. It has prathishtas of Siva in Linga form and Parvathi in the form of bronze mirror image. Rudrabhishekam is the main offering.
THRISSUR VADAKKUNNATHAN TEMPLE: Sree Vadakkunnathan(Siva) Temple is one of the most ancient graama - kshetras of Kerala with exquisite wood carvings and mural paintings. The main offering in the temple is Abhisheka with ghee(Neyyabhishekam) and is considered a cure for all types of disease especially for those relating to head.
KADAVALLUR SREERAMA TEMPLE: The Sreerama temple, Kadavallur is famous for the great Anyonyam which comprises four rigorous tests to examine the proficiency of participants in Rigveda. Sreerama is worshipped in three forms, morning as in Vanavaasa, at noon as in SethuBandhana, and at night as the King of Ayodhya. The important offerings of the temple are Appam and Payasam.
NELLUVAI DHANVANTHARI TEMPLE: Dhanvantharimoorthy is the Prathishta in the temple. The deity is worshipped by all for getting cure of diseasesof all kinds. The principle offerings of the temple are Vennachartal and Palpayasam.