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Lakshmi Priya

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Divine experience to be in Guruvayoor Temple

Guruvayoor SriKrishna temple is located in the district of Thrissur in Kerala. It is one of the ancient temples in Kerala. This temple is popularly known as Bhooloka Vaikunta. Lord of this temple is popularly known as Guruvayoorappan.

Temple is believed to be around 5000 years old. Main idol is believed to be installed by Bruhaspati (Guru) and Vayudev and hence the name Guruvayoorappan. Temple is believed to be built by Viswakarma. Poonthanam and Melpathoor Narayana Bhattathiri were two great followers of Lord Guruvayoorappan in 15th Century. Poonthanam wrote Jnanappana and Melpathoor wrote Narayaneeyam in praise of Lord Guruvayoorapapan.

Palpayasam (sweet made of milk) is very famous in this temple. You can do various poojas by taking receipts from temple counter itself. You have to be in traditional dresses to go inside temple. This temple can be reached by rail or road. There is a railway station in Guruvayoor, but only few trains go there. Unless you get a direct train to Guruvayoor, you can get down in Thrissur junction railway station and take a bus to Guruvayoor. Accommodation can be booked in advance in Devaswam guest house or in private hotels nearby.

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Travelforfun

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Lovely spiritual destination for a Shree Krishna devotees

If you are spiritual, and travelling to Kerala, then do not miss this temple. A very holy Sree Krishna temple, that is many centuries old. This temple once housed a famous temple elephant called Gajarajan Keshavan - it is said there has never been ever an elephant as majestic as this. Unfortunately it died after serving the God in mid-seventies. The Lord Krishna himself is a treat to the eyes. Going to the Sreekoil or the main sanctum sanctorum of the temple and seeing the Lord at each time of the day has various significance. The decoration of the Lord is done by the chief Tantri (priest). The first opening of the temple, being the most auspicious at 2. 30 am, and the Lord looks like a young baby Krishna. If you can enter the temple and see the Lord at this time, all your holy and practical wishes can come true (of course you must put effort to get them). This is Nirmalyam and then there are many including Vagacharthu, Usha Pooja, Seeveli, etc It's amazing temple, my every year schedule to be here at-least once.

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History of Guruvayur

Guruvayur is a small town in the district of Thrissur in the state of Kerala. It is considered to be one of the most important pilgrimage centres of South India. Guruvayur is popular for many Hindu temples that play a very important role in defining the cultural history of the place. Guruvayur was named after Guru Brihaspati who is considered as the teacher of gods.

People and Culture of Agra

The most popular attraction here is the Guruvayur Temple, which is one of the most stringent temples in South India. There are four gateways that lead to the idol but the eastern gate is considered as the main entrance. Other than Lord Krishna, the temple houses idols of Lord Shiva, Sree Ayyappa, Ganapathy and Edathedathy Kavil Bhagavathy. Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple. Apart from being a temple, Guruvayur has been an important cultural centre where some rare literature works have been defined. Guruvayur has extreme weather conditions with dry climate most of the year. The climate of Guruvayur is extremely hot during summers and cold in winters. The summer season is from the month of March to May with an average maximum temperature of 37° Celsius. From June to September Guruvayur receives heavy rainfall whereas winters are here from December to February with an average temperature ranging from 23° Celsius to 30° Celsius. In terms of weather, the best time to visit Guruvayur is in the winter season but the destination also attracts a lot of tourists on festive occasions. The months from August to November have a moderate cooler climate and offer many celebrations throughout. "Ekadasi" is a special day followed every month when pilgrims in large numbers come to the temples here.

Things To Do in Guruvayur

One of the major attractions of the region is the annual Guruvayur Festival or Guruvayur Utsavam which is held during February-March. This year the festival starts on 7th March 2012. It kicks off with the Elephant Race or Anayottam. The race starts half a kilometer away from the eastern entrance under a banyan tree. The elephants take seven rounds inside the temple and finally touch the flagpole. The elephant to touch the flagpole first is hailed as the winner and gets the honour of carrying the idol of Lord Guruvayurappan on all special occasions for a year. The 10-day festival also showcases the tradition, culture and heritage of Kerala. Traditional music and dance, as well as plays and dance dramas based on the life of Lord Krishna, are performed during this time.

Food and Shopping in Guruvayur

Not really a shopper's hub, Guruvayur offers a range of dress materials, antiques and eatables from the avenue shops on the street. Photographs, mural paintings & embroidered handicrafts are the other things that can be shopped in Guruvayur. Traditional Kerala saris & jewellery are also available here.

Travelling To Guruvayur

Guruvayur has the nearest airport at Kochi, Nedumbassery International Airport, which is at a distance of 65 km. Kochi airport is well connected to all major airports in India with major airlines plying regularly. It is also connected to many foreign cities. Taxi services can also be availed from here. The major railhead nearest to Guruvayur is at Thrissur, which is located at a distance of about 27 km. State owned bus services are also available from almost all the cities in Kerala to Guruvayur. Category of buses like super deluxe buses connects Guruvayur with cities like Kochi, Kozhikode, Trivandrum, Palaghat, Chennai, Salem, Coimbatore and Bangalore.

Accommodation options in Guruvayur

Accommodation options in Guruvayur range from budget hotels to deluxe hotels. Tourists can avail stay according to their budget.