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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular attractions in Guruvayur?

Kapil Gumasta DEC 10 2012
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Guruvayur is predominantly a religious spot. And aren’t you already excited to go knocking on the doors of this 5000-years old place? You sure are. Then, we do our bit to suggest to you some of the prominent sites that attract tourists every year.

  • Guruvayur Temple

    This temple is also called Guruvayurappan Temple or Sri Krishna Temple or Bhooloka Vaikuntam, and is one of the oldest and most visited temple of South India. Legend has it that the original temple was just the sanctum sanatorium, that was installed on the instructions of Lord Krishna by Deva Guru Brihaspati (Heavenly Saint) and Vayu Deva (Wind God). It was then properly constructed by Lord Parasurama (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) on the request of the gods. The other complexes and structures adjoining and around the temple were later built by various kings and other rich men, the Great Zamorin King Manadeva Varma of Kozhikode being one of the famous devotees of Lord Krishna.
    The sanctum sanatorium, built by Lord Parasurama himself, has 3 layers inside of it, with the original idol of Lord Vishnu residing in the third layer. The idol is illuminated by a 100 golden lamps.
    Apart from this, there are 4 more deities worshipped inside the main complex,
    Lord Ganesha and Lord Sree Padmanabha (Royal deity of Travancore) in the inner layer and Lord Ayyappa and Goddess Parvati in the outer layer.
    Yellow bananas (Kadali variety), butter, ghee, sugar, Paal Payasam, sandal balls, etc. are some of the main offerings made here as per the body weight of the offerer measured on a special scale called Thulabharam. An art-form unique to this temple is the dance called Krishnaattam which is performed daily in the evenings throughout the year except in the monsoon month of July. Unless they have been booked individually, the performances are open to the public outside the temple.
    Interestingly, several rituals like marriage ceremonies and
    Choroonu (first meals to a child) are specially performed at this temple. Also the temple provides all the three meals in the day free to its devotees. The temple remains closed to darshan-seekers from 2 pm to 4 pm and from 9 pm to 3 am in the morning.
    Also, it must be noted that non-Hindus are prohibited to enter the temple. Mobile phones or any other sort of electronic devices are strictly banned inside the complex. Also, there is a strict dress code for both men and women. Men must remain topless with
    Kerala Mundu (only white/saffron) while women are supposed to wear sarees or pyjamas and kurtas.
  • Institute of Mural Painting

    This institute is managed by Guruvayur Devasom, a semi-constitutional temple trustee body, and is located at the east gate of the Guruvayur Temple. The renowned master of mural painting, Shri Mammiyoor Krishnankutty had established this institute.
    Gurukula-like institution offers many courses in  arts such as mural painting, sculpture, aesthetics, etc to its students. It also organizes many seminars and exhibitions for culture and art-critics.
    It is open from 8 am to 8 pm on all days except Tuesdays.
  • Mammiyoor Temple

    If you visit the sacred Guruvayur Temple, there is no way you can miss this temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. To complete your pilgrimage to this sacred town, you must pay your homage here before you leave this town. This temple is barely 500 metres away and is adorned with a Shiva temple facing east and in rowdra bhava (a mental disposition of divine fury).
    The temple has 2 independent shrines-one dedicated to Lord Shiva and another to
    Lord Vishnu. The temple’s beautifully carved large murals can leave many a spectators speechless.
  • Chamundeswari Temple

    Located very close to Guruvayur Temple, this temple is dedicated to Sri Chamundeswari, a revered form of Lord Durga. The temple, like its neighbour, is believed to be many centuries old and therefore most devotees who visit Guruvayur Temple pay a visit here as well. One separate shrine in the temple is devoted to Thazhthukavu Bhagavathy, an ancient South Indian deity, where the deity is placed as a simple stone slab.
    The temple remains open to devotees from 5 am to 11 am, and then reopens in the evening at 5 pm and closes for the night at 8 pm.
  • Parthasarathy Temple

    This temple is located about 1 km away from Guruvayur Temple. Its main shrine is built as a chariot on which Lord Krishna, acting as Parthasarathy, is placed reciting lessons from the Bhagavad Gita to Arjun. The temple is a must-visit for followers of Lord Krishna.
  • Venkitachalapathy Temple

    Located near Parthasarathy Temple, the temple is dedicated to Thirupathi Venkatachalapathy, a form of Lord Vishnu. Devotees have firm faith that a visit to this temple will bring happiness and prosperity in their lives. Therefore, the temple is thronged by a number of pilgrims every year.

Carry the name of the almighty in your heart and your devotion is sure to push you closer to enlightenment in this pious land.

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