Guruvayoor, a Hindu pilgrimage centre in Kerala is visited by the Hindu believers and other tourists for its Hindu temple and the peculiar charm of the locality. The name Guruvayoor itself symbolizes the image of Lord Krishna. This holy pilgrim site is located at a distance of 30 kilometers from Thrissur and it attracts a large number of tourists for its temple.
Legend says, Brihaspathi (Guru) saw an idol of Krishna floating on the waters of a lake at the beginning of his yoga. He carried out the idol and with Vayu he installed it at Guruvayupura which later became Guruvayoor. Now the main deity of the temple is Lord Krishna which posture is standing position with four arms holding conch, the discus, the mace and the lotus. The inner chambers of the temple are decked with murals and carvings. The main stunning part of the temple is Deepasthambham at the outer circle which is a brass lamp. When it is lit it adds a spectacular aura to it.
The architecture of the temple is a feast to the eye. The square hall of the temple has an outer gallery which is adorned with oil lamps. The performances are held at the ‘Koothambalam’and lunch is served at the Oottupura. There is a temple tank namely Rudratheertha where devotees have to bath before entering the temple.
The temple opens at 3 am in the morning and only Hindus can enter the temple. One has to maintain dress code to enter the temple, men may wear a dhoti and the women a sari.
How to Reach :
Cochin International Airport located at Nedumbassery 80 km away from Guruvayoor.
By Road One can reach Guruvayoor from Thrissur. Guruvayoor has bus service to Cochin, Kottayam, Palakkad, Calicut, Trivandrum, etc.
By Rail Train from Thrissur runs to Guruvayoor. The railway station has train service to Kochi, Trivandrum and Chennai.