About the temple
Guruvayur appan or Lord Krishna is the presiding deity of this very popular temple in South India. It is also known as booloka vaikundam implying heaven on earth. Narayaneeyam was composed at this temple by Melpathur Naryana Battathiri.
The devotee offer anything from flowers to tulabharam where the devotee donates sugar, rice, bananas and a lot other things equal to his weight. Devotees also perform annaprasanam here which refers to feeding a baby for the first time.
Praying at this temple is said to cure the body ailments of the devotees. A visit to the temple is considered to be complete only by visiting the mammiyur mahadevan temple that is about ½ km away. Those devotees who are unable to visit that temple pray from a particular corner in the guruvayurappan temple.
The main entrance to the temple is on the east side and the temple is open from 3 in the morning to 1 in the afternoon and again from 4 to 9 in the night.
The temple management manages an elephant sanctuary known as punnathur kotta 3 kms from the temple. Here there are about 55 elephants of the temple. There is also an ancient Shiva and Bhagvathy temple here.
How to reach
Guruvayur is just 29 kms from Thrissur in Kerala. Thrissur is connected with other important cities in India by train. Regular buses both private as well as Kerala state govt buses ply between Thrissur and Guruvayur.
Nearest station: Guruvayur, Trissur
Nearest Airport: Kochi (80 kms) and Calicut (100 kms)
International flights also operate from these two airports.
Guruvayoor appan (Krishna)
Edathedathy kavil bhagavathy
The temple pond is called Rudratheertham.
Temples in proximity
Nava mukundan temple -Thirunavai, Uyyavantha perumal - Thiruvidvakodu
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