Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple

Gurupavanapuri (Guruvayoor), situated in Thrissur District, the seacoast town of Malabar. The name " Gurupavanapuri " originated from the name of Hindu God "Guru" and "Pavanan" (Vaayu), "Puri" means place. - Gurupavanapuri is also known as Guruvayoor. "Guruvayurappan" means Lord Sree Krishna. Guruvayur - The Temple Town in South India. This is one of the most important and holiest pilgrim centers in South India, attracting thousands of pilgrims from all over India. About 50,000 devotees visiting to have a darshan of the graceful image of the Lord Sanctorum. Gurupavanapuri is also well known for Krishnanattam, Aanayottam, Music and many other traditional arts. This quiet small municipal area is a model for religious harmony and peaceful co-existence.

Zamorin's Period In Temple

zamorin's periodMamankam was a very famous event at Thirunavaya, on the bank of Bharathappuzha . The war between the Zamorins and the Raja of Valluvanad of Thirunavaya in a way popularised Guruvayur


Kudallur Kunjhikkavu Namboodiri ( AD 1839-1903)

Kunjhikkavu was known as Raman in his childhood. He learnt Puranas through his mother’s daily parayana (recitation ) of Ezhuthachan’s works and learnt Sanskrit on his own. He formerly began


Kururamma, Villwamangalam II & the Lord

Kururamma was a childless widow. She adopted Unnikrishna as her son and gave Him a lot of motherly love. Villwamangalam also saw the Lord in the form of Unnikrishna but the Lord always



ganapathyIn almost all Kerala temples, Ganapathy will find a place among upadevas of the main installation. Here the Ganapathy shrine is situated within the Nalambalam itself, at the south-western corner. Initially this shrine was


Mahathmya of locality

temple Guruvayur is made divine by the prolonged Tapas by both Siva and prachethas in the Rudratheertha which is now Arattukulam of Lord Guruvayurappan. Under the waters of the Rudratheertha Siva was worshipping Maha


Kuchela Dinam

Kuchela Dinam, Kuchela day, is observed on the first Wednesday of Dhanu Masam (December – January) as per traditional Hindu calendar followed at Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple in Kerala. Kuchela Dinam 2010 date is December 22. The day commemorates the meeting of Kuchela, a friend and school mate, and Sri Krishna.Kuchela visits Krishna after several years when Sri Krishna is the ruler of Dwarka. Kuchela, also known as Sudama, was poor and he was visiting Krishna to ask some financial help to overcome his poverty. He carried with him handful of aval or poha (beaten rice).


Guruvayur Temple Architecture

architectureThe Sreekovil (Sanctum Sanctorum) is designed in 2 layers with copper sheet roofing plated with gold. The deity is in the traditionally orthodox form of Mahavishnu, with all the compliments - four arms each carrying sankh (conch), chakra (wheel), gadha (club) and padmam (lotus). The Moolavigraha (main idol) is made of Pathalanjana Shila and is considered extremely sacred.There are two more idols one of silver and the other of gold of which the silver idol is more older.These are used for the seeveli and other processions.


Manavedan (AD1595-1658)

Prince Manavedan of Calicut was born in 1595 and had early education in Sanskrit. He wrote Purvabharatha Champu in 1643. He might have been familiar with Melpathur and Poonthanam


The Lord’s Partiality for Poonthanam

PoonthanamThough Poonthanam and Melpathur were great devotees of Lord Guruvayurappan, Poonthanam, a great poet, who wrote his verses in the vernacular, was famous for his bhakthi where



sasthaAt the southern side of the temple, outside the Nalambalam and just inside the pradikshinavazhy is the shrine of Sastha. This is the only shrine outside the Nalambalam. The shrine of Edatharikathu Bhagavathy is


Old Political Setup in Guruvayur Temple

politicalsetupBefore the British occupation, Guruvayur was a temple state. As a state it had a well defined government, law and order maintenance, army and judicial jurisdiction. As a colony of Trikkunavay , Guruvayur had certain


Mahathmya of the installation

Brihaspathy Brihaspathy, helped by Vayu went throughout the world, in search of the most holy and; suitable place. Then at the invitation of Parasurama, they came to kerala and reached Rudratheetha where Siva was doing tapas. Divining the


Administration of Guruvayur Temple

administration The Administrative office is functioning in the new Sreepadmam building from 1997. In the present set-up there is no yogam. The ancient families all except Mallisseri have become extinct. On 9th March 1971, the Government of Kerala introduced an Act , known as the Guruvayur Devaswom Act, replacing the Trusteeship by a Managing Committee, nominated by the Hindu Ministers in the State Cabinet. The day-to-day administration is to be looked after by an Administrator appointed by the Government.


Kururamma (AD 1570-1640)

Kururamma was born in 1570 in the village of Parur, near the house of Villwamangalam. Her maiden name was Dhatri. By marriage she became Kururamma, the senior-most lady of the Kurur illam


Melpathur Humbled

poonthanamThe Jnanapana (means the song of wisdom) written in simple Malayalam is Poonthanam's greatest work. Melpathur was the most knowledgeable and learned man of that time. Poonthanam showed the


Edatharikathu Bhagavathy

edatharikathuThe Name Edatharikathu Kavu has come on account of its proximity to the main deity. The goddess here is looked upon as upadevatha (subordinate deity) of the temple. The popular belief is that the presiding deity is


Fire & Renovation At Guruvayur Temple

fire and renovationOn November30,1970,a massive fire broke out in the temple. It begin from the western chuttambalam and raged all around for five hours, but the Sreekovil, the Vigraha, sub-shrines of Ganapathy, Sastha,


Mahathmya of the Idol

guruvayurappanGenerally temples have idols made of dark granite but the idol of Guruvayurappan is made out of a rare pataalanjana sila and hence extremely divine. This image of Lord Krishna was once worshipped by the supreme



MandalapoojaMandala seasons commences on the 1st day of Vrichikam. Panjagavya abhishekam will be done during this period to Lord Guruvayurappan. Kazhchaseeveil thrice a day became a part of this season.


Customs in Guruvayur Temple

Temple     customsThe Do and don't inside the temple.

The traditional rules and regulations in the Temple.

Listed here.


Villwamangalam (1575-1660)

Villwamangalam II was Prince Manavedan's spiritual mentor. Villwamangalam is the name of the illam in which the saint was born. He settled in Parur near Aluva. Like his ancestor, he also joined


The Lord as Mangattachan

Poonthanam a devout devotee of the Lord who used to walk about 100 kilometers to take darshan of Guruvayurappan every month. Once on his way, he was attacked by some robbers. Sensing the


Office Ganapathy

officeganapathyThis shrine is situated at the East nada inside the old Devaswom office compound. There is no roof for this shrine. The image here is considered to be very powerful and many people pray here to fulfill the


Old Administration Of Guruvayur Temple

old administrationThe superior staff in the administration were called Kovil adhikarikal, and lower staff as Kovil karmikal. The members of the staff were either given a monthly remuneration or assigned lands.


Navarathri Pooja

Navarathri PoojaDuring the Navarathri season special poojas, Keli, Nagaswaram and Thayampaka are arranged at the Edatharikathukavu Temple of Guruvayur Temple.

Illam Nira & Puthiri

Every year Nira and puthiri are celebrated in Guruvayur Temple. The date for this is decided by the temple Thanthri. The paddy sheaves necessary for the Nira are carried from the eastern Gopuram by keezhsanthis. They enter the chutambalam with the sheaves on their head, make pradakshinams and enter the inner shrine to place these at the Mukhamandapam. Then the Melsanthy, after the necessary poojas, takes these paddy sheaves to the Lord. It is this most sanctified prasadam that devotees so lovingly take home.

Poonthanam (AD 1547-1640)

Poonthanam and Melpathur were contemporaries. Poonthanam was the family name, his personal name is not known. He married a heiress at 20, but for a long time , they had no children. Poonthanam


Anayottam or Elephant Race

AanayottamOnce Guruvayur was a Keezhedam of Thrikanamathilakam (Trikkunavay). The festival of Trikkunavay used to finish two days before the beginning of Guruvayur Utsavam. The elephants used to come


Chronicle of Events

chronic of eventsThe idol installed here at Guruvayur temple considered to be 5000 years old and lot of legends associated with it.



Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri ( AD 1559-1632 )

The most famous among the Guruvayur saints was Melpathur. He was born in Melpathur illam near Tirunavaya, famed as the theatre of the Mamankam festival. He was married to Achuta Pisharodi’s



ManjulalManjulal was a virtuous and devout girl belong to Variyar caste Every night she used to bring garlands for the Lord. One day she was late and the temple got closed. She could reach only up to the banyan tree



VisakhamThe vysakha month commences on the first day the new moon in the month of Medam. A more auspicious month for surrendering in total devosion to Lord Guruvayurappan cannot be had. Sreesankara jayanthi


Devotion of Nenmini Unni

Once there was a priest at Guruvayur temple named Nenmini Namboodiri. There was only one priest on those days. He had to go out on an urgent and unavoidable situation. He told his 12 year old



VishukkaniVishu, the first of the month of Medam brings joy to people all over kerala. Vishukkani of Guruvayur attracts thousands of devotees to the temple as early as 2. 00 am since it is Tamil New year day, there is a steady flow of pilgrims from



SankaracharyaOnce Sankaracharya was on his aerial journey to Shringeri. While above Guruvayur he smiled at the pompousness and vivacity of the procession of Sreebhootha Bali (feeding celestial attendants) and tried to pass the temple without


Krishnageethi Day

KrishnageethiSree Manaveda Raja. Zamorin Raja of Calicut wrote the Krishnageethi based on the Sreemad Bhagavatha Dasama and Ekadasa Skandhas and submitted it to Lord Guruvayurappan on the 30th day of Thulam 1160.


Villwamangalam's visions

Villwamangalam's devotion and dedication towards the Lord was such that he could have visions of the Lord, independent of the image. Wherever he went, he had visions. He visualised Vishnu, Siva, and in


Akshaya Tridiya

Akshaya tritiyaThe first Thridiya of Vysaka is regarded as Akshaya Thridiya. It is also known as Balaramajayanthi. Kazhchaseeveli is conducted in the temple. Naturally, the day is appropriately celebrated at the Balarama


Gita Day

Geetha DayAccording to mythology, it was on this day that lord Krishna imparted Shrimad Bagavath Gita to Arjuna at the battlefield of Kurukshethra. So this day is celebrated as Gita day. On this day the Gita parayanam and Prabhashanam are


Poonthanam Day

PoonthanamThe day of the star Aswathy in the month of kumbam(February-March) is celebrated as the Poonthanam day i


Vinayaka chaturthi

Ganesha Chaturthi , also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is the Hindu festival of Ganesha, the elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati, who is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees in the duration of this festival. It is the birthday of Lord Ganesha who is widely worshiped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. The festival is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). The date usually falls between 20 August and 15 September.


Guruvayur Ekadashi 2010

Ekadashi the eleventh day of every lunar fortnight, is very auspicious to the Hindus. Of the 24 Ekadasis in a year, the Vrishchika Ekadasi (Sukla paksha) has got special significance in Guruvayur. It falls in the Mandala season (17 November, 2010). The Navami (9th day) and Dasami (10th day) are also very important. Ekadasi Vilakku starts a month before the Ekadasi day as offering by different persons, families and organisations.Highlights of the Guruvayur Ekadasi are the memorial honour for Gajarajan Kesavan and the Chembai Sangeetholsavam.


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