Guruvayur Temple

Guruvayur Temple, Sri Krishna Abode. Temple is near to Thrissur Kerala. It is believed that this temple holds the history of 5000 years.

Guruvayur Temple Legends

Lord Sri Krishna before leaving to heaven, had gifted his own Idol to the foremost disciple Uddhava and ordered him to install the Idol in consultation with Guru, for the benefit of all beings. On Uddhava’s request, Guru (Bruhaspathy) along with Vayu (God of Wind) went on a search for the suitable place and was able to identify beautiful lake with full of lotuses where Lord Siva and Goddess Parvathi were residing. On seeing them with the Idol, Lord Siva told them to install the Idol here, while Lord Siva and Goddess were moved to nearby Mammiyur.

Later Divine architect Viswakarma built the temple for the Idol here, as this Idol was installed by Guru and Vayu, this place was popular with their names as Guruvayur. Every year on the day of Vishnu (Malayalam New Year) sunrays touches the holy feet of the Lord.

Another version of the legend, It is Parasurama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu who commanded Guru and Vayu to install the Idol here.

It is said that King Parikshit, Grand son of Arjuna bathed here in the temple tank and worshiped the Lord for the cure from leprosy.

Another interesting story attached to this temple is that Pandya King bathed here in the temple tank and worshiped the Lord to get relieved from the curse of dying from a snake bite. Who later built the temple to show his devotion.

It is said that The Lord Brahma ( God of Creation), Sage Kasyapa, Sutapa, Vasudeva were worshiped the Lord here.

Guruvayur Temple Dress Code

Men: White Dhoti and Upper Cloth

Women: Saree, Half saree

Precautions: Banyan, T-shirt, Lungi, chequered clothes,  pyjama will not be allowed. Items can be safely deposited at the temple entrance.

Guruvayur Temple Timings

Temple Timings: 3:00 am – 9:3o pm

Pooja Timings

TimingsPooja/ Seva
3:00 amNirmalyam
3:10 amVakacharthu
3:45 amMalar Naivedyam – Alankaram
4:15 amUsha Pooja
6:15 amSeeveli
7:15 amPalabhishekam – Pantheeradi Pooja
11:30 am -12:30 pmUcha Pooja
4:30 pmSeeveli
6:15 pmDeeparadhana
7:30 pmAthaza Pooja
8:45 pmAthaza Seeveli
9:00 pm – 9:15 pmTripuka (Nada Closes)

Guruvayur Temple Senior Citizens Darshan Timings

Morning Hours: 5:00 am – 8:00 am

Evening Hours: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

How to reach Guruvayur Temple?

By Air

  1. Kochi International Airport, Nedumbassery is 79 km away.
  2. Calicut International Airport is 82 km away

By Train

  1. Direct Trains are available from all parts of India to Thrissur.
  2. Thrissur Railway station is 27 Km away

By Road

  1. Thrissur Bus station is 26 km away
  2. Shoranur is 44 km away

Important Temples in Guruvayur

  1. Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram is at a walkable distance from this temple
  2. Parthasarathy Temple is 1.3 km away from this temple.
  3. Thiruvenkitam Temple is 2.1 Km away from this holy shrine.

Places Nearby Guruvayur Temple

  1. Triprayar Temple is 23.4 Km away
  2. Kodungallur Temple is 48.5 Km away
  3. Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple is 96 km away
  4. Kaladi Temple is 22 Km away from this temple.

Guruvayur Temple Gallery

Reference Link: Temple History