Guruvayoor temple is one of the most famous temples of the Lord Sri Krishna, that is located near the town of the Guruvayoor in Kerala, India. Bhuloka Vaikunta is another popular great name of the Guruvayoor temple Kerala. According to the legends, the worship that is made by the deity here is more than 5000 years ago. But there are not some positive historical records to prove that. In nearly the fourteenth century, Kokasandesam that is actually a reference to the place that is known as the Kuruvayur was made. It was the 16th century, when many references of the Kuruvayur were seen.
In the Dravidian ancient language the meaning of the Kuruvai means so that is the main reason why the village that is one on the Malabar coast known as the Kuruvayoor. The earliest records of the Guruvayoor temple’s are mainly found in the 17th century. The first mention of the most important temples of the God Vishnu of Kerala is found in the songs of the Tamil, Alwars saints and the timeline of these peoples are also not exactly fit.
Mamankam was the one of the very famous type of local event that is organized in the Tirunavaya in the bank of the Bharatappuzha. The battles that take place between the Calicut under the Valluvanad and Zamorins are popularized Guruvayoor Temple. Due to some very big, prolonged battles, people across many riverbanks starts preferring the Guruvayoor. Even the famous Zamorin of the Calicut become a good devotee and hence his subjects followed him a quite great way.
You can find several Guruvayur temple images all over web like the one attached below.
The central shrine of the Guruvayoor temple that you can see today is mainly built in the 1638 AD. The process of viswabali was performed a quite late to just propitiate the spirits of the good and bad. As later in the end period of the 16th century the Guruvayoor temple had become the one of the most popular and elegant temples in all over the world.
History of Guruvayoor temple :
The Guruvayur temple history holds quite great story about the emergence of the Guruvayoor Temple in the Narada Purana. The famous king Parikshit, a good descendant of the Kuru dynasty, was being the grandson of Arjuna and the son of Abhimanyu and that was dying due to a bite of the fierce snake that’s name is the Takshaka.
After the death of his father, the son of the King Parikshit trued to get revenge by conducting a fierce yoga that is named as the sarpasatra. There are many innocent snakes that got harmed and get killed in that ritual fire. But only the one who didn’t die is the Takshaka because he had drank the Amrita. Thus, the Janamejaya got cursed by the snakes and was greatly affected with the leprosy of several snakes. He tried the utmost best to get his disease cure, but he didn’t get succeeded and as well as his condition also didn’t improve.
Thus, slowly – slowly, his conditions got worse and become weaker and weaker over the time. At that critical time, the honorable sage Dattatreya appeared before him and requested him to worship the God Lord Mahavishnu of the Guruvayoor to get cure his problem of Leprosy. He also told him about the greatness of the idol there. After doing worship of Lord Mahavishnu for several years the problem of Leprosy to the Janamejaya got completely cured. After seeing this wonderful miracle almost every person starts to worship the Great Lord Mahavishnu of the Guruvayoor temple.
Even though today also the idol in Guruvayoor is still considered as that Vishnu is still known as the avatar of Krishna here and as well as it also known as the body of Lord Krishna is still running around the incognito of the Guruvayoor temple. Guruvayoor’s other great names are known as the Bhoooloka Vaikunta or as well as the adobe of the Vishnu on the earth because the idol presents the actual full form of the Lord Vishnu.
Almost the whole life of this famous town revolves around the temple and there is a quite very little activity of those people who are beyond connected with the temple and as well as there are also some few other noteworthy temples in this region. You can easily reach the famous Guruvayoor temple by train, car from the town of the Thrissuw which is quite very close to the Cochin. In addition to this if you want to quickly reach this temple you can also take use of the flight, the airports of this famous cities are quite widely connected with almost all big cities of India.
God Krishna in the Guruvayoor is known as the Sri Guruvayoorappan. The meaning of the Appan means the God or maybe farther, so the title simply defines the God or father of the Guruvayoor. This small idol is beautifully made up of the stones that are called as the black antimony and it is also a magnetic stone that has some special medicinal facilities.
Guruvayoor Temple Darshan Timings :
The temple opens at 3.00 AM
-3.00am to 3.30am Nirmalyam
-3.20am to 3.30am Oilabhishekam, Vakacharthu, Sankhabhishekam
3.30am to 4.15am Malar Nivedyam, Alankaram
4.15am to 4.30am Usha Nivedyam
4.30am to 6.15am Ethirettu pooja followed by Usha pooja
7.15am to 9.00am Seeveli,Palabhishekam,Navakabhishekam, Pantheeradi Nivedyam, and Pooja
11.30am to 12.30pm Ucha pooja (the noon pooja)
TEMPLE WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 1.30PM AND 4.30PM AND REOPENS AT 4.30 PM
4.30pm to 5.00pm Seeveli
6.00pm to 6.45pm Deeparadhana
7.30pm to 7.45pm Athazha pooja Nivedyam
7.45pm to 8.15pm Athazha pooja
8.45pm to 9.00pm Athazha seeveli
9.00pm to 9.15pm Thrippuka, Olavayana
Coming on to the location and Major Tourist Information about the Temple and Nearby :
Instead of Guruvayoor, you can easily take a flight to the Calicut International Airport on the regular basis, that is just 77 Km away. And if you are planning to travel through train, then there are many major trains that travel to the Guruvayoor Railway station and as well as you can take bus. The famous Krishna Temple in the town of the Guruvayoor in Kerala is considered from the one of the five major famous temples in the India.
The Other Major Attractions That You Can See Around the Guruvayoor Temple :
Elephant park (Anakotta) which is the nearest and most popular one attraction that you can see near the Guruvayoor. This beautiful park is kept in a more then ten acre plot near the Mammiyoor. Walking alongside with fifty to eighty Guruvayur elephants is quite an enormous experience that you can gain by just travelling 4 kms away from the Guruvayoor.
Palayoor Church is the other great attraction that you can see just 2 km away from the Guruvayoor temple. This beautiful church is a quite intersting place to gain some insights that are related to the development of the one of the major religions in state Kerala.
In addition to this the Chettuva backwater that is 8 kms away from the Guruvayoor is quite more than the set of canals, islets and as well as the coconauts. Boating at chettuva is always considered as one of the best ways for the tourists to spend their loving hours.
Coming to Our Last Topic of Staying In The City :
If you have to planned for a long trip or wants to stay in the city, there are a lot of options available for the people. The first is the IRCTC Retiring Rooms which is made available by the Railway department at a very cheap rate charging it for every 12 hours and later-on comes all the other means like hotel, lodges and guest Houses.
Today the facilities are made available for all types of Resting Rooms to book it online from your home before starting your journey including the Railway’s Retiring Room.
So according to convenience and Spiritual Beliefs, Guruvayoor temple is one of the perfect temple which should surely be visited once.